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Weinstein JCC News & Happenings – February 2012

Following an extensive national search, the Board of Directors of the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center (Richmond, VA) is pleased to announce its selection of Jay Jacobs as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Jacobs will begin his tenure in Richmond on April 2, having recently served as the CEO of the Ronald Gardenswartz Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque, New Mexico since 2007.

In making the announcement, Center President Lynn Schwartz said, “Jay brings to the CEO position passion for the Center’s mission, a solid record of outstanding leadership and vision, financial stewardship and the ability to achieve excellence and empower professional and lay leadership to excel in realizing our collective goals. We are excited to have Jay join the Richmond community.”

The search for a new CEO for the Weinstein JCC was conducted by a twelve-member committee appointed by Schwartz and chaired by former Center President Ric Arenstein. The committee included Andy Brownstein, Deane Dubansky, Chris Greenberg, Beth Long, Steve Meyers, Jay Schwartz, Lynn Schwartz, Cullen Seltzer, Zach Sisisky, Sara Villalona and Bob Weisberger. The committee conducted the search in conjunction with the Mandel Center for Excellence in Leadership and Management at the JCC Association in New York.

Arenstein said, “The unanimous decision of our committee to recommend Jay Jacobs to the Center’s Board of Directors followed an inclusive and thorough process which engaged lay leaders and professionals from our community. I am deeply grateful for the partnership of eleven dedicated and outstanding communal leaders and the support and professional guidance of JCC Association Vice President Dori Denelle and her colleagues.

“It’s very satisfying to complete this endeavor having met so many outstanding JCC professionals and to have found one who so closely matches the criteria and priorities we set forth from the beginning. Jay’s experience will be invaluable to us,” concluded Arenstein.

Mr. Jacobs said that he is looking forward to his new position as the Weinstein JCC’s CEO, saying “I am inspired by the Weinstein JCCs strong commitment to leadership and fiscal soundness, its long history of service and engagement, and its passionate dedication to the goals of meeting community needs and continuing to build a stronger market-oriented JCC.”

During his tenure in Albuquerque, Mr. Jacobs excelled at helping a relatively young JCC achieve excellence in service and programming, facility enhancement, financial independence, increased professional development and creative resource development to strengthen the agency.

Prior to arriving in Albuquerque in 2007, Mr. Jacobs was Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center of Dallas for four years as well as its Assistant Executive Director for five years. His career experiences have also included positions in JCCs in Salt Lake City, Cleveland and Columbus.

Mr. Jacobs is a native of Pittsburgh and earned his undergraduate degree in Social Work and Physical Education from Penn State University.

Saturday, February 4th at 7:30 p.m. at Oates Theater at Collegiate School
Critically acclaimed for his work in broadcast journalism, Firestone has won seven Emmy´┐Ż Awards and seven Cable ACE Awards. He has interviewed more than 5,000 people including nearly every major sports figure. Curiosity and passion drive Firestone to interview people beyond the realm of sports and into the world of art, music, politics and popular entertainment. His interview subjects are an eclectic mix including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong; former president Richard Nixon; legendary actor James Stewart; jazz great Miles Davis; TV’s Ray Romano; and pop icon Madonna. The accomplished singer, impressionist and humorist has performed his multi-media review before audiences in Las Vegas and at major sporting events. For more information contact Lisa Looney, Forum Director at 804-545-8608.

Thursday, February 9th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Thinking about sending your child to Jewish overnight camp? Join us for a meet and greet with Capital Camps Director, Sam Roberts. Capital Camps is the Official Overnight Camp of the Weinstein JCC. Capital Camps provides a fun, meaningful Jewish overnight experience for campers ages 8 to 17. With a variety of activities from sports to aquatics to drama, Capital Camps’ state-of-the-art facility and first-rate staff provide a high quality immersive experience to Jewish youth.

Saturday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Israel November Auditorium
The ensemble is well known for their musical sophistication, rich sound, emotional power and imaginative programming of repertoire. The performance is free and open to the community.

Thursday, February 16th (Opening Night) at 7:30 p.m. – click here to purchase tickets
Saturday, February 18th at 7:30 p.m. – click here to purchase tickets
Sunday, February 19th at 2:00 p.m. – click here to purchase tickets
Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:30 p.m. – click here to purchase tickets
Thursday, February 23rd at 7:30 p.m. – click here to purchase tickets
Saturday, February 25th at 7:30 p.m. – click here to purchase tickets
Sunday, February 26th at 2:00 p.m. – click here to purchase tickets
This show participates in the 2012 Acts of Faith Theater Festival
At its core are Eddie Ross (born Goldberg), a Russian immigrant Canal Street bartender and his son Charlie. Charlie yearns to establish – at the very least – a peaceful co-existence with his angry, remote and verbally and emotionally abusive father, who has spent forty years in America’s melting pot trying to reject his heritage. While exploring the relationship between the two, Gardner presents the saga of a first generation of American Jews who came of age in the Depression and were assimilated at a high price during and after World War II. The play’s many vignettes span the years between 1936 and 1976.
$10 M / $15 NM / $8 seniors, students and groups of 10+

Monday, February 20th
Schools’ Day Out for Presidents’ Day on February will include swimming, games, art and fun. Kids’ Place will be open 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Contact Anita Hall at 545-8630 or ahall@weinsteinjcc.org to register.

The Silent Auction will be held in the Sisisky Room and opens Sunday, February 26 at 9:00 a.m. It will close Saturday night, March 3 at Comedy Night.

New this year:
Restaurants, Retail Shops and Cultural Events in VIRGINIA BEACH!
Memberships to all Richmond/Petersburg area synagogues

Over 300 other items including:
Reserved Parking Spot for One Year at the Weinstein JCC
$1000 Shopping Spree at Saxon Shoes
Wine Dinner for Four at Iron Horse in Ashland
Baseball and Bat signed by Baltimore Orioles great, Cal Ripken, Jr.
Getaway to Massanutten Resort for 3 days, 2 nights in a Two Bedroom Condo
Park Hopper Passes to Disney World

And there’s more –
Personal Training, Spa Packages, Massages, Cosmetic Procedures, Teeth Whitening
Restaurant Gift Certificates to over 60 area restaurants
Golf at almost every golf course and country club in the Richmond metro area
Jewelry, Activities for children, Museum Memberships and Passes, Portrait Sessions, Bridal Consulting, Hair Salon services, Gourmet Foods and much, much more.

Take advantage of Online / Proxy Bidding. Whether or not you will be there Saturday night, your best opportunity to “win” the item of your choice is to submit a proxy bid for the highest amount you are willing to pay.

Take advantage of Express Checkout and don’t wait in line to pay for your items. By providing credit card information when you obtain your bid number, you can directly to the item pick-up area and retrieve your items!

Whether you bid or not and whether you “win” or not, you can still participate by contributing to the Weinstein JCC Scholarship Funds. All proceeds benefit programs and services at the Weinstein JCC.

Saturday, February 26th through Sunday, March 3rd
Saturday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. – Comedy Sportz
Sunday, February 27, 7:00 p.m. – Ken Krimstein; 5,000 years of Kvetching
Monday, February 28, 7:00 p.m. – Stage Magician Dana Daniels
Tuesday, February 29, 7:00 p.m. – Diz & Izzy Aster – Vaudeville’s Late Bloomers
Thursday, March 1, 7:00 p.m. – Film: Joan Rivers – A Piece of Work
Click here for details and ticket information.

The Mother’s Circle Mini-Course is a three-session workshop that provides women of other backgrounds who are raising Jewish children within the context of an interfaith relationship, an overview and guide to Jewish parenting. Through experiential education and a supportive environment, our participants will gain confidence through knowledge and establish key goals by addressing topics such as: How to incorporate Jewish values into the home; What a parent or guest should expect at a bris ceremony; How to prepare the family and home for the High Holidays, Passover and Hanukkah, etc. For more information The Mother’s Circle Mini-Course and other Mother’s Circle programs, please visit www.motherscircle.org. Babysitting is available for this session.
Wednesdays, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
February 29 – March 14
Free and Open to the Community
Registration Required – click here to register

Saturday March 3rd at 8:30 p.m. with stand up comedian Cory Kahaney
Cory is every women. Mother, daughter, wife, ex-wife. This year, she appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Bonnie Hunt Show, became a regular guest on The Joy Behar Show, and is about to make her fifth appearance on the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Cory appeared in the first season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and made it to the finale, where host Jay Mohr called her performance “flawless.” Other television credits include her stand-up special, Comedy Central Presents, The View, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.

Reserved front row table ( tables of 8 ) = $400 a table / $50 pp
Reserve tables ( tables of 8 ) = $280 a table / $35 pp
General Admission = $25 pp
Cash Bars and Complimentary Hors D’oeuvres
Click here for general admission tickets.

Please call or email Lisa Looney at 804-545-8608 or llooney@weinsteinjcc.org to reserve a table.

Early Bird prices are available until February 17th – $26 per dozen and 2.50 each. Forms can be found on the Weinstein JCC’s website by clicking here and at both the Check-in and Central Services Desks. Ordering in advance assures you the best selection.

January 30 – March 25, 2012 – Sign up in the Fitness Center TODAY! It’s not too late!
All you need to do is keep track of all your fitness activities like biking, walking, running, cross-training, stepping, swimming, and fitness classes. The fitness staff will be around to assist you in your journey across Israel. As we travel throughout Israel, we will stop and virtually visit the cities of Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, The Dead Sea (Ein Gedi), National Park at Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion’s Grave (Mitzpe Ramon), and Eilat. There will be information posted about each destination as we approach closer to those cities. For each destination reached, a prize will be awarded as well as prizes once the Trek across Israel is completed. There will also be prizes for the top three travelers who accrue the most mileage. All participants who participate in this program will be entered into a raffle to win more prizes. This contest is for Fitness Center Members ages 13 and up. Questions or comments please contact Kelly Cohen at 545-8641 or e-mail kcohen@weinsteinjcc.org.

Saturday, February 18th at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Ahabah
Rabbis from six reform, conservative and orthodox congregations (Beth Ahabah, Or Ami, Beth El, Or Atid, Brith Achim, and Keneseth Beth Israel) will do a joint havdalah service at Beth Ahabah at 7:30 p.m. After the service, Kol Sasson will sing for 30-60 minutes. After that, there will be “oneg”-type food downstairs, so that members from the six congregations and anyone else from the Jewish community who attends can spend some time together.

Sunday, February 19th at 12:00 p.m. at KBI at the Jewish Food Festival
Interestingly, this will be a “male voices” set to fit with KBI’s needs, so that in itself should be worth seeing (and the food at the food festival is great). In addition, from 10:00-11:00 a.m., at KBI in their teen lounge, teens from around Richmond will meet with Kol Sasson over Krispy Kreme donuts (yes, they are kosher, as is the Staples Mill main location from where we will get the donuts). The planned topic would be (very generally and informally) – “How to Keep and Explore Your Jewish Identity Beyond Confirmation/In College.” Kol Sasson does this through their music, but I think it helps not only that Kol Sasson members are just a few years older than the teens, but also that they stick together despite having an interesting mix – men and women, some shomer Shabbat and others not, etc.




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