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In Memoriam: Richard “Rick” Nelson


In Memoriam


Longtime community leader Rick Nelson died peacefully after a short illness with his wife, son, and daughter-in law at his side on March 29.

His commitment and love for his family and community led him to a 35-year career with the Jewish Community Centers of North America (JCCA). Rick started his career in Jacksonville in the Athletic department and then went on to Houston and Seattle as Assistant Director of their JCCs. From there, his executive skills, leadership and love for the Jewish community led him to be the Executive Director at JCCs in Providence, RI, Vancouver, BC Canada and the Weinstein JCC, from 2017-2020, here in Richmond.

He also worked as the Director of Community JCC Campuses for UJA Federation of Great Toronto, ON.

Rick was a very special presence in our community, and he will be deeply missed by all of us who were fortunate to have him in our lives.