Who We Are
As the oldest and largest synagogue in Richmond, Beth Ahabah seeks to build community—among our members; among congregants, clergy and temple staff; and between the congregation and the city at large. We offer a wide range of programming—from interest-based study to a modern vision for Jewish education, to family practice at home and to thought-provoking discussions—that facilitate and inspire lifelong exploration of Judaism and what it means to be a Jew. As a Reform Jewish congregation, Beth Ahabah also creates an inviting space that brings together a diverse membership and encourages congregants to pursue social justice, a core element of our Jewish identity.
Congregation Beth Ahabah draws on its rich heritage to be a home for spirituality, education and community in a diverse, joyful, vibrant and welcoming Reform Jewish environment for today’s congregants and for future generations.
Values and Principles
Congregation Beth Ahabah provides a respectful, accepting and supportive framework within which each congregant may live a fulfilling Reform Jewish life. For this to occur, it is every congregant’s responsibility to:
- Contribute to the present and future financial viability of the congregation
- Engage in Tikkun Olam—repairing the world—through social justice and social action
- Engage in activities that strengthen the bonds of the Jewish people
- Engage in lifelong Jewish learning
- Participate in accomplishing our mission for today’s congregants and for future generations
Photo: Craig Rudlin.