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Portsmouth, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Chevra T'helim Synagogue

 
 
Chevra T'helim Synagogue Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Thomson, October 11, 2010
1. Chevra T'helim Synagogue Marker
Inscription. Chevra T'helim, (translation: House of Psalms), housed an Orthodox Jewish Congregation, established in 1917. It served the religious needs of a congregation largely composed of merchants who emigrated from Eastern Europe th the port city of Portsmouth. Like many religious institutions, the synagogue lost its congregants to the suburbs in the late 20th Century. This classical revival synagogue has been refurbished by the Friends of Chevra T'helim as a center for Jews and non-Jews alike to learn about an important aspect of American Jewish history.
Chevra T'helim Synagogue is a rare surviving example of Eastern European Judaism standing on Effingham Street. It represents a large immigration of people seeking relief from religious persecution who made great contributions to the economic and cultural life of the United States.
 
Erected by Path of History, Portsmouth VA.
 
Location. 36° 50.05′ N, 76° 18.383′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker is on Effingham Street (Virginia Route 141), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 607 Effingham Street, Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Arnold's British Defenses, 1781
Chevra T'helim from across Effingham St. image. Click for full size.
By James Thomson, October 11, 2010
2. Chevra T'helim from across Effingham St.
(about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reverend Francis Devlin (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Paul's School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Monumental Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); The Commodore Theatre (approx. ¼ mile away); Ruth Brown (approx. 0.3 miles away); Emanuel A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Regarding Chevra T'helim Synagogue. Restored, currently occupied by the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center
 
Also see . . .  Jewish Museum of Portsmouth. (Submitted on October 12, 2010, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States.)
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2010, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. This page has been viewed 393 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 12, 2010, by James Thomson of Chesapeake, United States. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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