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About Us

Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives is Richmond’s museum of Jewish history, art and culture. It is located in the Fan District of Richmond, in a 20th century row house, just east of the sanctuary of Congregation Beth Ahabah.

Jews were doing business in the Virginia Territory as early as 1650, and began to settle in Richmond by the 1760’s. Kahal Kadosh (K.K.) Beth Shalome (Holy Congregation, House of Peace) was organized in the Sephardic tradition in Richmond in 1789. It was the first Jewish congregation in Virginia and the sixth in the United States. In 1841 K.K. Beth Ahabah (House of Love) was established in the Ashkenazic style. The two congregations consolidated in 1898. Many other congregations and charitable organizations developed in Richmond. Beth Ahabah established an Archives Committee in the 1950’s, and the Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives was formally established in the late 1970’s. It now interprets the history of the entire Jewish community of Richmond through its archival collections, publications and public exhibitions.


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.

Officers and Board

Martin Miller, President
David Sacks, Secretary
Sharon Bassell, Treasurer
Shelly Berger
Rena Berlin
Genie Crawford
Alan Freiden
Rabbi Randi Nagel
Helen Newpol
Terry Schultz

Contact Us

1109 W. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220-3700
(804) 353-2668

David Farris, Director
Bonnie Eisenman, Administrator/Researcher
Amy Roberts, Administrative Assistant

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