The Archives of Ohef Sholom Temple was created to collect and preserve records of enduring value that document the rich history and traditions of this historic congregation and the Jewish community of Tidewater Virginia. Holdings include the records and artifacts of the Temple and congregation, as well as a wide range of manuscript materials; artifacts; and audio and visual materials, including photographs and oral history recordings. The Archives surveys, inventories, and processes these records and makes them available to members of the congregation, educators, and authorized researchers. Through its historical records and collections, the Archives strives to keep faith with those who have gone before and to inform current generations and generations to come.

The Archives contains over 2,500 written records, artifacts, manuscript collections, and audio and visual materials. In 1994, Ohef Sholom Temple commemorated its 150th anniversary by producing a short historical documentary and companion booklet to tell the story of our first 150 years. The Archives’ collections made a significant contribution to that effort.

The Archives welcomes cooperation with other synagogues and religious organizations, as well as educational and cultural institutions with corresponding goals and/or areas of interest.

The Archives is open on request. For more information, please call (757) 625-4295 or e-mail us at

Click here to visit our Online Collections Database.

Partial funding for the Ohef Sholom Temple Archives webpage is possible by a grant from the George & Mollie Radin Archives Trust Fund.