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Community focuses on rebuilding at Weinstein JCC 4th Annual Global Day of Jewish Learning


The Weinstein JCC hosted its 4th annual Global Day of Jewish Learning, an international day of study and unity, on Sunday, Nov. 13.

More than 130 community members attended the event that focused on Rebuilding: How do we heal ourselves and our relationships? How do we proceed after national tragedies? How have the Jewish People moved forward following times of crisis?

Participants were able to choose from seven different learning sessions led by local Richmond Rabbis as well as attend a panel discussion with the Rabbis and facilitated by Roberta Oster.

The event culminated in a lovely meet and greet cocktail reception sponsored by Melissa and Andy Brownstein that provided a less formal atmosphere to mix and mingle.

The hard work and dedication of event chairs, Melissa and Andy Brownstein and Elaine and Mitchell Ragone, along with committee members Millie Becker, Gary Goldberg, Bonnie Kasoff, Julie Mullian and Amy Melnick-Scharf was evident.

The result was an uplifting and joyful day of meaningful Jewish learning that was open to the entire Richmond Jewish community.

A special feature of the day was the interactive art project led by Holly Markhoff, artist and JCC Community Engagement Coordinator.

Guided by the concept of Tikkun Olam along with the theme of community “rebuilding,” over 20 Jewish middle school students from a variety of synagogues and schools created three Tzedek Boxes that are currently displayed at the Weinstein JCC.

Attendees were invited to submit recent acts of Tikkun Olam along with their reflections into the boxes. On Sunday, May 7, the boxes will be opened at the Virginia Holocaust Museum. The meaningful acts and reflections will be read aloud, highlighting the importance of each righteous act and encouraging future reflection and action.

We are grateful to the Rabbis for generously giving their time to participate in Global Day of Jewish Learning and for sharing their thoughts and wisdom.

Thank you – Rabbi Dovid Asher (Keneseth Beth Israel), Rabbi Patrick Beaulier (Kehillah), Rabbi Sherri Grinsteiner (Congregation Or Atid), Rabbi Michael Knopf (Temple Beth-El), Rabbi Yossel Kranz (Chabad of Virginia), Rabbi Randi Nagel (Temple House of Israel, Staunton), Rabbi Scott Nagel (Congregation Beth Ahabah) and Rabbi Ahuva Zaches (Congregation Or Ami).

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