The Reflector December 2018

l AGENCIES in this issue SUPER SUNDAY PAGE 2 FEDERATION Jewish Community Federation OF RICHMOND R eflector the Volume 66 | Issue 12 Kislev/Tisvet 5779 | December 2018 ANNUAL MEETING PAGE 12 SYNAGOGUES FEDERATION 2 AGENCIES 8 SYNAGOGUES 14 COMMUNITY 23 HADASSAH 31 FOUNDATION 34 TABLE of CONTENTS Happy Hanukkah BETH AHABAH DEDICATION PAGE 16 ‘We are one family’ By Nina Dater VCU Class of 2019 M y name is Nina Ma’ayan Skirboll Dater and I am a proud member of Tree of Life Congregation. My parents were married at the Synagogue, I had my Bat Mitzvah there, and I attended high holiday and Shabbat services when I was home. I grew up in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, a Jewish haven for all. There was a Kosher store a few blocks away frommy house, multiple Synagogues, and I even attended a Jew- ish Day School for nine years. None of this matters though because on Sat- urday, Oct. 27, 11 people from my home were murdered. Regardless of how Jewish and safe my hometown felt, it was still not safe enough. These 11 people were just praying and worship- ping in their Synagogue, not doing anything hateful, but hate was used to kill them. Cecil Rosenthal (OBM) greeted everyone at my Bat Mitzvah and told me a joke so I would laugh when he saw I was nervous to recite my Love not hate Haftarah. Now that he is unfortunately gone, this memory will have to last forever. I had seen and spoken the other ten martyrs from my Syn- agogue throughout my whole life at Tree of Life and in Squirrel Hill. My past connections with them is all I have and this too will have to last. With all of the pain and sadness I was feel- ing, my VCU community came together for me and everyone else hurting. On the Monday af- ter, Rabbi Friedman and Jewish Life at VCU organized a vigil for the eleven lives lost and all that were injured. Together with 120 students and staff, we all stood in a circle in the middle of campus and lit candles and listened to the Rabbi speak words of love. Because we need more love in this world and a lot less hate. Then people said the names of the 11, and we all shed a tear because re- gardless of your connection to Tree of Life, we all were feeling sadness and pain. This attack was not just on the Tree of Life – or L’Simcha Synagogue, but on the Jews of the world. This is what we need more in this world, love. We all have different hometowns, back- grounds, cultures, but that does not mean we Nina Ma’ayan Skirboll Dater Contributed Photo should be mean to someone who is different. The more light and love we spread, the less hate there is. I will always remember these eleven beautiful souls who were all taken too soon by hate. Now we must shine brighter for them. Waving their glow sticks and singing “Oh Seh Shalom,” people of all ages and faiths at- tended the Night of Unity Vigil on Oct. 30 at the Weinstein JCC. Photo by Adrienne Winkelmann Joyce Feinberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein,Melvin Wax, Irving Younger “Kol yisrael arevein zeh lazeh” All Jews are responsible one for another. M ore than 2,000 people of all ages and faiths including Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam and Common- wealth Attorney General Mark Herring attended the Night of Unity Community Vigil on Oct. 30 to join in memory of the 11 Jews who were killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh three days earlier. The gathering outside the Weinstein JCC featured remarks and readings from Jewish agency community leaders, Rabbis, Christian clergy and Muslin leaders, as well as Northam and Herring. “The defining characteristic of Jews has always been our sense of people-hood,” said Ellen Renee Adams, president of Jewish Community Federation of Richmond. “The idea that connects us all together is no matter where we live, or how we practice, we are one people. We are one family. We care for and support one another. When one of us hurts, we all hurt. Adams began and concluded her remarks by reciting the Night of Unity More on page 16

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