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October - December 2019
Jewish Film Series - Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30pm
Directed by Oren Rudavsky I 85 min I Documentary I USA I 2019

     Joseph Pulitzer’s New York newspaper, The World, would transform American media and make him wealthy, admired and feared. Throughout his four decades as a reporter and publisher, he created a powerful artistic vehicle that spoke to an unprecedented number of readers.
     Pulitzer is an American icon who spoke of “fake news” over one hundred years ago. He fought the dangers that the suppression of news had for a democracy long before our present threats to press freedom. While he is remembered for the prizes that bear his name, his own heroic battles in the face of grave illness and Presidential ire have been forgotten as has the artistry and game changing originality he brought to newspapers. How did Joseph Pulitzer, once a penniless young Jewish immigrant from Hungary, come to challenge a popular president and fight for freedom of the press as essential to our democracy? "Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People" is a fascinating look into the life, accomplishments, and legacy of the man behind the Pulitzer Prize.
     Talkback discussion to follow moderated by Jeff South, Associate Professor, Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Presented by The Arenstein Family
 Advance Tickets: $10 JCC Members, $12 Non-members, Patrons: Included with subscription, At the Door: $15

Literary Event with Rabbi Shlomo Pereira
Jewish Voices of Portugal
Thursday, October 24 at 7:00pm
Co-hosted by The U.S. Embassy to Portugal

     Jewish Voices of Portugal, co-authored by Rabbi Shlomo Pereira and Rabbi Eli Rosenfeld, features commentaries on the Torah from six rabbis with direct connections to Portugal.  While their work spans two centuries (mid-1400's – mid 1600’s), the messages couldn’t be more relevant to our lives today. Rabbi Pereira will be joined by Mario Martins, Political Counselor and Sandra Pires, Cultural Attache, for the U.S. Embassy to Portugal.
     Rabbi Shlomo Pereira is a native of Lisbon, Portugal and moved to the United States in 1982. He received his rabbinical ordination in Jerusalem in 2004 and has served in the last two decades as assistant rabbi and education director at Chabad of Virginia. He got his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and is better known in Portugal as an economist and by his Portuguese name of Alfredo Marvão Pereira. Rabbi Pereira lives with his wife Elisheva in Richmond, Virginia. They have five children and six grandchildren who live in the USA and in Israel and who all share a great love for Portugal. His passions, aside from Judaic Studies and Economics include history, in particular Portuguese history.

The Pink Hulk: One Woman’s Journey to Find the Superhero Within
Presented by Massey Cancer Center
In cooperation with Hadassah Richmond
Written and Performed by Valerie David
Sunday, October 27, 2019  3:00pm
In Advance: $25 I JCC Member: $22 I Promoter Patron & above: Included with subscription, $28 at the door

     Now battling breast cancer after fighting off lymphoma, Valerie does something most people facing cancer for the second time in their life probably wouldn’t think of doing. With a fear that she might lose “the girls”, the first thing on her to-do list is to take them out for one last hurrah. And does she succeed? Is there a “happy ending”? This sexy, adventurous award-winning solo show follows the triumphant journey of one woman seeking her own "hulk-like" strength to find her superhero within.
     Valerie is an actor in both theater and film, as well as a playwright. She was raised in Richmond and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and James Madison University. Her credits include the Off-Broadway production of A Stoop on Orchard Street, Cookie in Rumors and Claudia Shear’s Blown Sideways Through Life. Films: How I Became that Jewish Guy, which premiered at the NYC Film Festival, and Bridges and Tunnels.

Sara D. November Gallery Opening – Lynn Goldstein: Transitions
October 30 – December 20
Opening Reception: October 30 at 7:00 pm

     The Weinstein JCC is delighted to show the landscapes paintings of artist, Lynn Goldstein, in the Sara D. November Gallery. To, Lynn, nature is her oasis of the mind. While among the trees, she says she can almost feel the pulsating life force and the land is a living, almost sentient environment. Through the process of using texture, light, shadow, and heightened, sometimes vibrant colors, she expresses the emotions she derives from being in nature. In addition to painting landscapes, Lynn has found opportunities to explore her roots as a Jewish American through her work on installations. Two such installations, Diaspora and Treatise, are examples of Lynn’s ability to move outside her comfort zone to communicate artistically in new ways.

About the Artist
     Lynn Goldstein has exhibited widely, winning awards, in nationally juried exhibitions and galleries, and her work is enjoyed in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Schar Cancer Institute, and the United States Department of State. Notably, one of her paintings were selected for the permanent collection in the Jean-Haffen Museum in Dinan, France. Additionally, Lynn was one of fifteen American artists selected to participate in the Caravan multicultural and international art project which took place at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC in 2014. Her installation work exploring her Jewish roots was selected for exhibition at the Smithsonian S Dillon Ripley Center in Washington, D.C. in 2015.

Sponsored by Hirschler
FREE and open to the public.

Book Fair Event with John Simon
Strangers in a Stranger Land
Co-hosted by Congregation Beth Ahabah
Wednesday, November 6 at 7pm
Free and Open to the Public

     First published in Finnish in 2017 under a different name, Strangers in a Stranger Land was one of four books listed for History Book of the Year and tells the story of how one country’s Jews fought an unwinnable war alongside Nazis troops… and survived.
     During World War II, 260,000 German soldiers arrived in Finland. The Nazis murdered millions of Jews around Europe, but in Finland Jews fought alongside the Germans against the Soviet Union. Not a single one was harmed by their Nazi brothers-in-arms. A field synagogue functioned on the front line, and several openly Jewish soldiers were even awarded the German iron cross. This happened nowhere else. How was it possible in Finland?
     John Simon has special ties to Richmond as well as Congregation Beth Ahabah. His great-great grandfather, Abraham Hutzler, was one of the earliest members of Congregation Beth Ahabah and his great grandfather, Charles Hutzler, served as the congregation’s president from 1909-1919. Charles was also chairman of Richmond Public Schools and Laurel Reformatorie School. He founded the Central National Bank in 1911.

The Fife-Davis Family Annual Jewish Book Fair & Gift Shop will take place November 6 – 21 at the Weinstein JCC.

Book Fair Event with Inbal Arieli
Chutzpah: Why Israel is a Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Thursday, November 7 at 12pm
Free and Open to the Public

     Tech insider Inbal Arieli reveals the secrets behind how Israel, a tiny country with the highest concentration of start-ups per capita worldwide, is raising generations of entrepreneurs, disrupting markets around the globe, and bringing change to the world.  Arieli goes against common belief that Israel’s outstanding economic accomplishments are the direct byproduct of its technologically advanced military, or long-standing Jewish traditions of study and questioning. Instead, she posits that in today’s modern Israel, it’s the result of the unique way Israelis are raised in tribal-like community, where childhoods are purposely shaped by challenges and risks.  In this culture that encourages chutzpah, supports creative thinking, and risk taking, children grow up and develop to have the courage to pursue unorthodox and often revolutionary approaches to change and innovation.
     Inbal Arieli is a serial entrepreneur and former officer in the Israeli Defense Forces Elite Intelligence Unit 8200.  She has held numerous executive positions in leading Israeli tech companies, founded a series of programs for innovators, has led the Strategic Partnerships for Start-Up Nation Central and is currently Founder and CO-CEO of Synthesis.

This event is part of the Jewish Book Council

Three Perspectives on Anti-Semitism at The Jepson Alumni Center, Robins Pavilion at the University of Richmond
Thursday, November 7 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm

     Come join us for an important panel discussion and conversation on anti-Semitism as presented from the local, regional, national, and international perspectives. Learn about what is being done to identify, prevent, and address anti-Semitic activities and how organizations and individuals of all ages, backgrounds and faiths can be proactive and help.
     We will hear from three expert speakers, then engage in a question-and-answer period. 

Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson, Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond will moderate this event.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Richmond’s Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning, the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, and The Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required at

Book Fair Event with Mark Federman
Russ and Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House that Herring Built
Co-hosted by JCFR’s Enterprise Circle
Friday, November 8 at 8am
Admission includes breakfast from Russ & Daughters (straight from NYC)  
In Advance $8 I At the Door $10

     Russ & Daughters is a New York and culinary and cultural icon, known for the highest quality appetizing food: smoked fish, caviar, bagels, bialys, babka and other traditional baked goods.  The home of bagels and lox since 1914, Russ & Daughters has been continuously owned by four generations of the Russ family. The original landmark shop on East Houston Street has been in the same spot for 105 years.  Russ & Daughters continues to provide the taste and traditions of a true New York experience. Mark Federman, the former owner of the beloved appetizing store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, tells the delightful, mouthwatering story of an immigrant family’s journey from a pushcart in 1907 to “New York’s most hallowed shrine to the miracle of caviar, smoked salmon, ethereal herring, and silken chopped liver” (The New York Times Magazine).

Havdalah at Hilbert with Sheldon Low
Saturday, November 9 
7:30-9:30 pm at Camp Hilbert-2240 Maidens Rd., Maidens, VA 23102
 (Inclement weather location will be at the Weinstein JCC)

Havdalah is the Jewish ceremony that marks the symbolic end of Shabbat and ushers in the new week. Join us in celebrating under the stars and immersed in the beauty of Camp Hilbert! This musical experience will be complete a campfire and sweet treats.  Attendees should bring flashlights and blankets to sit on.

Sponsored by the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and the Rachel Banks Foundation
$10 per household for JCC Members and $15 per household for Non-Members

The Dora L. Lewis Family & Child Development Center and Kids’ Place Present:
An Afternoon with Sheldon Low
Sunday, November 10 from 3:30-4:30 pm

     Join us for a fun, family concert! The Weinstein JCC is excited to be hosting renowned, Jewish musician, Sheldon Low, for a weekend of events that will be fun for the whole family.
     Sheldon Low continues to establish himself as a prominent voice in contemporary Jewish music, with 5 albums to his name and more as the highly acclaimed duo “Hadar and Sheldon.”  A self-proclaimed road warrior, Low performs in over 100 concerts, services, and workshops around North America each year. In addition to becoming a mainstay of congregational life, Sheldon’s music has become the soundtrack of the lives of hundreds of thousands of children around the globe, thanks in part to PJ Library distributing two of his children’s albums and featuring him on countless other compilation albums.  Sheldon is also widely known for creating and hosting the innovative Jewish Songwriter podcast. He is currently the artist-in-residence at Temple Israel of the City of New York and lives in Harlem with his wife and musical partner, Hadar Orshalimy. Together, they are known as secular folk-pop duo “We Are The Northern Lights.” For more info, visit

Sponsored by the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond
$10 per household for JCC Members and $15 per household for Non-Members

Book Fair Event with Peter Gethers
My Mother’s Kitchen
Co-hosted by Jewish Women’s Club
Tuesday, November 12 at 11am
Free and Open to the Public
RSVP to Emily Neal at

     With his trademark wit and knowing eye, Peter Gethers has written an unforgettable memoir about how food and family can do much more than feed us—they can nourish our souls.
     Restaurateur daughter of Ratner’s, New York City’s legendary restaurant, Judy Gethers didn’t discover her passion for cooking until in her late 50’s. After a very successful career mentoring the most famous chefs in America (Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton, Jonathan Waxman), Judy was robbed her ability to cook by a debilitating stroke.  Her son, Peter, sets out to give his aging mother a very personal and perhaps final gift: a spectacular feast featuring all her favorite dishes. The problem is, although he was raised to love food and wine, he doesn’t really know how to cook. In an exuberant and entertaining memoir, novelist, screenwriter, playwright, editor, and producer Gethers pays homage to his mother, an accomplished cook, and to the amazing food they both loved. 
     Peter Gethers is an author, screenwriter, playwright, book editor, and film and television producer. His eleven previous books include The Cat Who Went to Paris, the first in a bestselling trilogy about his extraordinary cat, Norton. He is also the

co-creator and co-producer of the hit off-Broadway play Old Jews Telling Jokes. He lives in New York City, Sag Harbor, New York, and, whenever possible, Sicily.

Featured Book Fair Event with David Makovsky
Be Strong and Of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny
Thursday, November 14 at 7:30pm
$15 I JCC Member: $12 I $18 at the door

     Co-written by David Makovsky and Dennis Ross, Be Strong and Of Good Courage is a portrait of modern Israel’s founding fathers -- the generation of brave, defining leaders unafraid to make bold decisions in order to safeguard the country’s future.  David Ben Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, and Ariel Sharon were all present at the creation of the new nation in 1948. Over the next sixty years, each served as prime minister at a time when the country’s existence was directly imperiled.  In those moments, extraordinary acts of leadership and strategic judgment to secure its future were needed and these leaders rose to the occasion.  
     Today, Israeli may be on the verge of sacrificing the essential character that its greatest citizens fought to secure. Be Strong and of Good Courage is the story of that epic struggle.  
     David Makovsky is one of America’s leading experts on Israel.  He is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations.  He has been an adjunct professor of Middle East studies at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies since 2000 and was a senior advisor on Israel-Palestinian affairs in the Office of the Secretary of State during the Obama Administration.

The Global Day of Jewish Learning
Sunday, November 17
2:00 - 4:30 PM at the Weinstein JCC 

On November 17, Jews around the world will share a day of Jewish learning, dialogue and exploration, joining together in celebration of all that unites us. This annual celebration brings Jews across the spectrum of beliefs and backgrounds together through our shared love of learning.

All Events are FREE. Registration Required.

For a full schedule and to register, visit

Book Fair Event with Rebecca Erbelding 
Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe
Co-hosted by 5400 Club
Monday, November 18 at 12pm
Free and Open to the Public
RSVP to Emily Neal at 

*Winner of the National Jewish Book Award* {Include NEW logo for the Jewish Book Council}

Intriguing history of the only U.S. government agency ever founded with the express purpose “to save the lives of civilians being murdered by a wartime enemy.”

     Holocaust historian, Rebecca Erbelding, pieces together years of research and newly uncovered archival materials to tell the dramatic story of America’s little-known efforts to save the Jews of Europe.
     Rebecca Erbelding is an archivist, curator and historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.  She has a PhD in American history from George Mason University. She and her work have been profiled in The Washington Post, The New York Times and The New Yorker and featured on the History Channel, NPR and other media outlets.

This event is part of the Jewish Book Council
Book Fair Community Read Event with Amy Blumenfeld - The Cast
Co-hosted with Hadassah Richmond
Tuesday, November 19 at 7pm
In advance: $15 I JCC Member: $12 I Patron: Included with subscription
$20 at the door
Admission includes light dinner and wine

     Inspired by the actions of her own circle of caring friends and family when she was battling cancer as a child, Amy Blumenfeld’s debut novel centers on a group of ninth graders who produce a Saturday Night Live-style video to cheer up their ailing friend, Becca. The show’s running time was only ninety minutes, but it had a lasting impact: Becca laughed her way through recovery, and the group became her supporting cast for life.
     25 years later, on the anniversary of Becca Night Live, the friends reunite over the Fourth of July to celebrate Becca’s good health—but nothing goes as planned. The happy holiday card facades everyone’s been hiding behind quickly crumble and give way to an unforgettable three days filled with complex moral dilemmas and life-altering choices. Through humor, drama, and the alternating perspectives of five characters, The Cast explores the power of forgiveness, the importance of authenticity, and the immeasurable value of deep, enduring friendships to buoy us when life plays out differently than expected. 
     Amy Blumenfeld’s articles and essays have appeared in various publications including the New York Times, the Huffington Post, O, The Oprah Magazine as well as on the cover of People. A graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was the recipient of the James A. Wechsler Award for National Reporting. The Cast, her first novel, is the 2018 IPPY Gold Medal winner in Popular Fiction, an International Book Awards finalist in Best New Fiction and was listed by the New York Post as a “Best Book of the Week.”

Jewish Family Theater presents Gypsy
December 12 – 22
Artistic Director: Debra Clinton
Musical Director: Stephen Rudlin
In advance: $25 I JCC Member: $20 I Patron: Included with subscription
$27 at the door

     Regarded by many theater professionals as the greatest musical ever created, GYPSY is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success… while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America in the 1920’s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Arthur Laurents’ landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart, and sophistication.
     Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne’s celebrated score boasts one glorious hit after another, including: “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People,” “You’ll Never Get Away from Me,” “If Momma Was Married,” “All I Need Is the Girl,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “You Gotta Get A Gimmick,” “Small World,” and “Together Wherever We Go.”

Opening night: Thursday, December 12 at 7:30pm
Performances: December 14, 18, 19, 21 at 7:30pm; December 15 and 22 at 2:00pm

Recommended for ages 16+