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Welcome to Chevra T'helim

Chevra T'helim Synagogue is now known as the Jewish Museum & Cultural Center.

This rare surviving example of Eastern European  Jewish Orthodoxy is located at the main entrance to the City of Portsmouth, VA
It is a place where visitors from home and around the world can celebrate and learn about the Jewish history, faith, and culture.

The Jewish Museum & Cultural Center houses artifacts and exhibits that reflect the history of the Hampton Roads / Tidewater Jewish Community.

On Display is an eighteenth century Torah Scroll rescued from a synagogue in Trebic, Czechoslavakia. That synagogue was a victim of the Holocaust.

President’s Message (Summer 2015)

Now You Can Help Endow Tidewater’s Jewish History

The mission of “The Friends of Chevra T’helim,” the organization responsible for preserving and enlivening the structure, now known as the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center, is: “to create an environment where visitors and members of the Hampton Roads community can celebrate and learn about Jewish history, faith, and culture. Through use of the historic and restored synagogue structure (formerly Chevra T’helim), the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center will serve as a center for educational and cultural events.”

We are a non-profit charitable organization, under the IRS designation 501 (c) 3. This means that all contributions received from donors are fully deductible on personal income tax returns. We have recently received a generous bequest, now managed by the Southeast Virginia Community Foundation (SEVACF), which has been set aside as an Endowment Fund. This Fund is sequestered, and we can only draw from the interest generated by it.

It is important to understand where we came from, and what we did along the way to now. Your additional gifts to our Endowment Fund will help us preserve our past history for future generations.  Also your gifts will save the stories which will enlighten future generations.

Please consider adding to our JMCC Endowment Fund, through outright donations to this fund, or through bequests to us, through your will or estate plan.

For more information, please contact us by phone, at 757-391-9266, by E-mail at jmccportsmouth@gmail, or by snail mail, at P.O. Box 7962, Portsmouth, VA.  All inquiries are confidential and at no obligation.


Richard Rivin

Richard Rivin, President


Annual JMCC Membership Cost and Benefits

Level               Cost                 Benefits

1                       $36 per year       One (1) Admission to all films

2                       $75 per year       One (1) Admission to all films, and to either our lecture or music series

3                       $150 per year     One (1) Admission to all films, and to both our lecture and music series

4                       $250 per year     Two (2) Admissions to all films, and to both our lecture and music series

5  $100 per year     Two (2) Out of Town Supporters (Greater than 100 miles from Hampton Roads)

(Annual Membership may be paid by check, Payable to JMCC, P.O. Box 7962, Portsmouth, VA; or by Visa or Mastercard by phone                                    call: 757-391-9266, Tuesday – Thursday, 10AM to 2 PM)

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