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Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives

The Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives collects, preserves and exhibits materials that relate to Jewish history and culture – with particular emphasis on Richmond, Virginia – so that Jewish history and culture may be documented, interpreted and passed on to future generations.

New Exhibition Opening Soon

If I am only for myself, what am I? [Pirkei Avot 1:14]

Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives is opening a new exhibit in early April 2019.  Beyond the Temple Walls: A Commitment to Community focuses on the many ways Richmond Jews have given back to the larger community over the past two centuries.  Contributing to the common good is an obligation of all Jewish people, regardless of their wealth or wishes.  This exhibit tells the story of how individuals, families and organizations, both past and present, have interpreted their obligation to restore the world.  About two dozen individuals are featured, including Solomon Jacobs, an early 19th century civic leader; Mrs. Fanny Heller Straus, the first president of the Hebrew Benevolent Association; Charles Hutzler, chair of the Richmond School Board; Naomi Cohn, a charter member of the Virginia League of Women Voters; Sam Troy, a tireless fundraiser; and storyteller Jacqueline Viener.



Stories of Richmond's long Jewish history are retold in four galleries of changing exhibitions.


The archival collection is available to researchers looking for genealogical and historical information.


Your contributions help support our mission and are greatly appreciated. Donations can be made through the mail, via the congregation's website (click  CONTRIBUTE and select "Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives Donations" from the drop down menu), or by calling  (804) 353-2668 with your credit card information.



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