Honors and Awards

American Association for State and Local History
Leadership in History Award of Merit

Since 1945, this award has been presented for excellence in history programs, projects, and people when compared with similar activities nationwide.

2013 - Voices of the Vigil Exhibition

2006 - Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community Exhibition

American Association of Museums
Publication Design Competition

The only national, juried competition of its kind, this competition has encouraged and acknowledged excellence in the graphic design of museum publications for more than 25 years. The judges include graphic designers, museum professionals and publishers.

2007 - Educational Resource (1st place)

Designed by Addison Hall, the Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community Activity Guide helps elementary school students and their families navigate through our exhibition, Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community.

2003 - Invitation (honorable mention)

Designed by Jeanne Krohn, the invitation reproduces a 1910 Rosh Hashanah postcard from the Society's archives. The innovative invitation design allowed invitees to detach the postcard from the invitation and mail it - replicating the turn-of-the century practice of sending postcard greetings during holidays. This design allowed the Society to use the invite to inform and educate our members about cultural traditions.

Competitive Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities

  • 2014 - Interpretive planning for a core exhibition in our new museum 
  • 2010 - Purchase archival supplies and shelving to complete the rehousing of two major collections, a storage cabinet to house the growing collection of ritual and historical objects, and a datalogger to provide environmental monitoring of the collections storage area
  • 2005 - Plan an innovative and engaging long-term interpretive installation in 1876 synagogue
  • 2004 - Purchase archival supplies and shelving to house the Rabbi Tzvi Porath archives, a major collection documenting the first Jewish congregation in Montgomery County, Maryland, as well as shelving and supplies to properly store framed materials and house institutional archives
  • 2001 - Consultation with scholars and interpretive specialists for the first phase in creating a comprehensive interpretive plan for the 1876 synagogue
  • 2001 - Re-house all oversize material in our manuscript and photograph collections by purchasing archival supplies and three flat file cabinets to house these collections

National Trust for Historic Preservation

  • 2014 - Conduct a feasibility study for a Capital Campaign to build a new museum with the 1876 synagogue as its centerpiece
  • 2013 - Undergo a historic paint analysis of the interior of the historic synagogue
  • 2012 - Produce a Historic Furnishings Report to explore the origins and history of the 1876 synagogue's furnishings 
  • 2010 - Create plans for a continued maintenance and restoration projects related to the 1876 synagogue
  • 2006 - Architectural study to find the most cost effective and architecturally appropriate design for the restoration, renovation and infill of the 1876 synagogue site
  • 2002 - Conduct a capital campaign feasibility study to assess potential to raise the funds needed to restore/rehabilitate the 1876 synagogue and create additional space to house administrative offices and programs outside the confines of the historic structure
  • 1999 - Produce Historic Structures Report to learn more about the architectural and historical background and social history of the synagogue

Humanities Council of Washington, DC