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BETH AHABAH VOICES: NATAN BERENSHTEYN

12/21/2017 11:43:37 AM

Dec21

by Natan Berenshteyn

On November 15 Atlee High School’s top mixed choir, Illusion, was invited to sing at the Virginia School Board Association conference at Williamsburg, VA.  Illusion is a show choir, where 21 girls and 21 boys sing and dance...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: SANDY AND ALAN CORBETT

11/09/2017 08:08:06 PM

Nov9


by Sandy and Alan Corbett

Harkening to the siren calls of the baseball gods, Sandy and Alan Corbett have set...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES:  KEN OLSHANSKY

09/26/2017 01:22:09 PM

Sep26

by Ken Olshansky

In 2008 just before I was ready to stop my surgical practice, I met with Peter Bernard, the then CEO of the Bon Secours Virginia Hospital System. I mentioned that despite closing my practice, I was still interested in working part time and would love to...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: VICKI LYNN

09/18/2017 01:26:39 PM

Sep18

By Vicki Lynn

This summer Miles and I traveled to Israel—a trip that has long been on our bucket list. Our trip was made possible through the Charles E. Noell '70 Travel Grant from St....Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: JIM SCHMIDT

09/01/2017 10:47:45 AM

Sep1

by Jim Schmidt

My name is Jim Schmidt and I grew up in the New York City area and married Rachel Cohen in 1975. In the 1980’s we had two children, Michael and Molly, and in the 1990’s our family moved to Richmond, Virginia.

Growing...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: LAURA DAVIDSON

08/28/2017 03:57:16 PM

Aug28

by Laura Davidson

I think my children, Liz, 27 and Sarah, 24, were genuinely concerned about how I would occupy my time when Sarah left for college. I managed – supplementing my hobbies (mostly sewing) with more volunteerism. An important part...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: ZACH MCELGUNN

07/03/2017 03:53:28 PM

Jul3

by Zach McElgunn

My name is Zach McElgunn, and I have been a member of Beth Ahabah since my family moved to Richmond, VA in 2001. I was in third grade at the time. In the intervening sixteen years, I have had my Bar Mitzvah, been confirmed, graduated...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: RENA BERLIN

06/19/2017 03:51:18 PM

Jun19

by Rena Berlin

I’m a weaver. I was a middle school social studies teacher, an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program coordinator, a Director of Education with the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Now I am a weaver. My husband, Bert,...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: COFFEE BOURNE

06/05/2017 03:49:53 PM

Jun5

by Coffee Bourne

I grew up in a different religion. I never felt at home in my beliefs. I always felt a pull to Judaism. When I met my husband, Adam, during my freshman year of college at The University of Texas at Austin, religious beliefs were...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: ANNE BLANKMAN

05/22/2017 03:38:06 PM

May22

by Anne Blankman

We never know where our passions will lead us. For Anne Blankman, her love of writing brought her to Judaism.

A few years ago, Anne was a part-time librarian and new mom living in Yorktown, VA when she had an idea...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: IKE KOZIOL

05/08/2017 03:36:40 PM

May8

by Ike Kozi0l

I came to America as as toddler. During my childhood I remember my parents Goldie and Julius and my uncle Joe and aunt Lucy packing clothing in cartons to ship to places like Uruguay, Israel and Poland. I remember sealing...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: ROBERTA OPPER: WHY I BECAME A BREAST CANCER RESEARCH ADVOCATE

04/18/2017 03:30:55 PM

Apr18

by Roberta Opper

We all know the grim statistics—each year approximately 250,000 American women and men are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and about 40,000 die. Since my breast cancer diagnosis 25 years ago, I have spent an enormous...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: JOHN MARSHAK: THOUGHTS ABOUT MY PASSION: WOODWORKING

04/10/2017 03:30:09 PM

Apr10

by John Marshak

When one is as enthusiastic about woodworking as I am, it should be easy to share thoughts on the subject. However, as I started thinking about this article, too many thoughts flooded my brain. What is most important to share? What...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: SUSAN ADOLF

03/16/2017 03:28:51 PM

Mar16

by Susan Adolf

My name is Susan Weiner Adolf and I am a retailer. Since as long as I can remember I worked or pretended to work for my parents who owned Saxon Shoes. Before I could even see over the front desk I was trying to be a cashier. As our...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: JUDITH KOZIOL: AGELESS GRACE: TIMELESS FITNESS FOR BODY AND MIND

03/02/2017 03:27:05 PM

Mar2

by Judith Koziol

Three years ago I had a wonderful and definitely life-changing experience! Someone suggested I check out an Ageless Grace class at ACAC. I did not know what to expect as I walked into a room of 20 or so men and women and 1...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: DAVID GARDNER: TEACHING AN OLD DOG A NEW TRICK

02/16/2017 03:26:17 PM

Feb16

by David Gardner

As I approached my 70th birthday and retirement about three years ago, I began to think about new adventures and challenges. In the past I had run marathons, cycled, skied, played tennis, etc.—all of which provided...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: RENATE FORSSMANN-FALCK: TREKKING KILIMANJARO

02/02/2017 03:21:41 PM

Feb2

by Renate Forssmann-Falck

It started in spring of 2014 with an advertisement of the Massey Cancer Center. It showed a man hiking in a desolate landscape. The voice said something like “He finished his cancer treatment and is now on the...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: KAREN OLSHANSKY: RENEWAL AFTER RETIREMENT

01/19/2017 03:15:32 PM

Jan19

After retirement, I revived a passion that had been dormant for the 35 years that I practiced clinical social work. I have always loved poetry, and had even tried writing some poems in my high school and college years and then again as a young...Read more...

Beth Ahabah Voices: Brandon Farbstein

01/05/2017 03:10:04 PM

Jan5

“I’m Meant to Make a Difference for Somebody”

On stage and in the community, a young Richmonder proves he’s more than his disability

by Samantha Willis

The young man sitting across the table from me inside Alchemy...Read more...

Beth Ahabah Voices: Earl Ferguson

12/21/2016 03:06:27 PM

Dec21

One of the most delightful parts of my position as Chair of North American Camping and Israel Programs for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is that I get the opportunity to visit the various camps around North America.  Most of our congregants...Read more...

TRAVEL: GOMEZ MILL HOUSE (C.1714)

12/11/2016 03:13:08 PM

Dec11

by Jim Schuyler

During the Labor Day weekend, Frank and I drove to Northern New Jersey to celebrate my grandniece’s Bat Mitzvah. We decided to continue north to New York’s Hudson River Valley, where we reserved a lovely cottage near...Read more...

BETH AHABAH VOICES: DEBRA GARDNER

12/08/2016 04:00:31 PM

Dec8

When I was about to turn 60 and planning to retire from almost 30 years practicing law, I had a major problem. What was I going to do? My brain was going to turn to mush! I was having lunch with a friend and expressed my concerns. She suggested I...Read more...

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