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Contribute to renovate the historic amphitheater built by Jewish refugees in 1939.

$16,050 raised

$120,000 goal

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During the 1940’s Quaker Hill (now Quaker Hill Conference Center) was used to house refugees.One of those refugees, Norbert Silbeger, organized many of the others to build an amphitheather on the grounds.It has seen various uses over the years but has now fallen into disrepair and is not suitable for general use.The Quaker Hill Foundation Board has undertaken to rebuild this amphitheater into a modern facility and is seeking your financial help in this effort.

In the spirit of service, which the history of the old amphitheater exemplifies, we anticipate significant outreach to the groups and the communities which Quaker Hill Conference Center Serves as the only outdoor theater in a 50 mile radius.The new amphitheater will:

  • be handicap accessible with ramps, wide rows and platforms to accommodate wheelchairs and other locomotion assisting devices,
  • Be equipped with lighting to allow afternoon and evening use,
  • be equipped with a sound system so that all may hear.

We anticipate use:

  • by the Richmond Theater Company for summer events,
  • by schools and colleges to develop skills in outdoor theater productions,
  • by churches for Easter services and evening vespers,
  • for weddings and expect to have an appropriate backdrop available,
  • as a meeting space for worship, for presentations, and celebrations.