Beth Ahabah Synagogue Peace Window (VA)

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Beth Ahabah Synagogue Peace Window (VA)

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Information

Title

Beth Ahabah Synagogue Peace Window (VA)

Creator

Binswanger Glass Company

Date

dedicated 1921

Description

A stained glass window fusing American and Jewish values and iconography that commemorates the peace following World War I. The upper register depicts crossed American flags. The central register features a Star of David above the Ten Commandments (in Hebrew) and, at the sides, the columns from King Solomon's Temple. In the lower register, identical shields of the United States flank a panel with a popular inscription about peace from the Old Testament (Isaiah).

The Beth Ahabah synagogue building has ten large stained glass windows, 5 on the east side and 5 on the west. The Peace Window is in the center of the 5 on the west side of the sanctuary. The minutes of the Beth Ahabah's Board of Managers meetings from 1919-1921 indicate that congregant Mr. Harry S. Binswanger, the president of the glass company Binswanger & Company, presented a design to the Board of Managers that was approved on May 9, 1920. The window was installed in 1921, and was donated to the congregation by Mr. Binswanger.

The inscription in the lower register reads:

“NATION SHALL NOT LIFT UP SWORD AGAINST NATION, AND THEY SHALL NOT LEARN ANY MORE WAR” ISAIAH 11-4

“THE EFFECT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS PEACE”

A dedicatory inscription on the bottom of the window reads:

COMMEMORATIVE OF PEACE RESULTING FROM THE WORLD WAR
DONATED BY H.S. BINSWANGER

Location

1111 W Franklin St
Richmond, Virginia

Contributing Institution

Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives