Lecture: Gruber to lecture in Portsmouth, Virginia
"The Architecture of Immigration: American Synagogues from 1760 to 1920"
An illustrated lecture
by Dr. Samuel D. Gruber
(former Chevra T’helim Synagogue)
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Jews came to
This lecture traces this history through the religious buildings erected by each Jewish immigrant group. Through a rich architectural legacy, Dr. Gruber examines the history, experiences, tastes, influences and aspirations of American Jewish immigrants.
The Jewish Museum & Cultural Center
The Jewish Museum & Cultural Center opened in March 2008 in the former Chevra T'helim Synagogue, built in 1918 and closed in1985.
In 2002, the Friends of Chevra T'helim, Inc., formed a 501(c)(3) organization and stepped in to preserve this historic landmark. They acquired the building, and launched a Capital Campaign to raise $500,000. Architect John Paul Hanbury of the firm of Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas & Company, noted for their excellence in historic preservation, oversaw the restoration.
The former synagogue, now completely restored, has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is listed on the Virginia Historic Register.
SAMUEL D. GRUBER is Director of the Jewish Heritage Research Center (
Dr. Gruber received his B.A. degree in Medieval Studies from