|Beth Ahabah, 1109 Franklin St, Richmond, VA photo by Jeff Majer|
Stained Glass, Beth Ahabah, photo by Jeff Majer
|Stained Glass from Beth Ahabah, photo by Jeff Majer|
|Arch of the octagonal Beth Ahabah, Photo by Jeff Majer|
|Tiffany stained glass window at Beth Ahabah, photo by Jeff Majer|
The current building was built in 1844, a time when the location was way outside of the city proper. St. James Episcopal Church was built in 1912, about a block west on Franklin, and there has been a close partnership ever since. In 1994, When St James was hit struck by lightening and very badly burned, Rabbi Jack Spiro invited them to have the Sunday church services at the Beth Ahabah. Farris also told me that the folks from St James wanted to have a Christmas pageant with a live baby as Jesus. When the newborn from St. James became ill, the pageant was a able to have an actual Jewish baby Jesus from the Beth Ahabah congregation. (Don't worry I asked and there was a Christmas pageant and in a synagogue and no on caught on fire...in fact the lightening strike brought them together).
|Interior of Beth Ahabah, photo by Jeff Majer|
Visit Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives
1109 West Franklin St. Richmond, VA
open to the public Sun-Thurs 10:00am-3:00pm
*I hate when people use the phrase "a number of". It could mean anything from negative infinity to positive infinity. In other words it is just a number of words. I just couldn't remember how many. I think it was 5-6.
**Sorry these are not the best photos.