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Community Members Celebrate a Year of Success

At the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond's Annual Meeting on June 6, seven volunteers were honored with leadership awards and community members celebrated 72 years of progress and service to the Richmond and global Jewish communities.
Federation President Neil Kessler set the tone for the evening and noted, "I am proud to stand before you tonight to celebrate our Richmond Jewish Community ­ and there is much to celebrate this year.  We first celebrate our highly successful annual campaign, which will exceed our goal of $3.3 million, plus our Israel Emergency Campaign that has raised over $950,000."
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We’re Going To Israel

P2K Community Shaliach Ran Michaelis has recruited 10 teenagers for the Israel Teen Experience 2007, who will be joined by 10 Israeli teens from Emek Hefer. The group of 20 will spend two weeks together, touring and volunteering.
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Anna Avital and Ran Michaelis Recognized

Two individuals who have tirelessly assisted the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond on many outreach programs with Israel and the local Jewish and general communities over the past several years were recognized at the Federation's Annual Meeting. read more

Braun’s back, Kinsler’s in Detroit and other Jewish Major Leaguers

BALTIMORE (JTA) – In the biblical tradition of lingering in the desert en route to the Promised Land, Major League Baseball teams are packing up and embarking on their exodus from Arizona (and Florida) spring training sites to begin the new season. Nine Jewish players are likely to make the journey, led by Moses and Aaron — er, Ian Kinsler and Ryan Braun. A Jewish perennial, Kevin Youkilis, late of the New York Yankees, signed with Japan’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for this season. And veteran pitcher Jason Marquis, a free agent who won nine games last season with the San Diego Padres, was still looking for a team.

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The Jewish Federations of North America have released their 2014 public policy priorties; our Washington office brings the Federations’ voice to Capitol Hill and the White House, advocating for life-saving and humanitarian assistance in the United States and 70 other countries around the world.
 
Our priorities are: safeguarding our nation’s fiscal health while protecting the most vulnerable; promoting the international interests of the Jewish Federations; maximizing incentives for and supporting interests of charitable organizations; meeting the needs of Holocaust Survivors and empowering older adults to age in place; sustaining community services to alleviate poverty; protecting Medicaid, Medicare, and the health safety net; safeguarding the Jewish community from terrorism and extremism; advocating on behalf of individuals with disabilities; coordinating rapid and effective disaster and emergency relief; speaking out for children and families; securing federal funding for community programs; and assisting immigrants and refugees.
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Free the Soldiers!

Help bring the Israeli soldiers home! Advocate For the safe return of the abducted Israeli soldiers Visit Freethesoldiers.org to learn more. read more

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Spotlight on Volunteer: Norman Sporn

Dr. Norman Sporn has been a longtime community volunteer and lay leader, but his commitment and time dedicated to Holocaust and Tolerance education is the most notable.
Sporn is a lifelong Richmonder, who practiced medicine for 27 years and then served as a consultant to Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center for another decade. He and his wife, Patricia, have three children and are proud grandparents of eight.
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