This April we’re Zooming to Israel on a Virtual Mission — and you’re invited! Join us for a series of virtual events including sightseeing tours, an interactive cooking demonstration, speaker series, winery tours, and special celebrations for Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut.
This is Israel YOUR way. Choose from the menu (one or more) of programs and enjoy with friends and family. (Programs will last approximately one hour.) We are proud to bring you local, national and international programs that celebrate and honor Israel. The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond’s Virtual Mission Trip to Israel 2021 brings you exclusive access to quality programs that will help you imagine you are still traveling, and remind you of the joys of visiting Israel in person (but without the jet lag!).
Thank you to our chairs for their leadership and support: Jay & Lynn Schwartz, Brian & Ruth Greene, Stuart & Dawn Siegel.
A special ceremony bringing together more than 100 Holocaust survivors.
Join Partnership2Gether to hear the story of Josef Sroka who escaped Przemysl Ghetto as a young boy with his mother and sister and lived under a fake Catholic identity. Narrated by his son, Dani Sroka.
Shakshukah - "As Israeli as can be"
We will meet for an Israeli cuisine workshop with Cordon Bleu Chef, Guy Vengelnik, featuring Pita bread, spicy Shakshukah, Tahini and Israeli salad. The workshop will be live so please ensure your camera covers your work area so the Chef can see and work with you. Seating will be limited to the first 40 registrants. Families and couples are invited to register together.
Menu with ingredients to follow after registration.
Special Guest, Dr. James Grymes
James A. Grymes is an internationally respected musicologist, a critically acclaimed author, and a dynamic speaker who has addressed audiences at significant public venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and the historic 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Grymes has been featured in interviews by the New York Times, ABC News, and CNN, and has written essays for the Huffington Post and the Israeli music magazine Opus.
He is the author of Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour (Harper Perennial, 2014). 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 violinmaker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life. Violins of Hope won a National Jewish Book Award.
Dr. Grymes is Professor of Musicology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Join us for a conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi, noted author and a senior fellow with the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. His latest book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, is a New York Times bestseller.
Yossi Klein Halevi is an unapologetic Zionist who artfully speaks to the multiple religious and political dilemmas that Israelis and American Jews face every day.
Part of a JCRC speaker series on the rise of global anti-Semitism and racism.
Thank you to our community partners:
The Weinstein JCC, Jewish Family Services (JFS), Congregation Or Atid, Keneseth Beth Israel, Temple Beth El, American Jewish Committee (Washington DC), Anti-Defamation League (Washington DC)
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We will commemorate IDF soldiers and victims of terror at the largest virtual ceremony for the Jewish world. For Israelis, this day is one of the most important of the year as we recognize those who sacrificed their lives for Israel.
Over the past 12 years, Masa has held its annual Yom HaZikaron ceremony in Latrun, The Armored Corps Memorial Site. Despite the pandemic, we will continue our tradition of coming together to commemorate this important day by broadcasting the ceremony from Latrun on Facebook Live.
The Weinstein JCC's "Behind the Music" series continues with the story of Hatikvah, the Israeli National Anthem, in honor of the Israeli National Holiday of Yom Ha'atzmaut. Musicologist, Roi Aloni will present this live, virtual lecture concert from his home in Israel. Roi's refreshing approach to the world of classical music makes this program appropriate for all - even those with little to no musical knowledge! Based in Israel, Aloni gives concert lectures through the Rishon Lezion Symphony Orchestra and Continuing Studies department of Haifa University, as well as to community and cultural centers and schools throughout the country.