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Beth Ahabah Happenings 

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Early spring has been a busy time for young adults in the Jewish community!

In March, Beth Ahabah’s Young Adult Community Kibbitz (YACK) offered a special private tour of Richmond’s Agecroft Hall. Titled “Jews in the Middle Ages,” the tour tied the furnishings and artifacts from the 15th century English manor house to Jewish history of the medieval period—and the antisemitism that forced many Jews to abandon their homes in England during that time.

Even so, Jewish knowledge and the Hebrew language made its way into English culture. Jewish artists and scholars influenced medieval European painting and music; one of Agecroft’s canvases includes a Hebrew phrase.

The tour concluded with the more recent history of Agecroft Hall, including the building’s removal from its foundation in Lancashire, England, to its current home in the Windsor Farms subdivision on the banks of the James River.

NextGen Adventure Day

As the weather warmed into April, YACK teamed up with the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and Temple Beth-El to sponsor the “NextGen Adventure Day High Ropes Course” event. Excited participants (most of whom had never completed a ropes or zipline course) gathered at Canopy Adventure Park in Midlothian on April 10th to don safety harnesses and gloves.

After a bit of practice with carabiners, clips, zip trolleys, and cables, the group spent the next two hours walking, climbing, swinging, and ziplining high above the ground!

The course proved to be a both a challenging adventure and a fun way to make new friends. The group gathered afterward to toast their accomplishments (everyone successfully completed at least one of the four ropes courses at the park!) at nearby Triple Crossing Brewery.

Congregation Beth Ahabah is in the process of planning more YACK events for 2022-2023! Contact Sarah Roper at programs@bethahabah.org to join our mailing list, and watch Beth Ahabah’s Facebook and Instagram pages for upcoming activities such as roller skating, hikes/trash cleanups, and apple picking. Beth Ahabah’s Young Adult Community Kibbitz creates opportunities for Richmond area adults between 20 and 45(-ish) to come together to celebrate community and Jewish culture.

 

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