Beth El plans trip to Charlottesville

by | Sep 8, 2022 | What’s Happening

Sunday, October 23, 8 am–6 pm

Congregation Beth El is planning a fun-filled mission to Charlottesville. The trip will include a Jewish-themed tour of Monticello with highlights of the Uriah Levy Jewish connection; a visit and meal at Congregation Beth Israel; and a conversation and snacks with Rabbi Jake Rubin, executive director of the Brody Jewish Center at the University of Virginia, Jewish college students, and one of UVA’s distinguished Jewish Studies professors.

This is a timely opportunity to visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home until his death in 1826, with the recent release of the film The Levys of Monticello. The film tells the story of how Uriah Levy and his family saved the Jefferson estate from the disrepair it had fallen into and began to restore and honor Jefferson’s legacy.

Beth El asks parents of UVA students to encourage them to join everyone at the Brody Jewish Center, whether they are already involved with Hillel or not.

Beth El’s Charlottesville members, Scott Goodman and Brad Kesser, say they are looking forward to welcoming the group to their “neighborhood” and sharing all things Jewish that Charlottesville has to offer.

The bus departs from Congregation Beth El at 8 am. Participants are asked to arrive by 7:30 am. The generous underwriting from the UJFT/Synagogue Partnership Grant makes it possible to offer a greatly reduced rate of $75 for Beth El members and $125 for non-members.

To RSVP, contact Ronnie Jacobs Cohen at or 757-625-7821.

Ronnie Jacobs Cohen