Jewish Cultural Celebration

Jewish Cultural Celebration 2019
B’yachad: We are Together

November 4 – November 8, 2019

In Judaism, the term “b’yachad” means “together,” but more importantly it represents the feelings of comfort and unity with your environment and the community with whom you share it.  The Jewish Student Association opens our doors for anyone who wishes to join us for events that encourage interfaith and intercultural understanding and friendship.  We hope to inspire the feeling of b’yachad within you all!

PROGRAM UPDATE:  Hannukah in Pop Culture

Monday, Nov. 4  |  8 p.m.  |  Colonnade Room, University Center

This will be a discussion on depictions of Jewish life–particularly Jewish holidays–in pop-culture and media, with a specific focus on the accuracies and inaccuracies of Hollywood’s depictions of Hanukkah celebrations.  Join us for an informative look at Jewish life on the big screen.


Jewish Cultural Celebration Dinner

Tuesday, November 5 | 5 p.m. | Dining at the Top of the UC, University Center

Cost: 1 meal swipe; Flex $10.75; Cash/Credit/EagleOne $12.50 + tax

The most important place in a Jewish home is the kitchen.  Join us for traditional Jewish food and listen to popular Jewish music from our generation and past generations.  There will be gedempte chicken, a potato latke bar, blintzes for dessert, and much more.  Before you leave, check out the Shabbat display and receive additional information about upcoming events.


Jewish Cultural Celebration Keynote Speaker: Rabbi Michael Knopf

Wednesday, November 6 | 7 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom A/B, University Center

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Student Association/Hillel

Named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Forward, Rabbi Michael Knopf

is dedicated to helping contemporary Jews meaningfully engage with one another, their tradition, and the world. With his spiritual guidance, Temple Beth-El has grown into Richmond’s premier space for spiritual, intellectual, and moral growth. Among his signature initiatives at Temple Beth-El is the Havurah Project, which brings congregants and community members together for monthly Shabbat dinners in one another’s homes. Named one of Richmond’s “40 Under 40” in 2017, he was invited by Governor Ralph Northam to offer the benediction at his inauguration and to preside over the first-ever interfaith Passover Seder at Virginia’s Executive Mansion. Rabbi Knopf has been published in several anthologies of contemporary Jewish thought and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Haaretz, Times of Israel, The Forward, Jewish Values Online, and other regional, national, and international publications. Rabbi Knopf lives in Richmond’s Museum District with his wife, Adira, and three children. He’s a pop-culture buff, a political junkie, and enjoys movies, traveling, and pizza.


Challah Making Night

Thursday, November 7  | 7 p.m. | Room 411, Lee Hall

Challah is a braided bread typically shared during ceremonial occasions like Shabbat dinners and major Jewish holidays.  Challah actually refers to the portion of the bread that is set aside as a tithe, or offering.  Join the Jewish Student Association/Hillel as we share this tradition and enjoy freshly baked challah together!


Shabbat Dinner

Friday, November 8 | 5 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

The Sabbath is the day of rest for the Jewish community. It begins at sundown on Friday and continues until three stars appear in the sky on Saturday night.  During this time, Jews abstain from labor of any kind and spend the day with families and friends.  Traditionally, Jewish families commence the Sabbath with a Shabbat dinner on Friday night.  Enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner and learn more about this time-honored weekly tradition.

For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or visit our web page at