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Beth Ahabah Museum and Archive

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Address: 1109 West Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23220
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An architectural gem

We only visited the synagogue from the outside but it is one of the most incredible structures I have seen. The tall columns give the synagogue a grand facade and it is very... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
Stamford, Connecticut
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Stamford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

We only visited the synagogue from the outside but it is one of the most incredible structures I have seen. The tall columns give the synagogue a grand facade and it is very historic as it was built when George Washington was President in 1789.

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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 22 February 2016

I had visited many Cathedrals and Historic Churches but this Synagogue was wonderful. Very historic community! One of the oldest Jewish congregations in the USA (1789). Large early twentieth-century Byzantine-Styled structure. I felt like I was in the Parthenon! But the staff were so welcoming. Excellent museum. Visited in 2014.

1 Thank 757KJH1992
Plymouth meeting
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Reviewed 7 January 2015 via mobile

Wonderful experience. David was very personable and knowledgable. Showed us sanctuary and it's history.

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New York City
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Reviewed 30 December 2014

That being Jewish life in Richmond. I went here because an ancestor was part of the congregation in the 19th century, but I think I'd have enjoyed it even if that weren't true. Didn't have as much time as we wanted, but the regular and special exhibits are well thought out, and the materials are well presented. It's also in... More 

1 Thank Maria212
Tybee Island, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2014

Great insight into history of Jews in Virginia. Although officially closed the day before Thanksgiving, they graciously allowed us to come in to see the museum and sanctuary!

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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

Things you find in this museum, you will not find anywhere else. If Jewish american history is your thing, don't skip this museum.

1 Thank Gladys B
Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

Unique for Virginia; it has alot for a small site. This is Richmond and Virginia's Jewish history from the sixth oldest Jewish congregation in our nation.

1 Thank Rob L
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 28 August 2010

If you are Jewish and in Richmond, do yourself a favor and drop by Beth Ahabah. The museum is great and filled with local contributors to the American story, but the real treat is to go into the synagoge. It is stunningly beautiful, especially in brilliant daylight where the sun shines through the ornate stained glass windows. The Bima is... More 

1 Thank brentsmiley
Petach Tikva, Israel
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Reviewed 19 July 2010

This small museum does an excellant job of chronicaling the history of Jews in the South, particularly during the Civil War Period. Although only consisting of 3 rooms this is clearly a labor of love by the congregation. Only an hour or so is needed. Be sure to see the inside of the synagogue.

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