Congregation Beth Ahabah

Congregation Beth Ahabah


So excited that our upcoming 14th Annual Israeli & Jewish Film Festival is included in today's River City Roundup by Richmond magazine of the best things to see, do and experience this week!

We would like to extend our greatest gratitude to our community partners. The meaningful work on this year's film festival, would not be possible without the help of Chabad Of Virginia, Congregation Beth Ahabah, Congregation Or Atid, Congregation Or Ami, Hadassah Richmond, Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, Jewish Life at VCU, Keneseth Beth Israel-Richmond VA, Temple Beth-El, University of Richmond Hillel and Virginia Holocaust Museum.

An extra special thanks to the Horwitz Family for sponsoring the event. Your support plays a vital role in encouraging Jewish and Israeli artistic through a broad spectrum of thought and opinion.

Lastly, a big thanks to this year's co presenters Virginia Museum of History & Culture, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Through you, we've been able to reach beyond the Jewish community and provide educational, social and cultural experiences that are relevant to others in the Richmond community.

Festival runs from January 19-29. Get tickets at
This evening, we lit the hanukkiah in celebration of the second night of Hanukkah. Thank you to the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and Congregation Beth Ahabah for leading our ceremony, and sharing an inspiring message on the importance of this holiday.

May we all usher light into the lives of others and the great City of Richmond. Happy Hanukkah!
Due to the passing of our Executive Director's wife, Michele Asher, the Museum will be closed on November 29th out of respect for Michele and the entire Asher family. We will reopen as usual on Wednesday, November 30th.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Sanctuary at Congregation Beth Ahabah on Tuesday, November 29th at 11 a.m.

A fund in memory of Michele for Holocaust Education has been created. You can learn more and make a gift in her honor here:
Interested in taking a trip to the Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture on November 10? Sign up before the deadline: Monday, October 24.

Jewish Community Federation of Richmond Congregation Beth Ahabah Temple Beth-El Congregation Or Atid Congregation Or Ami Keneseth Beth Israel-Richmond VA Brith Achim Congregation Kehillah Chabad Of Virginia
Walking to your forever love! ❤️ We were honored to be a part of Madeline and Alex’s wedding this weekend!

Isn’t this synagogue just gorgeous also?!
Wedding Mgmt: VIBEvents Group, LLC
Ceremony: Congregation Beth Ahabah
We want to take this opportunity to thank our Jewish Family Theatre cast members and crew that worked tirelessly to bring The Last Cyclist to the Sara Belle November Theater at the Weinstein JCC last night!

And a special thanks to our audience members for coming to the show and letting us share our creative journey with you. You help us to fulfill our mission to connect Jews to their own cultural community and build bridges to others. We couldn't do it without you!

If you missed last night's show, there will be additional performances at the Virginia Holocaust Museum this evening at 7pm, and Congregation Beth Ahabah on Sunday, May 1. Check out their websites at and for details.
This day will keep inspiring each one of us to always stand with the victims and make this world a better place to live.

In commemoration of Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, we invite you to join us for a limited-run performance of Jewish Family Theatre's The Last Cyclist tonight at 7pm.

Additional performances at Virginia Holocaust Museum on 4/28 at 7pm, and Congregation Beth Ahabah on 5/1 at 2pm.
Join us for a limited run of Jewish Family Theatre’s The Last Cyclist.

Directed by Debra Clinton with musical accompaniment by Natan Berenshteyn, The Last Cyclist brings to light the dangers of totalitarianism, herd-like behavior, and the frightening extremes to which bullying can lead.

This show commemorates Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah). Following the performance will be a talk back with writer, and producer Naomi Patz.

There are additional performances at Virginia Holocaust Museum on 4/28, and Congregation Beth Ahabah on 5/1.

Learn more:
200+ Volunteers came together to cook, package and deliver 2,464 Christmas Day Dinner to those in need.
Thanks to everyone who made it happen! Check out the video and Happy New Year!
Huge thanks to Congregation Beth AhabahSecond Baptist Church, River & GaskinsBon Air Presbyterian Church (USA)
And the beat goes on!

Last night’s Community Drumming Shabbat & Dinner Featuring Path To Rhythm was a hit! Over 100 guests of all ages and faiths joined together for food, community, and music.

Rabbi Scott Nagel, from Congregation Beth Ahabah, led a beautiful "mock" Shabbat. And our very own Dawn Kowal carried the group in song. Path to Rhythm facilitated two fun and interactive drumming sessions.

A big thanks to Kenny Bendheim for a fantastic meal. His delicious kosher food made our event special.

Finally, a huge thank you to our hotel sponsor, The Westin Richmond.

Everyone had a great time! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
Tickets are still available to Different Trains, A Violins of Hope Community Concert on Sunday, Oct. 17th at 5:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Ahabah!

Join us to honor Jewish composers and the violins restored through Violins of Hope. Get your tickets today:
Get to know Molly Sharp, Principal Violist of the Richmond Symphony and one of the talented musicians bringing the Violins of Hope to life!

🎻 Molly shares what it means to her to be a part of and more in this video.

🎻 Purchase your tickets today to the Violins of Hope Community Concerts at Congregation Beth Ahabah on October 17 at 5:30pm, The Grandin Theatre in Roanoke on October 19th at 7pm and the final concert at Virginia Museum of History & Culture on October 24 at 5:30pm. Learn more:
Read the latest reflector online today!! What’s going on at local synagogues and agencies, in Israel and beyond! Jewish Community Federation of Richmond Weinstein JCC Hadera-Eiron & Southeast P2G Community Jewish Family Services Secure Community Network The Jewish Agency for Israel JDC Beth Sholom Senior Living Congregation Beth Ahabah Temple Beth-El Congregation Or Atid Congregation Or Ami Chabad Of Virginia Kehillah Rudlin Torah Academy - Richmond Hebrew Day School Richmond Jewish Foundation Keneseth Beth Israel-Richmond VA Virginia Holocaust Museum Hillel at Virginia Tech Brody Jewish Center- Hillel at UVa
Shana tovah to all of you celebrating Rosh HaShannah tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday! We're looking forward to helping Congregation Beth Ahabah bring the season to a celebratory end for Simchat Torah services on Monday, September 27th, and then a bar mitzvah celebration on October 9th. Hopefully the new year will bring more public performances. Stay tuned, and have a sweet new year!
Join us this Sunday, June 27th at Congregation Beth Ahabah as we Stand Against Antisemitism, click to register (registration required).

Incidences of Antisemitism are on the rise. Our community is coming together, and asking our elected officials, interfaith partners and friends to join us in standing together against hate.

Hand-Held Signs Encouraged (no poles) | No Large Bags or Backpacks
This event is following CDC health guidelines:
If you have not been fully vaccinated, masks are required.
Socially distanced seating will be available.
Live-streaming information will be made available closer to the event.

Special Guests Include:
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D)
U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA 7)
U.S. Representative Bob Good (R-VA 5)
Senator Siobhan Dunnavant (R-12) Senator Ghazala Hashmi (D-10)
Delegate Betsy Carr (D-69)
Delegate Lashrecse Aird (D-63)
Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-72)
Delegate John McGuire (R-56)
Rabbi Hal Schevitz, Richmond Council of Congregational Rabbis
Bishop Darryl Husband Sr., Mount Olivet Church,
Reverend Daniel Glaze, River Road Church,
Jonathan Zur, Virginia Center for Inclussive Communities (VCIC)
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Thank You to our Community Partners:
Congregation Beth Ahabah, Congregation Or Atid, Keneseth Beth Israel, Congregation Or Ami, Temple Beth El, Chabad of Virginia, Congregation Brith Achim, Virginia Holocaust Museum, Weinstein JCC, Jewish Family Services of Richmond (JFS), Beth Sholom Senior Living, Richmond Jewish Foundation, University of Richmond Hillel, Rudlin Torah Academy, BBYO, NCSY/JSU, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), JNF-USA Small Communities, ADL DC Region, AJC DC Region,
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Yesterday's was Rabbi Edward Calisch of Congregation Beth Ahabah in Richmond VA. He gave the House prayer on April 6, 1892. We learned from B'nai B'rith International of tragedy for Rabbi Calisch on June 3, 1911, when his 17-year-old daughter died in an automobile accident outside Richmond.

A progressive, Jewish congregation in central Virginia, drawing on its rich heritage to provide spiri

Operating as usual



Vayak’heil–P’kudei — [Moses] Assembled / [The] Records [of the Tabernacle]
Exodus 35:1–40:38
Thank you to Cantor Sarah Beck-Berman for offering commentary on this weekly portion.

Photos from Women of Beth Ahabah's post 03/08/2023

Thank you for all you do!!

Photos from Women of Beth Ahabah's post 03/07/2023

Photos from Women of Beth Ahabah's post

Photos from Congregation Beth Ahabah's post 03/07/2023

It was all things Purim this weekend...from an interactive Megillah reading during our Shabbat service along with a Purim carnival extravaganza Friday the Land of Oz and a mini-Megillah reading during Religious School on Sunday...and ending with a beachy Purim Shpiel Sunday evening! PHEW! What a fun weekend! Thank you to Women of Beth Ahabah, Brotherhood, and all of our many volunteers for their help making it happen!!


Join us for a Shabbat for the littles in your life on Saturday, March 11th at 9am! A great introduction to Shabbat for ages 0-5 and the adults in their life! See you there!


Join us this coming Sunday for "A Beach Boychick Purim Shpiel!!" Come early for some schmoozing and noshing at 6pm then enjoy the show beginning at 6:30pm. You won't want to miss it!


Join us tomorrow night for Shabbat featuring Beth Ahabah Choir and singing from special guests Greater Richmond Children's Choir!!


Join us for a joyful and uplifting Shabbat service for all ages featuring the Beth Ahabah Choir and special musical guests Greater Richmond Children's Choir.


Come one, come all! A Purim Carnival Extravaganza complete with a lively Megillah reading, carnival food, games and prizes! You won't want to miss this! March 3rd beginning at 5:45pm.


Purim is right around the corner Want to learn how to make your very own Hamentaschen? All young adults are invited to come down to Beth Ahabah on Sunday afternoon February 26th at 3:30pm and do just that! Contact Sarah Roper at [email protected] to join in the fun!


Join us for a joyful and uplifting Shabbat service for all ages featuring the Beth Ahabah Choir and special musical guests Greater Richmond Children's Choir.


Head down to the Beth Ahabah beach and catch "A Beach Boychick" Purim Shpiel Sunday, March 5th at 6:30pm! Enjoy a Purim-inspired twist on Beach Boys don't want to miss it!


Bring your little ones to a Shabbat designed just for them this Saturday, February 11th at 9am! Great for kids 0-5 and their adults!

Help those less fortunate at Seguimos Adelante 02/02/2023

Help those less fortunate at Seguimos Adelante

Dominic Bourne is working to collect school and art supplies for pop-up shelters in Juarez as his Bar Mitzvah project. Please consider just buying a book or box of paints for these kids who literally have nothing, it would change their world. When you order off Amazon, it will be sent to a house in El Paso and driven over the border. The group he is partnering with is Seguimos Adelante and they are incredible!

Help those less fortunate at Seguimos Adelante Help kids with Seguimos Adelante!


Rabbi Scott Nagel was honored to deliver the invocation at the opening of the 2023 session of the Virginia House of Delegates on January 25th. Click the video below to view his invocation.


There's something new at Beth Ahabah...Cub Scout Pack 437!! Contact [email protected] for more information, or if you or someone you know is interested in joining!

Photos from Congregation Beth Ahabah's post 01/17/2023

Religious School had several special guests this past Sunday. In addition to our musicians-in-residence Elana Jagoda Kaye and Saul Kaye providing special musical programming throughout the morning, our member David Sacks came by to show our students how to create a grogger as part of the Purim presentation that the museum and archives had in our main lobby!

Photos from Congregation Beth Ahabah's post 01/17/2023

Tot Shabbat enjoyed having our musician-in-residence Elana Jagoda Kaye as a special guest on Saturday during our Shabbaton this past weekend.

Photos from Congregation Beth Ahabah's post 01/16/2023

Thank you to everyone who attended our Havdalah Community Concert honoring MLK Day with Musicians-in-Residence Elana Jagoda Kaye and Saul Kaye! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!


Videos (show all)

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L’shanah Tovah! Wishing you a happy and sweet new year. Enjoy this 2 minute tour of the new entry. We are just as excite...
Purim First Friday
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First Steps Having Fun Learning!





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