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Our History

In early 1986, a small group of families had the vision to start a new conservative synagogue in Richmond.  Through their dedicated efforts, our egalitarian, participatory congregation was created and continues to thrive.
Congregation Or Atid fosters Jewish identity, values, and spirituality, and promotes the observance of Jewish traditions within a comfortable and caring environment. 
The hallmark of our congregation is our sense of community.  Children are involved in all aspects of synagogue life, interfaith families are welcomed and included, and congregants of all ages enjoy spending time together praying, learning, relaxing, socializing, and contributing to the greater community. 


Our Beautiful Facility

Our name in Hebrew means “light of the future.” The interplay between natural light and spirituality was the inspiration for nationally renowned architect, Jay Brown of Levin-Brown, as he designed our new facility in 2011.  Anchored by our handcrafted Ark with its distinctive lead glass doors, our sanctuary opens to an airy patio via a unique folding glass wall.  Our worship space, The Kornblau Sanctuary, will inspire you, calm you, and provide you with a warm and welcoming spiritual home.​
​​Our state of the art, WiFi-enabled modern facility houses our contemporary sanctuary, administrative offices, and Helen and Sam Kornblau Religious School. 
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