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Dr. Peter S. Heyman and High School Faculty to be honored at Shalsheles Event


Dr. Peter S. Heyman, MD, FAAP of RVA Pediatrics will be honored with the Magen Award at Benjamin and Lillian Rochkind Yeshiva of Virginia and Shaarei Torah of Richmond’s annual Shalsheles Event in recognition of his role serving as the schools’ medical expert throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The schools are also honoring their frontline heroes – the faculty – for their determination and dedication to the schools and their students by coming in every day to teach classes in person (albeit with masks, barriers and other less-than-ideal teaching conditions).


The theme of the event is “connection.” The event incorporates both a high school graduation and an awards ceremony, representing the connection between the high schools, their students, and the broader Richmond Jewish community, and showcasing notable community members as role models for the students.

As the event typically enjoys broad support from alumni, it provides a unique opportunity for former students to connect back to their high school. And more broadly, the event highlights the schools’ effort to connect the students to previous generations of Jews and our Mesorah (Jewish tradition) through religious and general education in order to prepare them for life after high school. These connections give the event its name, as Shalsheles means “chain” in Hebrew.

At Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

The Shalsheles Event, typically a seated event at the Westin Richmond, will be held this year on Sunday, June 20, at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen (2880 Mountain Road). The change in venue allows for flexibility to adhere to Covid guidelines in case the event can only be held outdoors or needs to be limited to a small group. The schools invite you and all other friends, parents, alumni, students, community members and well-wishers to attend.

To donate or to RSVP, visit www.shalshelesevent.com.

For more information and further questions email shalshelesevent@gmail.com.

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