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Virginia, Minnesota - St. Louis County

The History of Jewish Life on the Minnesota Iron Range
 

The B'nai Abraham Synagogue in Virginia Minnesota is a story of loss and reuse. Built in 1909-10, it was the last remaining active synagogue on the Iron Range until its congregation dwindled to a handful of members who could no longer maintain the handsome brick structure. It closed its doors in the mid-1990s. It was acquired in 2004 by a not-for-profit organization,The Friends of B'nai Abraham, who raised funds, and continue to do so, for the building's restoration and reuse in order to serve as a Museum and Cultural Center for all the citizens of Virginia, Minnesota and surrounding areas, and to preserve the history of its Jewish community, of which it was so much a part. Together with our partner, The Virginia Area Historical Society (VAHS), we look forward to seeing this lovely building used for many cultural and educational programs for the community.

B'nai Abraham Synagogue - 1920s

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B'nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center
Pre-restoration - 2007 (left)

Restoration Underway- 2012 (right)

B'nai Abraham

328 5th Street South

(5th St. S & S 4th Ave.)

Virginia, Minnesota 55792'

For tour hours or to arrange a visit contact our Partner
The Virginia Area Historical Society
P. O. Box 736
800 9th Avenue North
Virginia, Minnesota 55792
218-741-1136 

Tour historic Jewish Virginia and learn more about about its history.

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