About the Exhibition

Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln's City is a project of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington.

Originally mounted as part of the nation's celebration of the 2009 bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln's birth, the exhibition has traveled throughout the Washington area: 

  • John A. Wilson Building (Washington, D.C. City Hall)
  • Washington Hebrew Congregation (Washington, D.C.)
  • Tifereth Israel Congregation (Washington, D.C.)
  • Beth El Hebrew Congregation (Alexandria, VA)
  • Gesher Jewish Day School (Fairfax, VA)
  • Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (Fairfax, VA)
  • B'nai Israel Congregation (Rockville, MD)

The Society published a companion book, titled Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln's City.

This website was officially launched December 17, 2012--the 150th anniversary of General Ulysses S. Grant's infamous General Orders No. 11. This order expelled Jews from the areas under Grant's control. Possibly as an act of contrition, Grant attended the three-hour dedication of Washington's Adas Israel synagogue (today the Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum) in 1876--the first time a sitting U.S. president attended a synagogue service.