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Weinstein JCC News & Happenings – November 2011

SAFETY WEEK
From October 31st through November 4th, the Weinstein JCC’s Early Childhood Department is sponsoring “Focus on Safety” which stresses the importance of safety in the Weinstein JCC parking lot.

This week the EC Department would like to reminder members and guests:
- Drive slowly in the parking lot at all times. The speed limit is 10 miles an hour.
- No cell phones or texting while driving or walking in and out of the building.
- Be vigilant when backing out of the parking spot. Little people can be behind you and hard to see.
- Show your Weinstein JCC ID badge when entering the building so we can know that you “belong” here.

Click HERE for a “No-Cell Phone Zone Pledge” that we would appreciate you filling out and turning in to the Reception desk when you enter the building.

The Early Childhood Committee (ECC) of the Weinstein JCC organizes this event as a way to remind all of our patrons to use caution in the parking lot as well as in the Weinstein JCC. This is particularly important as there are over 200 children entering the preschool on a daily basis, in addition to the many children that participate in Kids’ Place and other Center activities. The Early Childhood Committee strongly requests that all Weinstein JCC patrons commit to a no cell pledge and observe the posted speed of 10mph in the parking lot and driveway.

We appreciate your cooperation, support and understanding of these important safety reminders!

AN EVENING WITH MEIR SHALEV – BESTSELLING ISRAELI NOVELIST & WRITE
Sunday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Q & A and a book signing

One of Israel’s most celebrated novel­ists, Meir Shalev was born in 1948 inNahalal, Israel’s first moshav. Shalev is the recipient of the Juliet Club Prize (Italy); The Prime Minister’s Prize (Israel); The Chiavari (Italy); The Entholomogical Prize (Israel); The Wizo Prize inFrance, Israel and Italy; and The Brenner Prize of 2006—the highest Israeli literary recognition awarded for his novel, A Pigeon and a Boy, published in theU.S. by Random House in 2007. Shalev will talk about his most recent novel My Russian Grandmother and Her America Vacuum Cleaner. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Richmond.

MEN’S POKER NIGHT OUT AT THE WEINSTEIN JCC
TexasHold ‘Em Tournament – Thursday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Take a break from your weekly home poker game and come join other guys at the Weinstein JCC for an evening of fun! (After all, why should the ladies have all the fun?) This will be a night of great poker, food, drink and socializing! Tables will feature a maximum of 8 players randomly picked.

Cost Includes: professional tournament director, tournament entry fee, all cards and chips, “bar food” catered by Kenny Bendheim and 3 drink tickets (beer and wine). Great prizes will be awarded; however will NOT INCLUDE CASH! All additional proceeds will go to aid the Weinstein JCC Senior Adult programs and Richmond BBYO.

Cost: $36 per person (Re-buys and add-ons will be $36 as well).
For online registration go to: www.weinsteinjcc.org/class/mens-night-out-poker-tournament/
To register by phone, please contact Shari Menlowe-Barck at (804) 545-8611. MUST BE 21 TO ENTER.

UNDISCOVERED ARTIST EXHIBIT AT THE SARA D. NOVEMBER ART GALLERY AT THE WEINSTEIN JCC
November 10 – December 8, 2011
Opening Reception Thursday, November 10
The Weinstein JCC is hosting our annual Undiscovered Artist Exhibit from November 10th until December 8th in the Sara D. November Art Gallery. Any artist age 18 or over whose work has not been exhibited in a major show in the Richmond area, or has not placed with 1st, 2nd or 3rd in an Undiscovered Artists Exhibit in the past five years is eligible to enter. Prizes will be awarded. Click HERE for the entry form. Please contact Tracey Shenker at 545-8659 or tshenker@weinsteinjcc.org if you have any questions.

SECOND YEAR OF ISRAELI ARTIST AT THE WEINSTEIN JCC
The Weinstein JCC Patrons of the Arts series is excited to announce the arrival of ceramic artist and master potter, Yael Atzmony. An accomplished teacher, artist and guest lecturer world-wide, Atzmony will visit the Weinstein JCC November 13th through the 19th. She will hold demonstrations at the Weinstein JCC as well as classes for the beginner and the master thrower. In addition, Atzmony will present a lecture both on her works as well as the works of graduate students from the Bezael Academy of Fine Arts and Designs, Jerusalem. For a complete schedule of events or to sign up for her class please contact Lisa Looney at 545-8608 or llooney@weinsteinjcc.org.

HOLIDAY GIFT & CRAFT BOUTIQUE
Sponsored by the Weinstein JCC Preschool
Monday, November 14 from 8:45 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 15 from 8:45 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
In the Richard A. Arenstein Lobby at the Weinstein JCC
Unique, handmade, and one-of-a kind items for all ages. Still accepting vendor applications. Click HERE for the application.

PRESCHOOL BASKET EXTRAVAGANZA
November 28 – December 12 in the Richard A. Arenstein Lobby at the Weinstein JCC
More than ten themed baskets plus a mini-silent auction will be offered. Open to the general public, baskets range from Baby basket, Date Night, Family Fun, Judaica, Coffee, Tea & Chocolate, Pamper Yourself, Family Fun, Gift Certificate Tree and more!

JEWISH CULINARY JOURNEYS: CHANUKAH
Wednesday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m.
In this first class in our new series “Jewish Culinary Journeys” we will discuss and investigate the many different ways the Jewish communities all over the world have created and developed special delicacies in honor of the Jewish festival of lights. Along with discussing traditional Ashkenazic, Sefardic and Asian Jewish recipes, the class will also include an exploration of Chanukah favorites as interpreted by a new generation of Jewish culinary masters. Samples will be prepared and enjoyed together and recipes to take home will be provided. Click here to register.

COMMUNITY READ CHOICE FOR 2011 JEWISH BOOK FAIR
The Things We Cherished by Pam Jenoff
Book Review by Kate More
In The Things We Cherished, Charlotte Gold, a Philadelphia public prosecutor, unexpectedly finds herself heading to Europeto search for information that may exonerate a client of her former boyfriend Brian Warrington. Roger Dykmans stands accused of a 1943 collaboration with the Nazis that caused the death both of his own brother Hans and of hundreds of Jewish children Hans was trying to save during the Holocaust.

Having set the scene for Charlotte’s adventure, author Pam Jenoff takes the reader back to rural Bavariain 1903 to begin the tale of a very special clock that will eventually play a central role in Roger’s acquittal. Jenoff switches back and forth between the two narratives until they intersect and the clue to Roger’s innocence finally comes to light.

Working alongside Charlottein her travels through Germany, Poland and Italy is Jack, Brian’s estranged older brother with whom Charlotte gradually finds herself falling in love. The dramatic tension between Charlotte, Jack and Brian is a major element of this present-day narrative and an echo of the wartime relationship between Hans, Roger and Hans’ wife Magda.

The Things We Cherished is as much about love, survival and new beginnings as it is about how we struggle with difficult choices in difficult times and appeals to a wide audience.

Pam Jenoff will be visiting our community on Wednesday December 7th at 12:00 p.m. A lunch will be served followed by a book signing. The cost to participate is $12 for Weinstein JCC members and $15 for guests. Click HERE to register for the event. Click HERE to purchase the novel from Amazon.com and a percentage will go back to the Weinstein JCC. To RSVP please call 285-6500. This event is co-sponsored by Hadassah.

WEINSTEIN JCC ANNUAL JEWISH BOOK FAIR TO OPEN DECEMBER 1ST
Due to record attendance and community support over the years the Weinstein JCC’s annual Book Fair has been extended to 18 days of a literary celebration.

Click here for complete information.
To purchase books, please go to Amazon.com through the Weinstein JCC web site or click the links below. Each purchase will earn a percentage back and help to support your community!

Thursday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Martin Fletcher, The ListClick here to purchase
Introduction by Laura Geller, reporter/videojournalist NBC12
Martin Fletcher, an emmy-award winning broadcast journalist, has written a moving and poignant debut novel, culled from the rich and also painful history of Fletcher’s family’s past, takes you on a journey of hope and sadness, faith and despair.

Monday, December 5th at 12:30 p.m.
Avrom Bendavid-Val, The Heavens Are Empty: Discovering the Lost Town of TrochenbrodClick here to purchase
Over 130 years Trochenbrod grew from a little row of houses to a bustling marketplace. In 1943, Trochenbrod vanished. The author masterfully preserves and fosters the memory of Trochenbrod. Co-sponsored by the Weinstein JCC’s Men’s Club

Tuesday, December 6th at 11:00 a.m.
Alicia Oltuski, Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family and a Way of LifeClick here to purchase
The daughter of a diamond dealer, the author takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the shrouded inner workings of New York’s diamond district and some of its most fascinating characters. Hosted by the Jewish Women’s Club

Wednesday, December 7th at 12:00 p.m.
Pam Jenoff, The Things We CherishedClick here to purchase
Two attorneys fall for each other as they defend the brother of a Holocaust hero against allegations of WWII-era war. $12 M / $15 NM (lunch) Co-sponsored by Hadassah

Monday, December 12th at 7:30 a.m.
Steven Levy, In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes our LivesDrawing on unprecedented access to Google’s top managementClick here to purchase
Levy tells the inside story of the astonishing success, influence and ambition – as well as the embarrassing blunders – of Google.
$3.50 M / $5 NM (light breakfast) Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond’s Enterprise Circle Affinity Group

Tuesday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m.
Ronda Robinson, Beyond Politics: Inspirational People of IsraelClick here to purchase
This book features 18 amazing Israelis and is designed to show life inIsraelbehind the headlines. $18 M / $23 NM (Israeli dinner)

Friday, December 16th at 10:00 a.m.
Story Time with Dawn, A Horse for Hannukah
Preschool – 2nd Grade
Dawn Kowal will read the humorous story of Golda, the Hebrew speaking horse, wreaking havoc in a hilarious unfolding of the Rosenbaum Family´s Hanukkah celebration.To pre-order a book for your child, contact Lisa Looneyat llooney@weinsteinjcc.org or 545-8608.

1ST JFT PERFORMANCE OF THE SEASON: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
From the authors of “Guys And Dolls” comes one of the most delightfully irreverent musicals of all time. A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to highpowered executive. This musical is present through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Performances:
Preview dinner and show (limited seating and advance RSVP is required): Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. Dinner, 7:30 p.m. Show – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

OPENING NIGHT: Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 – 7:30 p.m. – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Saturday, Dec 10, 2011 – 7:30 p.m. – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 – 2:00 p.m. – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 – 7:30 p.m. – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 – 7:30 p.m. – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Sunday, Dec 18, 2011 – 2:00 p.m. – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
NEW! Sunday, Dec 18 – 7:00 p.m. – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
$10 M / $15 NM / $8 seniors, students and groups of 10+ – CALL 285-6500
Buy a season’s pass to all three JFT shows: $25 M / $35 NM / $20 seniors & students – call 285-6500

OTHER COMMUNITY NEWS
CRAIG TAUBMAN TO PERFORM
Congregation Or Ami presents Craig Taubman and band in concert Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m. at the Virginia Historical Society. For tickets call 272-0017.

     
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