In 1998, photography enthusiast Jeremy Goldberg (1941-2002) had recently retired from the federal government. He set out to follow the paths of Washington’s Jewish community. Bicycling the streets of the nation’s capital, he photographed the original and current sites of synagogues and other Jewish communal buildings.
This exhibit takes its lead from Goldberg’s photographs. It traces Washington’s Jewish community from a tight cluster of late nineteenth-century synagogues downtown to new neighborhoods uptown and into the suburbs.
Goldberg’s photographs, supplemented with vintage images, bring to life the continuing story of Jews in metropolitan Washington as embodied in the buildings they created.
The photographs are a fitting memorial to a photographer and a lifelong Washingtonian who, through his lens, lovingly captured the story of a community.