Capital Campaign Fact Sheet

The Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum will:

  • Engage audiences in the unique story of Jewish life in our nation’s capital
  • Empower visitors with its message that a small community can have an outsized impact
  • Encourage provocative conversations about the relevance of history to today’s critical issues
  • Inspire visitors to use their Jewish values as a lens to affect their everyday decision making
  • Reinvent museum interpretive techniques to connect and engage an intentionally multi-generational audience
  • Be an integral part of downtown’s Jewish learning campus
  • Connect diverse communities, sparking conversation, debate, and collaboration

By the Numbers:

  • 29,485 – square footage – including the new museum and 1876 synagogue
  • 20 Million – dollars needed to support the capital project
  • 2019 – Year the synagogue will move to its final home and construction will begin
  • 2021 – Year the museum will open
  • 700 – Current membership with plans to triple our numbers in our opening year
  • 90 – feet that the 1876 synagogue will roll down 3rd St to its final home at the corner of 3rd and F

The Facts:

  • The building will be designed by renowned SmithGroup Architects
  • A one-of-a-kind museum will be built to house the landmark historic 1876 Adas Israel synagogue
  • The museum will include 3 permanent and special exhibition galleries, a multipurpose auditorium/classroom, an interactive community lab, a collections archive room and office space
  • Construction will begin in spring 2019 and the museum will open in 2021
  • The project will cost $40M, of which we have about half in cash and commitments


To make a gift to the campaign, please contact Director of Development Michelle Malet at 202-290-2593 or