Kehillat Bet Hamidrash/Kempsville Conservative Synagogue to host Art Auction

by | Jul 26, 2021 | What’s Happening

Originally published in the April 12, 2021 issue. 

Sunday, May 2, 7 pm

Tired of looking at the same walls during this time at home? See an empty spot just calling out for a new piece of art? KBH has the solution!

Kehillat Bet Hamidrash (KBH)—the Kempsville Conservative Synagogue—will hosts its 20th fundraising art auction—the first one online. This unique experience will feature early previews and the ability to set an automatic maximum bid for any desired works, days before the live auction begins.

Presented by the returning Marlin Art of Deer Park, N.Y., this year’s virtual event raises funds for KBH’s programs, ritual observances, building maintenance, and outreach efforts. Marlin Art offers a wide assortment of fine art, and sports and entertainment memorabilia. It has sold works for more than 45 years for charitable organizations. The company owns its expansive and diverse offerings which include an extraordinary range of artists, styles, and media. Auctioneer Rick Brandwein will offer framed works by Peter Max, Ansel Adams, Avi Ben-Simhon, Alex Galachansky & Tina Wissotsky, Slava Ilyayev and Romaro Britto—as well as some artists new to the KBH program.

The auction features works for all budgets. Early registration opens April 19, at 9 am, with registration, preview, and pre-bid/max bid beginning on April 29, at 9 am. Registration is required to preview artwork and receive a bid number. The opening bid, with a full description of each piece, will be displayed. Marlin Art will ship all pieces, framed and ready to hang, to buyers’ homes within the Continental United States. Visit for additional information.

This is a national program, so “feel free to share this information with friends and relatives.”

Located at 952 Indian Lakes Boulevard in Virginia Beach, KBH is celebrating 42 years as a congregation. The family-oriented synagogue offers a full range of religious and educational programming. It now hosts its 10 am Shabbat services on Zoom, but will open the building when conditions permit. For more information about the auction or synagogue, email