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Patrons of the Arts: Celebrating Arts, Culture & Education

When you subscribe to Patrons of the Arts, you’re guaranteed tickets to all of the cultural arts events in the POA series, including film, theater, music, dance and the renowned Adolf-Adams JCC Forum.

For over fifty years, the Weinstein JCC’s cultural and performing arts programming has brought our community exceptional events that celebrate essential aspects of Jewish and community culture.

This season has been a huge success, and we can’t wait for all the fun and exciting events heading our way next year! Our 2018-19 lineup will include a Harmony Concert featuring a cappella groups The Maccabeats and Naturally 7, Simply Diamond Musical Performance with a Neil Diamond tribute band, The Fife-Davis Family Jewish Book Fair & Gift Shop featuring Georgia Hunter, NY Times Bestselling author of We Were The Lucky Ones and Judge Allan Goodman, author of Father, Son, Stone, as well as Jewish Family Theatre productions of The Rothchilds and Driving Miss Daisy, and more! For more about how to become a Patron of the Arts or to renew your subscription, click here.

Remember: 2 tickets to all events are included in Patrons of the Arts subcriptions. See you next season!

Sponsorship Levels

We offer a wide selection of ways to support the arts at the Weinstein JCC.

Executive Producer – $12,000
Producer – $7,500
Director – $3,000
Promoter – $1,500
Artist – $695
Friend of the Arts – $475

Have you renewed your Patrons of the Arts Subscription for the 2018-19 season? If not, reserve your place today by contacting Lisa LooneyClick here for this year's renewal form.

2018-19 Season Subscriber Level Benefits:

Subscriber FRIEND OF THE ARTS  ■  $475

  • This level includes 2 tickets to each of the Patrons of the Arts events with reserved seats by section, as well as preferred purchasing for the HARMONY Concert (does not include concert tickets).

Subscriber ARTIST  ■  $695

  • Includes all Friends benefits as well as 2 tickets (valued at $50 each) to the HARMONY Concert. Includes preferred seating, reserved by name.

Sponsor PROMOTER  ■  $1,500

  • Includes all Artist benefits as well as 2 tickets (valued at $75 each) to the HARMONY Concert and invitation to exclusive pre-event reception. Also includes reception sponsorship of your choice (as available).

Sponsor DIRECTOR  ■  $3,000

  • Includes all Promoter benefits as well as 2 tickets (valued at $75 each) to the HARMONY Concert and invitation to exclusive pre-event reception. Also includes event sponsorship of one cultural arts event of your choice (as available).

Sponsor PRODUCER  ■  $7500

  • Includes all Director benefits as well as 2 tickets (valued at $125 each) to the HARMONY Concert and invitation to exclusive pre-event reception. Also includes event sponsorship of one premier cultural arts series or event of your choice (as available).

Sponsor EXECUTIVE PRODUCER  ■  $12,000

  • Includes all Producer benefits as well as 4 tickets (valued at $125 each) to the HARMONY Concert and invitation to exclusive pre-event reception. Also includes title sponsorship for one premier cultural arts event of your choice.

2018-19 Schedule of Events

18 - Sara D. November Gallery Opening: Hal Horwitz, A Retrospective
28 - POA Season Kick-Off: Mark Nizer 4D

8-20 - The Fife-Davis Family Annual Jewish Book Fair & Gift Shop:
       8 - Alexandra Silber
       11 - Family Event - Curious George
       13 - Allan Goodman
       13 - B.A. Shapiro
       14 - Rabbi Roy Shaffin
       15 - Andrew Gross
       20 - Community Read with Georgia Hunter

10-18 - The First Annual Jewish Film Festival:
       10 - Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
       11 - Curious George 
       12 - From Philadelphia to the Front
       18 - RBG

29 - Sara D. November Gallery Opening: Joanna Tyka

6-16 - Jewish Family Theatre: Annie

9-13 - Ninth Annual Israeli Film Festival:
       9 - An Israeli Love Story
       10 - The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfred Israel
       12 - Shelter
       13 - The Cakemaker
30 - The Adolf-Adams JCC Forum: An Evening with Randi Zuckerberg

6-10 - Eighth Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival:
       6 - Opening Film & Performance: Crooked Beauty & An Anxious Woman
       7 - A Whole Lott More
       9 - Sanctuary
       10 - Kesem Encore
14 - Simply Diamond ROCKS!
27 - Sara D. November Gallery Opening: Douglas Beecher
27 - Jewish Family Theatre: The Rothschilds

14-25 - Jewish Family Theatre: The Rothschilds
28 - Women's Night Out

2-10 - Jewish Family Theatre: Driving Miss Daisy
18 - Sara D. November Gallery Opening: Undiscovered Artists & Photographers Exhibit

2 - Yom Hashoah: BIG SONIA
8 - POA Season Finale: Dancing Through the Decades, Bowen McCauley Dance Company
23 - Sara D. November Gallery Opening: Children of the Weinstein JCC

Make sure to mark your calendars for these exciting events!

Hal Horwitz Gallery Opening & Show

Hal Horwitz was a Richmond pediatric dentist who took up photography as a hobby more than thirty years ago, developing a special interest in native orchids. Horwitz photographed nearly all of Virginia’s orchid species and attempted to photograph all 200 orchids native to the United States. He made scores of trips into the habitats of these plants and created a photographic record as remarkable for its scope as for its beauty.

Reception Sponsored by Helen Horwitz

Shows in the Sara D. November Gallery are sponsored by Hirschler Fleischer

POA Season Family Kick-Off ~ Mark Nizer 4D: A New Dimension in Entertainment

Audiences of all ages will be mesmerized by the unique combination of original comedy, world class juggling, movement, music and technology of Mark Nizer. Whether juggling laser beams at 1000 rpms or five ping pong balls being thrown 20 feet in the air using only his mouth, or even juggling a burning propane tank, a running electric carving knife and a 16-pound bowling ball, everyone will discover why Mark Nizer earned the title of world champion juggler. Tickets include 3D glasses for the full effect!

Sponsored by Allianz Global Partners

Book Fair Cabaret-Style Performance with Alexandra Silber

After playing the role of Tzeitel in the most recent Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, and previously playing Hodel in London’s West End, Alexandra Silber has written a book about what happens after Hodel leaves the stage. The result is After Anatevka, a sweeping historical novel that continues the story that has captivated fans around the globe for decades.

In a special hybrid of reading and performance – combining excerpts from the book with a curated song list – Alexandra addresses the cultural meaning of Fiddler on the Roof, her own personal connection with the show, and the process of writing her remarkable new novel. Alexandra, with her accompanist on piano, will present a fully dramatized mini piece of theatre.

In addition to the stage, Alexandra has appeared on television and film, and in concert, including Carnegie Hall. She received a Grammy nomination for her portrayal of Maria in the recording of West Side Story with the San Francisco Symphony.

Book Fair Opening Night Post-Reception Sponsored by Claudia and Steve Biegler

Book Fair Family Event - Curious George

Written by Anthony Pererya | 90 minutes | Rated G

German Jews Margret and H.A. Rey created Curious George, the little monkey who’s been entertaining children since the first book was published in 1941, shortly after they escaped the Nazi invasion of Paris. This animated film is a fun-filled big-city journey about how George meets the Man in the Yellow Hat. Kids of all ages are invited to join the fun with breakfast, arts &crafts, and a movie. Includes a visit by the characters and pajamas and pillows are welcome!

Book Fair Event with Allan H. Goodman

Allan H. Goodman's intriguing blend of history and mystery, Father, Son, Stone, delves into the secret of Jerusalem's most controversial religious site: the Temple Mount, also known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Inspired by Goodman's desire to learn why Moshe Dayan returned the Temple Mount to the Muslim authority at the end of the Six-Day War in 1967, the book spans various periods in the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, while engaging the reader in a page-turning tale that includes personal loss, religious and legal conflict, political ambition, and long-hidden family secrets.

Goodman is a judge, mediator, arbitrator and educator and has written two best-selling non-fiction books. He lived in Israel for two summers during college, working on kibbutzim and studying Hebrew. He majored in International Affairs at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where his studies included Islamic History, Middle East Politics and Diplomacy, and Arabic. He also earned a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law, and was in private practice before becoming a judge.

Co-hosted by the Jewish Women's Club

Book Fair Event with B.A. Shapiro

B.A. Shapiro, whose previous books have sold over half a million copies, once again weaves together historical and imagined characters to create a psychological art thriller, this time set in 1920s Paris and Philadelphia, where one fascinating woman must disguise her identity in order to reclaim it. It’s the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris—broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fiancé, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity and sets out to recover her father’s art collection, prove her innocence—and exact revenge on George. Shapiro is the author of seven novels, including the award-winning NY Times bestseller, The Art Forger and national bestseller The Muralist.

Book Fair Event with Rabbi Royi Shaffin

In his new book, The Hollywood Bible, Rabbi Royi Shaffin finds Jewish meanings and symbolism in movies from Wonder Woman and E.T. to post WWII classics such as The Creature from the Black Lagoon and uses them as a way to teach deep truths about spirituality and Judaism.

Rabbi Royi Shaffin was named by The Forward as one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and has served as congregational rabbi, an educator, a school principal, and a college professor. He has also continued performing in community theaters and serving as a Judaic advisor for plays that include Jewish themes. Rabbi Shaffin has written an entry in To Honor A Teacher, by Jeffrey Spoden and has published articles in The Jewish State, El Diario, and City Beat Magazine.

Book Fair Event with Andrew Gross

Andrew Gross’ newest historical thriller brings to life the drama of the birth of organized crime in 1930’s New York City from the tale of one family. Set between 1905-1935 and a rags-to-riches tale like Dickens’ Great Expectations merged with The Godfather, Button Man traces the rise of a Jewish immigrant family in the dawn of the women’s garment business collapse under the hammer of organized crime. It draws in the real life crime figures of Lepke, Dutch Schultz and Albert Anastasia of the feared Murder, Incorporated, as well as Special Prosecutor Thomas Dewey, pitting brother against brother. Both tragic, and yet like the story of so many of that generation who brought themselves up from nothing, inspirational.

Gross is the author of the NY Times and international bestsellers Everything to Lose, No Way Back, 15 Seconds, Eyes Wide Open, Reckless, Don’t Look Back, The Dark Tide, and The Blue Zone. He is also the co-author of five Number 1 bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge and Jury and Lifeguard.

Book Fair Community Read Event with Georgia Hunter

When Georgia Hunter was fifteen years old, she learned that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. Her New York Times Best Seller We Were the Lucky Ones was born of her quest to uncover her family's staggering history. It's a searing story of a Jewish family ripped away from each other at the start of the German and Russian occupation of Poland on the eve of World War II, and their extraordinary journey back to each other. Hunter's website,, offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the extensive research this project has entailed.

“[A] must-read.”—New York Post

  “A remarkable story of courage, love, and of course, luck.” —Book Riot’s Best Books of 2017

Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical  Fiction and Debut Goodreads Author Costco Book Pick


We Were the Lucky Ones is available for purchase at the Weinstein JCC Central Services Desk (M-F 8:30AM-5:00PM) for $16. There is a $3 discount for Patrons of the Arts subscribers and for those who purchase along with admission to the event by November 8. 


Presented in collaboration with Hadassah Richmond


Now kids can have an arts and culture club all their own! Much like the Patrons of the Arts subscription series currently offered by the Weinstein JCC for adults, POA, Jr. offers kids ages 3-12 years old the opportunity to experience a sampling of programs to include theater, film, music and literature. Along with a gained appreciation of cultural arts, “Jr. Patrons” will also be exposed to people and topics that support the Weinstein JCC’s mission to bring community and culture together.

With their $36 subscription, these budding arts and culture enthusiasts will receive one admission ticket to each of the following youth and family-friendly programs: 

In addition to the admission to the event, subscription benefits include the following exclusive member-only perks:   

  • Meet and greet with world champion juggler and entertainer, Mark Nizer 
  • Autographed copy of a Curious George book plus additional giveaways
  • Meet the cast of Annie following the performance on Sunday, December 9
  • Special "Mister G" musical instrument giveaway

Register today!

To learn more about becoming a Patron of the Arts, check out our 2018-19 Patrons of the Arts Guide or call Director of Donor Relations Lisa Looney at (804) 545-8608.