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Weinstein JCC Annual Meeting to honor long-time staff member Barbara Wise


Join the Weinstein JCC Board of Directors, Leadership and Staff in celebrating this past year at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 18 at the Weinstein JCC.

There will be a reception from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the Annual Meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Israel November Auditorium.

This event is free and open to the community. Participants can register at: weinsteinjcc.org and reserve their spot.

 An important part of this year’s meeting will be recognizing and honoring Early Childhood Assistant Director, Barbara Wise, who will retire in June.

Barbara joined the Center 50 years ago as a Camp Ganim Counselor, after having children she became an active parent in the preschool, serving as the Early Childhood Chairperson, next working part-time assisting in the Preschool office and in 1995 joining the preschool leadership team.

Barbara has devoted her professional career to the benefit of the Weinstein JCC and the thousands of parents and family members, hundreds of teachers and of course all the precious children that have come through the preschool.

Barbara has worn many hats in her career: she has been a Camp counselor, preschool science teacher, intake registrar, master preschool tour guide, teacher advocate, supervisor, guidance counselor, therapist, social worker, mediator, coach, reluctant game player, cheerleader, mentor, financial manager, cook, baker, shopper, carpool coordinator and safety monitor, and fundraiser extraordinaire working diligently to raise money to benefit the Preschool through the many PGA fundraising events.

Barbara’s most lucrative fundraiser and community service event has been the annual Purim Hamantaschen café. Barbara has ordered, packed up, carried, and sold over 200,000 hamantaschen in her career and will long be associated with this special annual fundraiser.

The Wise family – sons, Scott, and Eric Wise (wife Laura) and her four grandchildren, Sadie, Asher, Margot, and Phoebe grew up at the JCC.  Michael, Barbara’s late husband, was involved in the creation of Camp Hilbert, was an active JCC board member and served as President of our board from 1988-1990.

Barbara and Michael have left a lasting legacy of commitment and support to the Weinstein JCC.  They were both honored in 2009 during the 50 years on Monument Celebration – among the 50 couples/families recognized for their impact on the Center for all those years. Her presence in the preschool will be greatly missed, but we are fortunate that she remains a mentor and good friend in our community!

We hope you will join us to honor and celebrate Barbara!

The Weinstein JCC is supported, in part, by a generous annual contribution and programming grants from the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond.