Carole & Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center
2022 Annual Meeting & Celebration

Celebrating both our 75th Anniversary and emergence from the hardest days of the Covid pandemic, the Weinstein JCC held a celebratory annual meeting on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at the Center’s main campus on Monument Avenue. The annual meeting was the first live and in-person annual meeting since the 2019 meeting before the Covid pandemic.

This year’s Annual Meeting honored the accomplishments of the past year, installed new officers to the Board, and presented awards to outstanding community members. The community was also invited to join in thanking and celebrating outgoing Board President Ashley Simon Brooks and welcome incoming President Greg Bishop.

Ashley Brooks has, for the last two challenging years as Board President, and for many years before that as Board and Committee member, brought her buoyant personality and positive attitude to bear on numerous issues. She has distinguished herself as a judicious steward of the Weinstein JCC, never flinching in the face of difficult decisions.  Not only has she been integral in keeping the Center a safe, inclusive environment for the community to gather and build meaningful connections during these difficult times, but she has played a key role in ensuring that the Center remains a focal point in our community. Her efforts will allow the Center to continue to fulfil our mission going forward.

We also welcomed incoming President Greg Bishop. Greg has been actively involved on the JCC Board for over 17 years. Prior to this position, he served as the Budget & Finance Committee chairman. In 2019, Greg was awarded the Weinstein JCC’s Leroy B. Goldberg Leadership Award. In 2021, he became the president-elect of the organization and earned the Bernstein Voluntary Leadership Award. 

Greg is the chair of the Corporate Section of Williams Mullen, a full-service law firm headquartered in Richmond with approximately 300 lawyers.  Before attending law school, he was a CPA at KPMG.  He serves on the National Board of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Additionally, Greg serves on the boards of the Richmond Forum, ChamberRVA, Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program and Virginia Voice.  

Greg and his wife of 25 years, Jodi, have three sons; Shane, a junior at Duke University, and Brett and Blair – both of whom are seniors at Freeman High School and are heading to Columbia and Wake Forest University, respectively, this fall. All three are proud graduates of the JCC Preschool and have attended Camp Hilbert many years.

2022 Award Winners

The Center gave a special recognition to Donna Peters, head of the Center’s early childhood departments, for her 40 years of service to the Center and the community.  Peters’ contributions have benefitted the lives of thousands of children, and their families. 

The meeting also included recognition of this year’s award winners: Stuart Simon, winner of the Esther, Edith & H.J. Bernstein Volunteer Leadership Award; Sarah Arenstein Levy, winner of the Leroy B. Goldberg Leadership Award; and Erin Samuels, winner of the Arenstein Family Excellence in Youth Service Award.

Stuart Simon, Esther, Edith & H.J. Bernstein Volunteer Leadership Award

Stuart Simon is a lifelong member of the JCC and has been an avid gym user for more than fifty years. He is an active member of the Board, having served with several CEO’s and Board Presidents. In addition to being passionate about physical fitness, he more recently co-developed and co-chaired, along with Lynn Schwartz, the Young Leadership Program which won an award in 2016 as best new program at the JCC Biennial in Baltimore and which has yielded several graduates who have become committee and board members themselves. He currently co-chairs our Fitness Task Force with Chris Greenberg.  Stuart has also served on numerous other committees over the years including Board Advancement, Fund Development, and Sports and Fitness, as well as search and other special task forces, each contributing to the progress and success of the Center.  His commitment to the Center and its mission is evident in his energy, focus, and willingness to always participate and engage, no matter what the task at hand. 

We are very happy to have Stuart serving on the board and were excited to honor him with the Esther, Edith, and H.J. Bernstein Volunteer Leadership Award.

Sarah Arenstein Levy, Leroy B. Goldberg Leadership Award

Sarah is a long-time member and supporter of the center, as well as a graduate of the Dora L. Lewis Family and Child Development Center (Weinstein JCC Preschool) and the Young Leadership Program. She currently serves on the Fund Development Committee, and is an active member of the Preschool Strategic Task Force, and Board of Directors. Sarah also chaired the Global Day of Jewish Learning and served on the Adult Committee. Sarah has dedicated many hours to the Center during this time and we were excited to honor her with the Leroy B. Goldberg Award.

Erin Samuels, 2022 Arenstein Family Excellence in Youth Service Award

Erin is a sophomore at the Center for Human Development and Education at Glen Allen High School. She has been involved, and led, many teen groups in the Richmond Jewish community and been in BBYO for many years. In 8th grade, she was a Sunshine Girl, and she served in the highest offices of Richmond’s local chapter: as Gizborit (treasurer) in the fall of 2020, Siganit (Vice President) in the Spring of 2021, N’siah (President) in the fall of 2021, and currently serves again in the position of Siganit.

As a board member and officer of BBYO, Erin has guided her chapter through various fundraising activities to raise money to donate to the International Service Fund. ISF distributes scholarships to Jewish youth that otherwise would not be able to afford participation in BBYO activities. The money raised also goes to disaster relief funds to assist communities worldwide. Locally, she has participated in making support cards for Beth Shalom Home residents during Covid and more recently to boost morale for the residents during challenging times. Erin has led Havdalah, baked challahs with the chapter and taught them traditional songs to promote a strong Jewish sense of community and belonging.

Erin is also a member of JSU (Jewish Student Union), and she has served as her chapter’s president for the past two years. JSU creates a common bond at school and a social affiliation between Je as also volunteered at the JCC’s Camp Ganim (2017-18), Camp Sababa (2019), and the Jewish Food Festival. Additionally, in 2021, at 15 years old, she tutored a student in preparation for Bat Mitzvah. In school, Erin participated in the Key Club, the SpeakUp Club, and has b wish kids. As President, Erin has helped lead discussions on serious and common issues such as antisemitism and how to combat it in school. She works with the group sponsor on educating the other students on current events and holidays throughout the year. She has also volunteered at the JCC’s Camp Ganim (2017-18), Camp Sababa (2019), and the Jewish Food Festival. Additionally, in 2021, at 15 years old, she tutored a student in preparation for Bat Mitzvah. In school, Erin participated in the Key Club, the SpeakUp Club, and has been a multi-year member of her high school’s golf team.

Based on her involvement and love for the Richmond Jewish Community, we were thrilled to honor her with the Arenstein Family Excellence in Youth Service Award.

Erin is a sophomore at the Center for Human Development and Education at Glen Allen High School. She has been involved, and led, many teen groups in the Richmond Jewish community and been in BBYO for many years. In 8th grade, she was a Sunshine Girl, and she served in the highest offices of Richmond’s local chapter: as Gizborit (treasurer) in the fall of 2020, Siganit (Vice President) in the Spring of 2021, N’siah (President) in the fall of 2021, and currently serves again in the position of Siganit.

As a board member and officer of BBYO, Erin has guided her chapter through various fundraising activities to raise money to donate to the International Service Fund. ISF distributes scholarships to Jewish youth that otherwise would not be able to afford participation in BBYO activities. The money raised also goes to disaster relief funds to assist communities worldwide. Locally, she has participated in making support cards for Beth Shalom Home residents during Covid and more recently to boost morale for the residents during challenging times. Erin has led Havdalah, baked challahs with the chapter and taught them traditional songs to promote a strong Jewish sense of community and belonging.

Erin is also a member of JSU (Jewish Student Union), and she has served as her chapter’s president for the past two years. JSU creates a common bond at school and a social affiliation between Jewish kids. As President, Erin has helped lead discussions on serious and common issues such as antisemitism and how to combat it in school. She works with the group sponsor on educating the other students on current events and holidays throughout the year. She has also volunteered at the JCC’s Camp Ganim (2017-18), Camp Sababa (2019), and the Jewish Food Festival. Additionally, in 2021, at 15 years old, she tutored a student in preparation for Bat Mitzvah. In school, Erin participated in the Key Club, the SpeakUp Club, and has been a multi-year member of her high school’s golf team.

Based on her involvement and love for the Richmond Jewish Community, we were thrilled to honor her with the Arenstein Family Excellence in Youth Service Award.

To see award descriptions and a list of past winners, click here.

The Center also elected and installed new officers and board members:

Chair (immediate Past-President) Ashley Brooks
President Greg Bishop
Honorary Vice Presidents Ric Arenstein and Allison Weinstein

Vice Presidents Andy Brownstein, Shana Levy Passman, Bruce Perretz, and Cullen Seltzer
Secretary Lynn Schwartz
Treasurer Sara Waskin

Board Members Susie Adolf, Allen Cohen, David Fratkin, Chris Greenberg, Brian Greene, Helen Griffin, Melanie Grossman, Shelley Gouldin, Sarah Arenstein Levy, Leeron Molloy, Jennie O’Holleran, Greg Samuels, Charles Scher, Stuart Simon, Wes Simon, Sara Villalona, Bob Weisberger, and Nathan Zasler

The Center also thanked with deep appreciation for their service on the Board Claudia Biegler, Michal Coffey, Jonathan McNamara, and Helen Horwitz.

Newly elected President Greg Bishop concluded the meeting by noting the Center’s commitment to living and fulfilling Jewish values in the coming years, preserving, and protecting its physical spaces, and growing our successful programming.

After the formal meeting adjourned, attendees adjourned outdoors to a barbecue dinner and a live bluegrass concert. The Weinstein JCC kicked off its new year celebrating and building community, just like we’ve done for the past 75 years, and how we’re committed to doing it for the next 75 years.

See the Weinstein JCC’s impact by-the-numbers in our Impact Report, and explore our mission and vision and values here.