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KBI Happenings

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By Chava Maimon

Keneseth Beth Israel (KBI) has continued to be in high action this summer!

Camp SEED, an annual summer camp for children, delighted youngsters throughout the 4-week-long program.

Combining fun activities, food, and awesome counselors, the kids had a blast! (See photo)

Momentum, an organization that helps Jewish women from all walks of life embrace their Judaism, partnered with women in the Richmond community to travel to Israel in mid-July for a week of inspiration.

Also in July, Rabbi Dovid Asher traveled to Québec, Canada, to represent the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) at the International Association of Kashrus Organizations (AKO ) conference.

The conference strives to bring together agencies that deal with kashrut, the kosher dietary laws, to discuss issues and solutions on an international scale.

Tisha B’Av (the 9th of the Jewish month of Av), the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, was commemorated at KBI with programming the evening of July 26 and all day on July 27. The programming began with the reading of Eicha (Lamentations) in the evening.

The following morning, Kinot (sad poems) were read. A variety of relevant video presentations were offered in the afternoon prior to the ending of the fast that night.

The yearly “Nine Days Kollel” began right after Tisha B’Av. Young men learning at Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, traveled to Richmond for over a week to share their learning with the community.

The scholars learned with community members both individually and in a group setting.

The community also opened their homes to host the young men for meals, giving people the opportunity to get to know each other and to shower the guests with southern hospitality.

The entire Richmond Jewish community is invited to attend KBI’s free monthly gourmet Gold Kiddush after Shabbat day services (approximately 10:45 a.m.).

Come eat, talk, and enjoy!

Please contact KBI at 804-288-7953 for upcoming dates.