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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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The office and historic synagogue will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30.

As of May 10, 2016, the archives is 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

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 P. Zola

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

Thursday, June 9, 2016, Noon

Inaugural Evelyn Greenberg Preservation Awards

Recognize those who have helped preserve a significant resource related to Jewish heritage in the Washington, D.C. region. 

Friday, September 23, 2016, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Benefactor-Legacy Luncheon

Ellen Kassoff Gray will share stories and dishes from the book she co-authored with husband Chef Todd Gray

Sunday, October 30, 2016, 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Guardian-Benefactor Luncheon

Joan Nathan will speak about Washington's changing Jewish food scene

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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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