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

Start 2018 right!

Start 2018 right!

Help us support our activities for the coming year!

Education

Education

We do classroom visits and walking tours!

Learn more
Curator's Catch

Curator's Catch

Our Curator shares an object from our collection each month.

Learn more
Add to the Archives

Add to the Archives

Your contributions to the collections help preserve the Jewish community's history

More details

Support Us

Your gift allows us to engage and inspire adults and children through our public programs and educational initiatives and to preserve the community's history. Make a secure gift online or learn how to make a donation to the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington.

Museum Building Closed, Society Open

The historic 1876 synagogue is temporarily closed as we create 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.

Please note that our offices are closed on the following days this spring:

Memorial Day
Monday, May 28

Calendar

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 10 a.m. to Noon

Good Deeds Day 2018

At this family-friendly program in conjunction with Good Deeds Day, we’ll learn about ways to help asylum seekers and pack baby kits for these families in the Washington area in need. 

May 2 - 13, 2018

JHSGW at the Washington Jewish Film Festival

The Jewish Historical Society is pleased to be co-presenting three films as part of the 28th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival.  

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

H Street, NE Walking Tour

More than 75 Jewish-owned businesses once lined H Street, NE. Learn about the immigrant roots and Jewish history of this rapidly changing neighborhood.

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7 p.m.

Before the Freedom Riders: The Fight to Integrate Glen Echo Amusement Park

The Unlikely Alliance to Integrate Glen Echo Amusement Park: A panel discussion with filmmaker Ilana Trachtman and former protesters

View all events

Highlights

Who are we?

Who are we?

Society's mission and history

More

Check out our online shop

Check out our online shop

Books, DVDs, and other gifts!

More

Support us by shopping at Amazon

Support us by shopping at Amazon

Shop through this link (bookmark it!) and Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price!

More

Jewish Food Experience

Jewish Food Experience

Read more from us on this website by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

More