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After a long year of virtual-only programming, Arts + Ideas at the Weinstein JCC is excited to offer in-person events once again. And now, with new technology, for select events only, we can also offer those who prefer the option to remain virtual and watch the program’s livestream from the comfort of their homes. The best of both worlds!

The Wizard of Oz

Jewish Family Theatre’s Second Stage program will present the Young Performers’ Edition of The Wizard of Oz, a shorter adaptation of the popular musical specially tailored for elementary school and middle school aged children. With artistic direction by Debra Clinton and musical direction by Stephen Rudlin, audiences of all ages will enjoy the classic tale.

Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination. Performances will be in-person in the Neil November Auditorium on Sunday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. Masks must be worn and groups will be seated in pods. Tickets are $15/$12 JCC Member.

Violins of Hope

A closeup of a violin from the Violins of Hope collection with the Star of David on the back.

A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and of the Israeli violin maker dedicated to bringing these inspirational of History and Culture, and the Black History Museum, these violins can be seen and heard at various venues throughout the Richmond area.

The Weinstein JCC is grateful for the support of Linda and Earl Ferguson (of blessed memory) whose generosity has provided the opportunity to host a Violins of Hope chamber music concert featuring Jocelyn Vorenberg and musicians from the Richmond Symphony on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

The concert, Stories and Strings, will include commentary and stories about the violins by Dr. James Grymes, professor and author of the book, Violins of Hope. Pricing is as follows: In-Person: $25/$20 JCC Members; Livestream (per household): $25/$20 JCC Members; Included in the A+I subscription.

Arts + Ideas Kick Off

The new season of Arts + Ideas will kick-off on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. with

Batsheva

Jewish folksinger, Batsheva, performing the songs of Leonard Cohen. In Dance Me to the End of Love, Batsheva will share the Jewish roots of the late composer which ran deeper than his iconic, Hallelujah.

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Cohen grew up steeped in Jewish life and learning. Canadian folksinger, Batsheva, holds the only authorized translations for Cohen’s songs in Yiddish and Hebrew.

The audience will learn about Cohen’s intensely Jewish roots- and hear his music – in Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew. Tickets are $28/$24 for JCC Members for in-person performance; $25 per household for livestream.

For more information about upcoming events and to purchase tickets, visit www.weinsteinjcc.org.

The Weinstein JCC is supported, in part, by a generous annual contribution, programming grants and COVID-19 Crisis Relief Funds from the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond.

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