Beth Israel Synagogue (Roanoke, Virginia)

Beth Israel Synagogue (Hebrew: בית ישראל) is a Conservative synagogue located at 920 Franklin Road in Roanoke, Virginia, in the United States. The synagogue was founded in 1900, and as of 2009, it had a membership of approximately 160 families and individuals.[1]

Beth Israel
Hebrew: בית ישראל
The synagogue's Ionic portico façade, as seen off Franklin Road
AffiliationConservative Judaism
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusSynagogue
LeadershipRabbi Fabian Werbin
Location920 Franklin Road, Roanoke, Virginia
CountryUnited States
Beth Israel Synagogue (Roanoke, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Beth Israel Synagogue (Roanoke, Virginia)
Location in Virginia
Geographic coordinates37°15′53″N 79°56′45″W / 37.264755°N 79.945935°W / 37.264755; -79.945935
Architect(s)Frye and Stone
StyleClassical Revival
Date established1900 (as a congregation)

The 1925 building, designed by Frye and Stone, combines Classical Revival features in an unusual and rather severe design. A two-story Ionic portico, with an entablature, is engaged with and centered on the stepped gabled and parapeted façade. Doors and windows occupy each of the bays between the columns. A small Star of David occupies the gable.[2]

In 2007 the synagogue completed an expansion and renovation of its building, carefully planned so that the original facade, part of Roanoke's Old Southwest historic district, was unaltered.[3]

Rabbi Fabian Werbin commenced in 2008.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Synagogue website. Accessed November 3, 2009.
  2. ^ Carter Lee, Anne (2023). "Beth Israel Synagogue". SAH Archipedia. Society of Architectural Historians. Retrieved November 18, 2023.
  3. ^ Podger, Pamela J. "Beth Israel Synagogue: Returning in joy; The congregation of Beth Israel Synagogue celebrated the completion of a yearlong renovation", The Roanoke Times, August 27, 2007.

Further reading

  • Beth Israel Synagogue: 100th Anniversary 1902-2002. Roanoke, VA: Beth Israel Synagogue. 2001.