Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington | Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum

Programs & Tours: Programs

Voices of the Vigil

Voices of the Vigil logoSunday, September 7, 2014
2:00 p.m. - Program and performance
3:00 p.m. - Ribbon-cutting and kosher reception

The Maryland premiere of the exhibition will feature remarks by Ambassador Richard Schifter and a multimedia concert by musician Robyn Helzner, whose underground performances in the Soviet Union inspired countless Jews and refuseniks.

JHSGW members/donors of $100+ and exhibition funders receive a complimentary exhibition catalog.

Exhibition on view September 1 - October 19, 2014.

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD - Directions

RSVP by September 3: online | | 202-789-0900

Bus Trip to National Museum of American Jewish History

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Exhibition logTake a day trip with us to see the exhibition Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, chat with exhibition curator Josh Perelman, and explore other treasures at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Bus ride will include snacks, baseball trivia, and give-a-ways! Upon registration, you will receive a boxed lunch menu to make your selection in advance.

Bus will pick up and drop off near the Tenleytown Metro (east side). Paid parking in the Whole Foods garage or street parking on 40th and Albemarle Streets, NW.

Fee: $118 per person includes transportation, museum admission, and lunch

Advance registration required: online| | 202-789-0900

Old Town walking tourWALKING TOUR
Jewish Old Town Alexandria

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Learn Old Town Alexandria's long and storied Jewish history, from the 1850s to today. Includes the sites of two former synagogues and several Jewish businesses along King Street--including some that show traces of past Jewish owners.

Start: The Lyceum
201 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA
Directions - Street and garage parking available

End: Agudas Achim Congregation's
former home, 508 Wolfe Street, Alexandria, VA

Fee: $15 members; $20 non-members

Advance registration required: online | | (202) 789-0900

Union Terminal Market

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Dekelbaum sign at Union Terminal MarketMarket-insider Paul Pascal will give decades of market history, highlight former sites of Jewish-owned businesses, and give a taste of how the market has evolved.

Meet at Fourth and Morse Streets, NE
Free parking on the street or in Union Market parking lot.
Metro: NoMA-Gallaudet University (red line)

Fee: $15/JHSGW members; $20/nonmembers

Advance registration required: online | | (202) 789-0900

Jewish Food Experience logo

Cosponsored by the Jewish Food Experience


We are pleased to partner with the Washington DC JCC's
Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival
on these special programs.

A Tale of Two Books: The Sarajevo Haggadah and the Washington Haggadah

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, Noon

Dr. Peggy Pearlstein, former Head of the Library of Congress's Hebraic Section and past JHSGW president, will investigate the books in the context of illuminated manuscripts, and how they interplay with Geraldine Brooks's novel, People of the Book. Light refreshments provided.

Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum
Third & G Streets, NW - Directions

Suggestion donation: $10
Advance registration requested: or (202) 789-0900

The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book
Opening Night of the Literary Festival

Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the BookPulitzer-Prize winner Geraldine Brooks, author of People of the Book, will introduce a multimedia concert based on the story of the Sarajeco Haggadah:

Bosnian-born composer and accordionist Merima Ključo, pianist Seth Knopp, and video artist Bart Woodstrup trace the treasured manuscript's phenomenal journey.

Brooks and Ključo will give a post-concert discussion.

Washington DC JCC, 1529 16th Street, NW - Directions & parking

Fee: $20 JHSGW members / $25 public. Purchase online.

Ohev Sholom, 1906
5th & I Street, NW, 1906
Chinese Community Church, 2009
5th & I Street, NW, 2010
From Synagogue to Church to Condo:
D.C.'s Urban Evolution

Monday, October 6, 2014, Noon

Take a glimpse at 150 years of downtown D.C.'s ethnic history with Professors Jenna Weissman Joselit and Suleiman Osman of The George Washington University as they explore the history of five former synagogues in the Penn Quarter and Mount Vernon Square neighborhoods, and the various communities that repurposed these buildings as synagogues, churches, social-welfare organizations, businesses, and private homes.

Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum
Third & G Streets, NW - Directions

Suggested donation: $10

Advance registration requested: or (202) 789-0900

Funded in part by the D.C. Community Heritage Project, a joint effort of the D.C. Humanities Council and D.C. Historic Preservation Office.

Downtown Synagogues and D.C.'s Urban Evolution

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

This new neighborhood tour focuses on the variegated ethnic history of downtown D.C. seen through the perspective of five former synagogues. Each tells a story about the different ethnic and religious communities that have shaped Washington's history.

Start: Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum, Third & G Streets, NW - Directions

End: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Sixth & I Streets, NW

Fee: $15 members; $20 non-members

Advance registration required: online | | (202) 789-0900

Making a Difference:
A Washingtonian's Story of Journalism, Feminism, and Social Change

Sunday, October 26, 2014, Noon
Ritz-Carlton West End

It was the late 1960s, and sexual discrimination and sterotyping permeated Newsweek's office. Lynne Povich was one of the ringleaders of a group of 46 women who filed a gender-based employment discrmination complaint against Newsweek. Lynn later become the magazine's first female senior editor.

At the luncheon, Lynne will talk about her journalism career and Washington roots as the daughte of famed Washington Post columnist Shirley Povich.

Open to members and donors at the $1,000 level and above
with limited seating at the $500 level.

To register or upgrade your membership, contact Samantha Bass at or 202-789-0900

Past Program Calendars (PDFs) Programs

Fall 2013 - Summer 2013 - Spring 2013 - Fall 2012 - Spring 2012 - Fall 2011
May 2011 - Spring 2011 - Fall 2010 - Spring 2010 - May 2009 - Fall/Winter 2008
Summer 2008 - May 2008 - Spring 2008 - Fall/Winter 2007 - Spring 2007
Fall/Winter 2006 - Spring 2006 - Winter 2005-06