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B'nai Abraham Synagogue (B'nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center)
Women in the congregation created a group called the B'nai Abraham Ladies' Society in 1908 in order to raise funds for the new synagogue, which was finished a year later. It was the only synagogue in Minnesota that was built; the others were converted from churches. Notable features included the thirteen stained glass windows its red-brick facade.
The latter half of the 1900s saw a gradual decline in membership. By the mid-1990s the synagogue was forced to close. In 2004, the organization Friends of the B'nai Abraham was formed to gather funds to restore the synagogue, which is still ongoing. It reopened in 2008 as a museum and cultural center. The Friends and the Virginia Area Historical Society manage the center together.
SourcesGoetz, Kathryn R. "B'nai Abraham Synagogue, Virginia." MNopedia. January 24, 2014. http://www.mnopedia.org/structure/bnai-abraham-synagogue-virginia.
Skrief, Charles. "B'nai Abraham Synagogue," National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. August 18, 1980. http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/nrhp/text/80004356.PDF.
Virginia, MN 55792
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