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Beth Ahabah Voices: Zach McElgunn

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 high school, and I received my Bachelors degree from the University of Virginia in 2015.

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Beth Ahabah Voices: Rena Berlin

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 Read More


Beth Ahabah Voices: Coffee Bourne

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 Read More


Beth Ahabah Voices: Anne Blankman

by Anne Blankman

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


Beth Ahabah Voices: Ike Koziol

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 the boxes and shlepping them to the post office with my father. This was in the 1950s and there were people in need in those places. There Read More


Beth Ahabah Voices: Roberta Opper: Why I Became a Breast Cancer Research Advocate

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 amount of time learning as much as I can about the disease, in an attempt to stay healthy. I have attended seminars, retreats and studied relevant websites and journals. Read More


Beth Ahabah Voices: John Marshak: Thoughts About My Passion: Woodworking

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 would others want to know? Read More


Beth Ahabah Voices: Susan Adolf

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 store grew and moved west in Richmond, I continued to go in every afternoon and on weekends. I received my first real paycheck at age 16 and after 43 “official” years I retired four years ago. Read More


Beth Ahabah Voices: Judith Koziol: Ageless Grace: Timeless Fitness for Body and Mind

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 educator, all seated with their shoes off. Read More


Beth Ahabah Voices: David Gardner: Teaching an Old Dog a New Trick

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 balance in my life to offset the stresses of my academic and clinical pursuits. Read More


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