We explore the unique Jewish heritage of Washington as a hometown and as the nation’s capital.

Annual JAHM Lecture at National Archives

Annual JAHM Lecture at National Archives

Featuring Dr. Gary P. Zola, "We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, A Documentary History"

Archives Spotlight

Archives Spotlight

Mexican Pewter Salsa Bowl, 1950s

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Education

Education

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Beginning May 10, 2016, the archives will be closed as the staff prepares to move the collections to an off-site facility in advance of the upcoming move of the historic 1876 synagogue. Limited research service via telephone and email may be available but the object, archival, and photograph collections will be inaccessible through August, 2016. Learn more

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Calendar

Sunday, May 8, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Walking Tour: H Street, NE

Learn about the immigrant roots and Jewish history of this rapidly changing neighborhood.

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Walking Tour: Downtown D.C.

Learn what Jewish life and worship was like in the historic Seventh Street, NW, neighborhood from 1850 to 1950.

Monday, May 16, 2016, Noon-1:00 p.m.

The Blumenthals of the Upper-Lower Peninsula of Michigan

In partnership with the Library of Congress's Hebraic Section and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington

Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Annual Jewish American Heritage Month Lecture

Dr. Gary P. Zola discusses his book, We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History

Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Noon-1:00 p.m.

Insider’s Talk with Dr. Gary Zola

Dr. Zola will share insights about his work at the American Jewish Archives and the role of archives in preserving history.

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Highlights

Who are we?

Who are we?

Society's mission and history

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We're moving again!

We're moving again!

The 1876 historic synagogue is moving and we're building a new museum beside it.

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Jewish Food Experience

Jewish Food Experience

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