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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!

Celebrate Israel’s 70th Birthday With Us!

We hope you'll plan on joining us at our upcoming events to celebrate Israel's 70th birthday!

  • The Weinstein JCC and Jewish Community Federation of Richmond present A Celebration of Israel’s 70th Birthday with Israeli Superstar D’ganit Daddo on Sunday, May 6 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM! There will be camel rides, a petting zoo, henna tattoos, Israeli cuisine for purchase, Israeli wine tastings, art and gifts straight from Israel at Bar Kochva's Shuk, and more! Event attendance is FREE; concert tickets are available here.

Attention Members!

  • The Weinstein JCC is currently considering the creation of a JCCA Boarding Pass trip, an Israel travel program that offers customized journeys to one of the most diverse and celebrated states in the world. To help us in the potential planning of this trip, we are seeking information from individuals in our community interested in attending and willing to make a commitment to travel with us. Please complete this short survey that will offer us insight on the type of Israel trip you would be interested in participating in. If you have any questions, please contact Peggy Newsome, Membership Specialist at the Weinstein JCC, at 804-545-8636 or


  • 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

JFT Presents: Stars of David: Story to Song

You don’t have to be Jewish to relate to this funny and captivating musical review featuring original music by Broadway’s finest composers and lyricists. This new musical adaptation celebrates the Jewish identity of America’s most notable public figures. Stars of David: Story to Song is based on a book of stories collected by author Abigail Pogrebin from interviews with famous Jews, including Andy Cohen, Edgar Bronfman,Sr., Fran Drescher, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and others, about their Jewish experience. The collection includes songs by Michael Feinstein, Marvin Hamlisch, Sheldon Harnick and more!

Based on the Book by Abigail Pogrebin. Conceived by Aaron Harnick. Directed by Debra Clinton.

Yom Hashoah: Salvaged Pages

We observe Yom Hashoah in 2018 with a moving performance by local middle and high school students, performing the stage adaptation of National Jewish Book Award winner Salvaged Pages, a stirring collection of diaries written during the Holocaust by young people, ages 12 to 22. Some of the diarists were refugees, others were in hiding or passing as non-Jews, some were imprisoned in ghettos, and nearly all of them perished before liberation. This seminal book preserves the impressions, emotions, and eyewitness reportage of young people whose accounts of daily events and often unexpected thoughts, ideas, and feelings serve to deepen and complicate our understanding of life during the Holocaust.

This performance is presented in partnership with Midlothian Middle School, Hanover High School, and the Virginia Holocaust Museum.

POA Season Finale ~ Israel’s 70th Birthday Celebration with the Richmond Symphony

The Center is thrilled once again to partner with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra to present a musical celebration of Israel’s 70th Birthday! Following the success of last season’s Itzhak Perlman concert and the previous year’s Voices of Survival, both held at the Carpenter Theatre, we are excited to welcome the Symphony back to the Weinstein JCC’s Sara Belle November Theater. Featuring special guest and famed Israeli soprano Nofar Yacobi, the program for the evening will reflect a wide range of classical, musical theatre, Hebrew and Jewish liturgical music and more!

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 23 at 5PM. For more information, click here or contact Leslie McGuigan at 545.8644 or

JFT Presents: Apples from the Desert

A poignant drama about love and reconciliation adapted by one of Israel’s most beloved authors from her own short story, this hit Israeli play follows the young Sephardic Rivka, a religious teenager, who falls for Dooby, a secular kibbutznik, at a dance class in Jerusalem. She arranges to follow him back to his kibbutz in the Negev Desert, but not before Rivka’s orthodox parents bar her from leaving, forcibly at first, only to chase after Rivka as she flees. A timeless and timely confrontation between tradition and modernity becomes a moving reckoning, as the sweetest of meals is offered and two generations learn to make peace.

By Sayvon Liebrecht. Translation by Shir Freibach. Directed by Debra Clinton. 

Ben Gurion Epilogue (Film Showing)

Taken from a six-hour interview with David Ben Gurion, one of modern history's greatest leaders, an important story emerges from the obscurity of an archive where it has lain unrecognized for decades. It is 1968, and Ben-Gurion is 82 years old. He lives in the seclusion of his home in the desert, remote from all political discourse, which allows him a perspective on the Zionist enterprise. His introspective soul-searching is the focus of this film, and his reflections provide a surprising vision for today's crucial decisions and for the future of Israel.

Presented in collaboration with Hadassah Richmond

Children of the Weinstein JCC Gallery Opening & Show

The Weinstein JCC loves helping children become strong, creative, connected members of our community! Thousands of children make their way through our doors each year participating in Preschool, Kids’ Place, camps and programs. Through this charming exhibit, Patrons and community members will get to experience beautiful, whimsical works from the children of the Center.

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