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

Programs & Tours: Programs

Laura Apelbaum headshotHonoring Executive Director Laura Apelbaum’s
20 Years of Service

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Program: Noon – 12:45 p.m., Lunch immediately following

Featuring Poet Davi Walders and
Dr. Jenna Weissman Joselit,
Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies,
The George Washington University

Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum, 701 Third Street, NW - Directions

Short walk to luncheon immediately following program
Fraternal Order of Police, 711 Fourth Street, NW

$50 couvert

Please consider an additional contribution to establish 
a Professional Development Fund in Laura's name.

RSVP by Thursday, July 17: online | | 202-789-0900

Kosher dietary laws observed – Space is limited

Voices of the Vigil

Voices of the Vigil logoSunday, September 7, 2014
2:00 p.m. - Program and performance
3:00 p.m. - Kosher reception in exhibition gallery

The Maryland premiere of the exhibition will feature a concert by Musician/Storyteller Robyn Helzner, whose underground performances in the Soviet Union inspired countless refuseniks.

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

Free and open to the public.
Program sponsors ($20 donation) receive VIP seating for two and an exhibition catalogue.

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.

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

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

Fee: $15 members; $20 non-members

Advance registration required: or (202) 789-0900.

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 $10 donation

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 Washingotn's history.

Start and end locations TBA

Fee: $15 members; $20 non-members

Advance registration required: 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