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Hebrew Sheltering Aid Society and Temple Keneseth Israel

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c. 1870. c. 1910, addition. c. 1890, synagogue. 211–219 N. 19th St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

This complex of buildings represents the immigrant history of Shockoe Bottom. The Temple Keneseth Israel was built by Eastern European Jewish immigrants. To assist those who arrived to Richmond by train, the Hebrew Sheltering Aid Society purchased the Second Empire house and around 1910 added a large Renaissance Revival wing. The long history of the Jewish community in Shockoe Bottom also survives in the old Hebrew Cemetery at North 20th and East Franklin streets.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Hebrew Sheltering Aid Society and Temple Keneseth Israel", [Richmond, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 194-194.

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