Our History

Established in 1844, Ohef Sholom Temple is the largest and oldest reform congregation in Hampton Roads. We serve the communities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk and beyond.

As a Temple family, we recognize that Judaism is a life value system which encompasses deeds, education, lifestyle and behavior, as well as spirituality and belief. Our programming reflects all of these areas, offering something of interest to meet the needs of each of our members. We’re proud of our Temple’s tradition and heritage, as well as of our congregants’ commitments to occupying positions of leadership in both the Jewish and secular communities. We are also proud of our openness, flexibility and desire to welcome members into our family.

Ohef Sholom Temple takes to heart and practices the words that are etched in stone above our sanctuary doors:

“My House Shall Be Called A House Of Prayer For All Peoples.”