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News & Happenings

Here's where you'll find highlights of some of the lastest happenings and upcoming events going on at the Center. Check back regularly as something new and exciting is always in the works!

Attention Members!

  • Weinstein JCC Names RICK NELSON as New CEO

    Richmond, Va.—The Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center announces the hiring of Rick Nelson as chief executive officer, effective October 15, 2017. Nelson’s hire follows a national search led by Board Member Cullen Seltzer and Board President Shelley Gouldin.

    For more than a decade, Nelson worked in JCCs in Canada. Most recently he served as executive director of Jewish Community Campuses for UJA-Federation in Toronto, and with JCC of Greater Vancouver.

    Nelson brings more than 30 years of experience, beginning with the Jacksonville JCC in Fla. From there he's led Jewish Community Centers across North America.

    Rick is as a member of the JCC Association’s board of directors. He also was honored as a Fellow in the JCC Global “Amitim” Program, which is an international leadership network.

    Nelson’s track record of building partnerships, energizing teams and creating value makes him an ideal fit for Richmond and the Weinstein JCC.  

  • Information about Weinstein JCC Text Alerts:

    • In order to most effectively communicate any urgent needs or changes related to the Center and our programs, we are implementing a new messaging service that allows us to send short customized notifications by text, voice, app, email, and other channels to keep you as up-to-date as possible. In order to opt-in for this new service, please go to our online sign-up form where you will enter your name, email and cell phone number, as well as choose what department(s) you would like to receive messages from. Please note: this system is in addition to our regular Center communications and will only be used for emergency alerts and other important messages.

    • Members have the option to opt-out of this service at any time, but it is our hope that this added form of communication will allow us to more quickly and directly let you know of any changes you need to be aware of, including weather-related delays/closings, program cancellations or other high priority messages. Thank you for signing up for this new service to allow us to more effectively communicate Center changes with you!

Upcoming Events

Denial (Film Showing)

When professor Deborah E. Lipstadt includes World War II historian David Irving in a book about Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks a legal battle for historical truth. With the burden of proof placed on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team fight to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Based on the book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.

Presented in partnership with Virginia Holocaust Museum and Jewish Community Federation of Richmond 

Followed by a Talk Back panel featuring Holocaust survivor Roger Loria, Ph.D., and Charm Bullard, Director of Programs at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.

Tea In The Sukkah

Join us for a Sukkot celebration as we dine on special dessert and beverages in our own Sukkah located on the Weinstein JCC's Neil November Plaza. We will share the Sukkot story and sing holiday songs with our very special guest, Cantor Errol Helfman. All Adults are invited. Feel free to bring your lunch and eat with us at 12:00 noon and listen to the speaker at the 5400 Club before the program begins.

Please RSVP to Shari Menlowe-Barck at 545-8611 or

3rd Annual Fall Festival at Camp Hilbert

What better way to enjoy the colors of the fall season than at our 3rd Annual Fall Festival at Camp Hilbert? There will be fun, fall activities for all ages to enjoy such as boating on Lake Rosalie, roasting marshmallows around the campfire, and taking a musical hayride. Kids will have a ball jumping in the moon bounces, playing field games and having their faces painted. Our 21 and older festival-goers can enjoy playing corn hole and relaxing with a “golden beverage” available for purchase. All of this, plus great food and live music will make our Fall Festival at Camp Hilbert a not-to-be-missed event for the entire community! BBQ lunch will be available for purchase. Feel free to bring your own picnic lunch and blanket!

Please RSVP at 804-285-6500.

This event is supported by Dominion EnergyShare.

POA Season Kick-Off ~ Tararam: Israel’s Stomp

Tararam is a blend of rhythm, movement, and with interwoven with tightly choreographed body drumming sequences; a true synchronized orchestra of recycled instruments! The creative performers produce extraordinary sounds from ordinary objects such as tin cans, metal and plastic barrels, wooden chairs, spoons, industrial tools, vocals, and live music. Tararam has successfully made its way into the heart of Israeli culture by offering audiences an exciting and inspiring theatrical/musical/dance experience. The artists communicate with the audience in the international language of rhythm!

Sponsored by Allianz World Partners

Post Kick-Off Reception Sponsored by Chris and Marc Greenberg and Blackwood Development

For all the latest news & happenings, call the front desk at (804) 285-6500.