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Patrons of the Arts: Celebrating Arts, Culture & Education

When you become a Patron of the Arts, you’re guaranteed tickets to all of the Weinstein JCC events, including film, theater, music, dance and the renowned 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.

Our 6th season was a huge success, and we can’t wait for all the fun and exciting events still to come this season! We're ending another great season with An Evening of Multicultural Dance on Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 PM. Make sure you mark your calendars for this amazing show!

And, remember: 2 tickets to all events are included in Patrons of the Arts subcriptions.

Sponsorship Levels

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

Executive Producer – $10,000
Producer – $5,000
Director – $3,000
Promoter – $1,500
Artist – $695
Friend of the Arts – $425

2016-2017 Sponsors

2016-2017 Schedule of Events

September

1           Film Series: Rosenwald                             
11          Film Series: The Lost Key
25         Itzhak Perlman with the Richmond Symphony
 

October

13         Sara D. November Gallery Opening: Ronni Jolles         
16         POA Kick-Off: Lightwire Theater   
 

November

17         Film Series: The Return     
 

December

The Fife-Davis Family Annual Jewish Book Fair & Gift Shop
1          Steve Katz
3          Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
4          Elizabeth Isadora Gold
5          Dana Allin
6          Bill Lascher
11         Jacqueline Jules
 

January

 

February

17        Women's Night Out
 

March

1          Jewish Family Theatre - Opening Night: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2-11      Jewish Family Theatre - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat   
8          Jewish Family Theatre - Dinner and Show: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
16-19    Sixth Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival
16         Sixth Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival Opening Film: Shameless: The Art of Disability
18         Sixth Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: Margarita with a Straw
19         Sixth Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: Mimi and Dona
19         Sixth Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: Gabriel
30        70th Anniversary Event: JCC Through the Decades
 

April

May

10-14    Jewish Family Theatre - Encore Presentation of Bad Jews

Click here to view the 2016-2017 Patron of the Arts Guide.

Cultural Programming at the Weinstein JCC is supported in part by: The Sara D. November Art Program Endowment Fund and The Meno Lovenstein Cultural Arts Endowment Fund.

Make sure to mark your calendars for these exciting events!

Jewish Family Theatre Presents: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself, leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.

For a sneak peek of the show, check out this video!

ReelAbilities - Shameless: The Art of Disability


Director Bonnie Klein gathers a motley crew of artists with diverse disabilities for a pajama party. A comedian, poet, dancer, and others take a subversive look at Hollywood stereotypes of people with disabilities. They decide to continue meeting, and together embark on a mission to create their own images of disability. Followed by a Talk Back with the participants in the Kesem Inclusive Theatre Project

ReelAbilities - Margarita with a Straw


Drama / 100 minutes / Directed by Shonali Bose / English and Hindi / 2015

A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.

Talk Back to follow film.

ReelAbilities - Mimi and Dona


Documentary / 55 minutes / Directed by Sophie Sartain / English / 2015

What happens when love runs out of time? For a 92-year-old mother, Mimi, who has cared 64 years for her daughter, Dona, who has an intellectual disability, it means facing the inevitable -- she will not outlive her daughter -- and finding her daughter a home. This poignant, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous documentary traces this process through the story of a wonderfully quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo. The film spotlights the challenges of aging caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities -- some 4.6 million Americans, 75 percent of whom live at home with family -- and details the ripple effects of Dona's disability on three generations of a Texas family. Produced by Nancy Spielberg.

Talk Back to follow film

ReelAbilities - Gabriel


Drama / 85 minutes / Directed by Lou Howe / English / 2015

A troubled young man searches obsessively for his first love, risking everything in an increasingly desperate pursuit. Starring Rory Culkin.

Talk Back to follow film.

70th Anniversary Tribute: JCC Through the Decades


The Weinstein JCC is celebrating 70 years in Richmond! When it first opened in the fall of 1946 at 2908 Idlewood Avenue, no one could have imagined the beautiful Center we see today. Patrons of the Arts will commemorate this momentous anniversary with a celebration through song, theatre, and dance with some of Richmond’s most accomplished Jewish artists. We will be joined by Susan Greenbaum, Jocelyn Adelman, Shira Lanyi, Jason Marks, Debra Clinton and MORE! Join us as we say Happy Birthday to the JCC with a musical and historical look at how far we have come over the last 70 years, the community members who helped us get here, and the world events impacting our history.

Sponsored by
Weinstein JCC 70th Anniversary Year Title Sponsor

POA Finale - An Evening of Multi-Cultural Dance


Join us as we end another amazing year with a unique evening of dance. The Latin Ballet of Virginia (LBV) and Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company will bring their unique culturally influenced styles and companies to entertain and enlighten you. Both companies are based in Richmond and reflect the exceptional depth, variety, and diversity of our arts and culture community.

From the passionate fury of flamenco to tango’s forbidden heat, the polished elegance of classical ballet to the earthen power of modern dance, the Latin Ballet of Virginia uses the expressive beauty of movement to weave the tales and traditions that are the heart and soul of Hispanic culture. The Latin Ballet of Virginia (LBV) combines technical excellence with a soulful depth of emotion and an unwavering commitment to education, diversity and accessibility.

Ezibu Muntu African Dance and Cultural Foundation is a professional organization of dancers, drummers, entertainers and other individuals dedicated to invoking a better educated positive understanding of African culture, values, traditions and cultural arts as a whole. Through exposing the community-at-large to educational and artistic programming based on African culture and art forms, Ezibu Muntu hopes to enrich the diversity of the community and reintroduce basic African concepts of family and community into society.

Undiscovered Artists & Photographers Gallery Showing


Interested in having your work featured in the Undiscovered Artists and Photographers Exhibit? Submissions are due to the Weinstein JCC by April 10 at 5PM. For more information, contact Erin Mahone at 545.8644 or emahone@weinsteinjcc.org.

National Poetry Month Writing Workshop, Poetry Reading and Slam Competition


In the writing workshop, students are invited to work with award-winning poets Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and Emi Mahmoud. For the poetry reading, featured poets/slam judges Willis-Abdurraqib, Emi Mahmoud, and Sarah Lawson will read selections of their work. And for the slam competition, 12 local poets will compete for the honor of being named the winner!

These events are presented in partnership with Commonwealth Slam.

Featured Poets and Slam Judges:

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, and The New York Times. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine.

Sarah D. Lawson is a DC-based queer writer whose poems are rooted in self, exploring themes of body, love, sexuality & gender. Her work has been featured on Button Poetry & Everyday Feminism, and published by Write Bloody Press, FreezeRay Press, Beltway Poetry Quarterly & Drunk In A Midnight Choir, amongst others. She is the founder of the Beltway Poetry Slam in Washington, DC.

Originating from Darfur and raised in Philadelphia, Emtithal (Emi) Mahmoud was the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and one of BBC’s 100 Most Influential Women of 2015. Currently a senior at Yale University, a Leonore Annenberg Scholar, and Global Health Fellow, Emi studies Anthropology and Molecular Biology at Yale in the hopes of one day alleviating structural disparities on maternal and child health in disadvantaged communities the world over. Outside of academics, Emi contributes to an international research initiative and teaches spoken word poetry in order to empower youth with the power of voice in various communities.

Jewish Family Theatre Presents: Bad Jews


The night after their grandfather's funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. In one corner is Daphna Feygenbam, a "Real Jew" who is volatile, self-assured and unbending. In the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled young man, who has his shiska girlfriend, Melody, in tow. Stuck in the middle is Liam's brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When Liam stakes claim to their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues.

To learn more about becoming a Patron of the Arts, check out our 2016-17 Patrons of the Arts Guide or call Director of Donor Relations Lisa Looney at (804) 545-8608.