Back to the City
A growing number of Jewish Washingtonians are returning to live and work in the city, participants in the revival of historic neighborhoods.
1997: District residents formed a new downtown Jewish Community Center in the late 1970s, nearly a decade after the original had relocated to Rockville. They met in rented sites until purchasing the original JCC building at 16th and Q Streets, NW. After a major restoration, the Washington DC JCC officially opened in 1997.
2002: Hillel International moved its headquarters into a new building on the corner of 8th and H Streets, NW. Located in the heart of one of Washington’s historic Jewish neighborhoods, Hillel stands adjacent to the former Washington Hebrew building.
Courtesy of Hillel International
2004: Built by Adas Israel Congregation in 1908, this building was the home of Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church from 1951 until 2002. When the church moved to Hyattsville, three Jewish developers – Abe Pollin, Douglas Jemal, and Shelton Zuckerman – purchased the building and oversaw its restoration. Hundreds who had worshipped here for nearly a century – Jews and Christians alike – returned for the dedication of the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.
Courtesy of Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.
2004: Local developers are building hundreds of residences in revitalized downtown neighborhoods. JBG Companies, headed by Benjamin Jacobs, Donald Brown, and Joseph Gildenhorn, built Sovereign Square apartment building at 5th and Massachusetts Avenue, NW, in 2004.
Courtesy of The JBG Companies.
2000: New shops and restaurants have opened in these late 19th-century buildings along Seventh Street, NW, across from the Verizon Center. Rudolph Behrend, who would become a Jewish civic leader and businessman, was born at 706 Seventh Street, NW, in 1877. The building is now home to Legal Sea Foods.
Courtesy of GTM Architects. Copyright Kenneth M. Wyner Photography.