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

Programs & Tours: Programs


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: online | | (202) 789-0900

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

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

Pulitzer-Prize winner Geraldine Brooks, author of People of the Book, will introduce a multimedia concert based on the story of the Sarajevo 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:
online | | (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

Driving Miss Daisy graphicDriving Miss Daisy at Ford's Theatre

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

The Society is offering a limited number of deeply discounted tickets for this Pulitzer Prize-winning play featuring acclaimed Washington-stage actors Nancy Robinette and Craig Wallace.

After performance: Rabbi Michael Safra, Atlanta native, shares history of changing Southern mores.

$45 premium orchestra seats. Limited seats available. Non-refundable.
Purchase by October 6 online or call (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

Fiddler on the Roof graphicFiddler on the Roof at Arena Stage

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof with special discounted tickets for Society members and guests.

After performance: Scholar Miriam Isaacs will speak on the literary antecedents to the show based on Sholom Aleichem's "Tevye" short stories. Dr. Isaacs taught Yiddish at the University of Maryland for more than 15 years.

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$68 premium seats. Limited seats available. Non-refundable.
Purchase by November 10 online or call (202) 789-0900.

Past Program Calendars (PDFs) Programs

Winter/Spring 2014 - 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