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2020 Virtual Chesapeake Annual Celebration

On Sunday, April 19, 2020 over 160 people from around the Chesapeake area came together for the first time on Zoom for their Annual Celebration.  This was the 28th year of the Chesapeake Annual Celebration, and with the challenges from the coronavirus pandemic the event from switched from an in-person event to a virtual gathering to keep all safe.

The event was hosted on Zoom so that all the honorees, presenters and emcees could be seen, while all attendees were able to watch and chat during the event, offering up their congratulations to the Hineini recipients, as well as thanking them for helping each of their congregations be wonderful examples of evolving and thriving Reconstructionist communities.

The Chesapeake Day of Learning, normally a half-day event, was rescheduled and recreated into a series of weekly virtual learning sessions which are open to everyone. To learn more about these events, please visit our Reconstructionist Learning Series, Sponsored by the Chesapeake Area Congregations.


2020 Chesapeake Annual Celebration - Full Video

2020 Chesapeake Annual Celebration

A Teaching from Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., President of Reconstructing Judaism, who spoke at the Annual Celebration

Reconstructing Judaism’s Chesapeake Annual Celebration: A Teaching from Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.

Resources and Tribute Journal
2020 Chesapeake Annual Celebration Tribute Journal
A Teaching from Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. - audio file
A Teaching from Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. - transcript

Original program description

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Register for Chesapeake’s Annual Day of Learning and Celebration.
Purchase Tribute Journal Messages.

All journal content is due by March 27. The registration deadline is April 17.

Please join us on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 4 p.m. virtually for the 28th Annual Chesapeake Celebration, where we will honor exceptional individuals from our local congregations. 

To ensure honorees are properly recognized, please consider purchasing a message for the Tribute Journal, which will be produced and distributed digitally on April 19, and will also be posted on Reconstructing Judaism’s website. Each honoree will receive their own personal printed copy of the journal to have as a keepsake.

We have waived registration fees for the Annual Celebration and hope that you will direct your contribution to help us create a robust Tribute Journal that celebrates the hard work of those being honored.

4 p.m. Short Study Session
4:20 p.m. Program of Honor and Musical Interlude
5:15 p.m. Virtual toast (have your favorite drink ready!)

Questions? Email Jackie Land at JLand@ReconstructingJudaism.org

This year’s distinguished honorees are:

Adat Shalom
Pam Sommers
Fred Pinkney

Beit Tikvah
Ken Staubs

Betty and Peter Silverglate

Kol Ami
Rayna Aylward
Toni Popkin

Mishkan Torah
Mark Loewenstein

Oseh Shalom
Dan Bravmann and Ann Wittik Bravmann
Gary and Melody Magnus

Tribute Journal Options
The deadline for the Tribute Journal content is March 27.
$36 Name-Only Listing
$54 Two Line Message - 60 characters
$72 Eighth Page message - 2.25” high x 3” wide
$108 Quarter Page message - 4.5” high x 3” wide
$180 Half Page message - 4.5” high x 6” wide
$360 Full Page message- 9” high x 6” wide

Do you have a business in the Chesapeake area you would like to promote? Does someone in your community have an online business and is interested in broadening their audience reach? We can help! 
Click here to become a sponsor or for more information.

COVID-19 coronavirus notice: We are reviewing information and recommendations as they become available through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local health authorities. Should developing information and recommendations indicate a change in plans for this event, we will issue a notification accordingly.