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Jewish Family Theatre

As the only Jewish theatre in the Richmond area, the Weinstein JCC’s Jewish Family Theatre produces and presents plays that connect Jews to their own cultural community and build bridges to others. This talented group gives a voice to the amazing creativity present in our community, encouraging people to explore art in their own lives through affordable, high-quality theatrical experiences.

As a true community theatre, the JFT operates on an all-volunteer base. Friends of all ages and ethnicities, from beginners to experienced pros, are invited to learn, enjoy and participate in all aspects of our live theatre.

Kesem Inclusive Theatre Project

In Hebrew, the word "Kesem" means magic, and at the Weinstein JCC, we like to make magic! The Kesem Inclusive Theatre Project is a theatre education initiative from the Weinstein JCC for adults ages 22 and up. The Center is committed to offering inclusive programming within the community for people of all ages and abilities. Kesem will provide a comprehensive theatre education experience from process to performance. Recognizing the positive impact of arts education on the social, emotional and functional aspects of life for all individuals, the Weinstein JCC has compiled a qualified team of professionals to develop a program that will meet the needs of individuals with disabilities while providing a deep and meaningful experience for every participant.

This year’s Kesem encore performance on Sunday, February 13 at 2:00 PM will present an original script conceived by all of the participants and inspired by the poetry of Mattie Stepanek, a best-selling child poet who lived with Muscular Dystrophy and passed away at the age of 13. The project will focus on concepts of self image and how we are perceived by others. Using music, poetry, theatre, and other forms of expression, participants will explore and challenge ideas of what is possible in our world. Click here to purchase tickets.

If you are interested in learning more this exciting program, please contact Missy Bunce, Director of Inclusion & Support Services, at or (804) 545-8658. 

Upcoming Auditions

JFT’s Second Stage calls students ages 11 and up to audition for its spring training offering, Hairspray, Jr!, with direction by Taylor Bernard and musical direction by Stephen Rudlin. Auditions for Hairspray, Jr! will take place on Sunday, February 17 from 1:00-4:00PM at the Weinstein JCC and can be scheduled online here

Rehearsals run from beginning of May through mid-June at Or Ami Synagogue. Performances will take place the last week in June at the Weinstein JCC. The cost is $450 per student or $395 for JCC Members. Click here to register.

For more information, please contact Debra Clinton at


Jewish Family Theatre’s Second Stage program announces SUMMER auditions for Shrek The Musical on Sunday, March 24 from 1:00-5:00PM at the Weinstein JCC!  

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairytale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change). Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears. It'll be a great ensemble show with fun roles for everyone!

Directed by Deb Clinton, music direction by Stephen Rudlin, and choreography by Kate Belleman. 

Auditions open to ages 12-18. Performance dates August 21-September 1 at the Weinstein JCC. Rehearsals begin on or around July 29. Click here to sign up for an audition slot.

Cost of program $450.00 ($395 for JCC members)


The Second Stage program is the Weinstein JCC’s educational training intensive where students work with some of the most talented theatre professionals in the Richmond theatre and education community for a complete page to stage process, culminating in a full performance experience. 

2018-19 Season

JFT Presents: Driving Miss Daisy

Written by Alfred Ahry, Directed by Debra Clinton

This warm-hearted, humorous play takes place in 1948 in the Deep South, just prior to the civil rights movement, and is the affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady and a proud, soft-spoken black man. A thoughtful, unemployed black man named Hoke is hired to perform chauffeur services for Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two, who has recently demolished another car. Daisy is not pleased with her son’s decision to hire a chauffeur and immediately regards Hoke with disdain. Hoke, on the other hand, is not impressed with his employer's patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice. But, in a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other, until, eventually, they become almost a couple.

Sponsored by the Belleman Family and Gilbert Rosenthal

For more information about Jewish Family Theatre at the Weinstein JCC, contact Cultural Arts Director Leslie McGuigan at 545-8644 or