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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 (Winter 2015)


Our mission is clear; our programs are exciting; and we need your support.

Rather than being concerned with responding to each request to participate in our great line-up of annual activities, you can be assured a place at them all with an annual membership to the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center (JMCC) in Portsmouth, VA.  We offer four different membership levels to fit any budget, described below.

We want to create a dependable base of good friends who care about our survival and who can help us meet the challenges of the future.  By becoming a member of the JMCC, you will always be kept informed of our events of interest and our new initiatives, which help preserve Jewish history in South Hampton Roads.

Please join now.   You will keep this special place a part of our community, so it can forever evoke the memories of people, places, and events that defined our history. You will receive a membership card and your renewal notice will automatically be sent to you, in advance of the calendar month of your initial membership payment.

Be sure to let us know what you think of our programs, by e-mail at, or by snail mail at Post Office Box 7962, Portsmouth, VA 23704.

You can help us make a significant impact!

Richard Rivin

President, Board of Directors of the Friends of Chevra T’helim

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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