We explore the unique Jewish heritage of Washington as a hometown and as the nation’s capital.

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Education

We do classroom visits and walking tours!

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Curator's Catch

Curator's Catch

Our Curator shares an object from our collection each month.

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Museum Building Closed, Society Open

The Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum may be closed until the completion of our new museum, but the Jewish Historical Society is still open!

Learn more about our plans for the future here, or about our walking tours and other programming during this transition here. Call (202) 789-0900 or email info@jhsgw.org for more information.

Calendar

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.

An Afternoon on H Street

Join us for an afternoon of activities on H Street, NE -- a neighborhood rich in Jewish history and culture. Start with a walking tour exploring the immigrant roots and Jewish history of this rapidly changing neighborhood, and then stick around for a performance and post-show discussion of The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith by the Mosaic Theater Company at the historic Atlas Performing Arts Center. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Screening of Zuzana: Music is Life

The triumphant story told by Zuzana Ruzickova, 90, and how she became a world-famous harpsichordist and interpreter of Bach in Czechoslovakia, despite three years in concentration camps and forty years of communist persecution.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Benefactor-Heritage Luncheon with Philip Hirschkop

Civil rights lawyer Philip Hirschkop, best known for Loving vs. Virginia, speaks at this year's luncheon.

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

57th JHS Annual Meeting

Save the date!

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Guardian-Benefactor Luncheon with Director Lonnie Bunch

Lonnie Bunch of the National Museum of African American History and Culture talks about building a new museum.

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Who are we?

Who are we?

Society's mission and history

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Jewish Food Experience

Jewish Food Experience

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