"As I've often said, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington is really a model of a Jewish historical society."
Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University, Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History

"Your boundless energy is undeniably contagious. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit today and making us all feel a part of the JHSGW family."

"The Jewish Historical Society is clearly a rich and wonderful organization performing critical work. We are nothing without knowledge of where we have been."
Arnold Podgorsky, President, Adas Israel Congregation

"I congratulate on you on doing such a terrific job…and keeping our Jewish community and identity, alive and vibrant, for us and for future generations."

"The Jewish Historical Society is a true treasure of this community, and you and your staff are always such wonderful advocates."
Rabbi Michael Safra, B'nai Israel Congregation

"Every interaction that our family has had with JHSGW has been incredibly enriching. Thank you for all that you and your team do to preserve and share Washington's Jewish history!"

"You all are doing so many great things and I'm excited to see the growth and outreach."

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"This past year, we were treated to a couple of the wonderful salons that you ran. In particular, we were really wowed by Anthony Cohen and his fascinating story."

Temple Beth Ami Programming Staff, Rockville, MD

"Many thanks for organizing such a wonderful and educational afternoon [at the Jewish Museum of Maryland]...I know there was a lot of preparation involved, but everything ran so smoothly...I enjoyed your slide show presentation and Marvin [Pinkert] was a terrific speaker."

"Excellent, engaging speaker and surprisingly interesting topic."

"Thank you so much for the well coordinated, organized and beautiful event. I am proud to be a part of JHSGW." 

Marlene Zakai

"The presentation [about the survivors of the St. Louis] was interesting and informative. The audience was a pleasure to be a part of."

"Monday's screening [of The Ritchie Boys] and panel discussion was a highly successful event. Congratulations on your vision and planning and execution."

"A thoughtful, interesting lecture. It was heartwarming to hear how important and successful Jewish women were in contributing to the benefit of the Jewish community and the local community at large."

"Hetty Berg gave a delightful and richly informative presentation, offering important insights into the relationship between the museum and the visitor."

"All of the elements were very high quality [in the Holocaust Remembrance program]—the talent of the two featured players, the subject matter, the length was just right, and the reception following was lovely."

"JHSGW never ceases to amaze me! Thank you for sharing the photos, the stories, and hand fans [at Israel@65]!

Shelley Rood, The Jewish Federations of North America

Kudos for arranging such a great program [in honor of the 139th anniversary of the synagogue]! It was obvious that a lot of work went into making it a perfect program, and it was!  And having the Mayor and Councilmembers there was especially fantastic!

Wilma Probst Levy

"The program more than met my expectations in all ways - content, atmosphere of the historic synagogue, friendliness and quality of lunch."

"I thought it was an excellent program...Rabbi Resnicoff was perfect speaker for the event..."

"[The We Will Never Die] program was one of the things that the Jewish Historical Society does best. Thank you to all the speakers for making this day a memorable one. If you missed it, come to the next program and prepare to be amazed."

"Very warm and engaging. I loved the festive decorations and lovely nibbles, too."

"A delightful, stimulating evening."

"Yesterday's speakers at the annual meeting were well, well worth hearing."

"Wendy and Samantha were very well organized. The program was thoughtful, informative and fun!"

"I was very impressed with the tremendous amount of research done on who Al Welsh, his family, his contributions to aviation and his place in the Jewish community. Laura's presentation [at the Centennial program] and the exhibit really made him come alive."

"It is not often that I hear a speaker where I walk away thinking this...I feel so fortunate that I got to hear Ambassador Schifter. That was truly a treat and an exceptional afternoon."

"A charming and professional program indicative of high pride and enthusiasm for a mission well supported and well staffed."

"Wonderful event. Very well orchestrated. Very informative"

"The program made for an evening we’ll never forget. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to produce another JHSGW signature partnership achievement."

“[There’s] an incredible team… Every event is well planned, thoughtful and meaningful.”

"Today was fantastic!  You did a superb job of keeping the students interested and listening to what you had to say [about Jewish sites in Arlington National Cemetery].  They understood right away - from the way you presented everything - that this was a special place which needed to be treated with respect... I can't thank you enough for...making this a very memorable and important trip for our students."

Adas Israel Education Staff, Washington, D.C.

"Thank you for making this program happen. We are very grateful that we chose to participate."

Barry Smith, Director of Education, Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Alexandria, VA

"The Congregation Beth El 7th Graders (and this dad) had a great time on our walking tour this past Sunday. Thanks so much!"

Adam Kuhn, parent, Congregation Beth El, Bethesda, MD

"Your discussion and acute understanding of the subject was incredibly insightful and certainly valuable for the students...the students were so overjoyed with the thorough analysis...you had to offer."

Aaron Bregman, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

"Thank you so much for leading us on a wonderful tour yesterday.  The students and I enjoyed the learning, the chance to see the historic sites and the neighborhood, and to get to know a bit more about you and Jewish Washington. I appreciate your enthusiasm and your warmth in welcoming us and teaching us."

Rabbi Peter W. Stein, Temple Sinai, Cranston, RI

“You and the two students led a great tour for our kids today.  I thought that the team approach worked really well, and our kids were engaged and came away with deepened knowledge about DC's Jewish history…  Thank you for the interesting experience for our students and we will be in touch about scheduling our trip for our next year's class within the next couple of months!”

Rabbi Laura Rappaport, Temple B'nai Shalom

"Thanks for putting together an excellent and useful program."

Mike Kurtzig, Teacher, Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Alexandria, VA

"Thank you so very much for the outstanding experience you presented to our 6th graders during their visit in April. The students were so appreciate of the knowledge they gained."

Rockwern Academy Faculty, Cincinnati, OH
Walking tour

Jewish Washington walking tour at the building that once housed Washington's first congregation

"Today's walking tour of Arlington Cemetery was among the best walking tours I've taken."

"Thanks for sharing your expertise and knowledge of the wonderful history [of Arlington National Cemetery]. Made me very proud of our Jewish American Heritage."

Marie Taubman, LTC, United States Army Reserve Retired, Army Nurse Corps

"Every single one of us from the Eastern Shore loved every single minute of the Arlington Cemetery tour.  On behalf of the Chestertown Havurah, I can’t thank you enough for your time and effort to make the tour more interesting than any of us could have imagined."

"Thank you for organizing the Arlington Cemetery Jewish Tour. Our guide/educator was excellent and articulate and the visit most informative. We go on a number of walking tours in and around Washington, and this one was unique and well presented."

Benita Lubic, President, Transeair Travel

"Thank you for an excellent, educational and fun tour of the Jewish history and personages buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Your knowledge and passion for the subject really shines through!!"

"[Tour guide was] extremely well prepared, interesting & factual."

"Rain and shine, all of us on yesterday's walking tour benefited enormously from your informative, engaging and well conceived remarks."

Jenna Weissman Joselit, Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

"Michael was excellent! He kept us together, we could hear him, he set a good pace, and what he said was greatly interesting. I wish we’d had more time so he could have told us more."

"One of your staffers...was most generous with her time as she opened the synagogue, explained some of its history, and the efforts made thus far to renovate and restore this treasure to its former state... [She] is clearly passionate about her work with the Jewish Historical Society, and I was most grateful for the opportunity to visit the historic synagogue."

Dr. Roy Fuller, Assistant Professor of Humanities, University of Louisville, KY

"Your enthusiasm and knowledge is awesome!  The audience of seniors was certainly attentive which means a lot. Thanks so much for making [this] meeting a success."

Advisor of Hadassah Group

"Thank you so much for coming to Beth Chai and speaking with our families and sixth graders about the fine work of JHSGW! What incredible stories of respect and preservation."

"You're always so well prepared with informed commentary, visual aids, and answers to the many questions from your audience. This was the best attended Agudas Achim Seniors' Get-Together we've ever had in 16 years of Get-Togethers!"

Mickey Lazarus and Sharyn Tureck, Seniors' Get-Together Coordinators
Anna Shulman - Living History Show

Actress Susan Holliday as Anna Shulman at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

"Marvelous evening last night-you really enthused folks and accomplished something which few folks rarely achieve.  People shushed and listened!  Our compliments on a job beautifully done."

Sisterhood Co-President, Shaare Tefila Congregation, Silver Spring, MD

"On behalf of the Mitzvah class and myself I thank you again for your delightful performance of Anna Shulman: The Queen of H Street. You were terrific!... Your performance was not only very enjoyable and interesting but very informative as well... You clearly held the students' interests by your performance and by allowing them to participate and be part of it. "

Kehila Chadasha Education Staff, Bethesda, MD

"Thanks so much for making [this living history show, Anna Shulman: Queen of H Street] available. The participants at the Northern Virginia JCC were totally captivated. [The actress] did a great job of recreating the life and flavor of Anna Shulman. I loved the way she involved the audience."

Rabbi Jonathan Perlman, former Associate Director, Philanthropic Giving, United Jewish Endowment Fund of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Bar Mitzvah invitation for Ben Stein

Invitation to Ben Stein's bar mitzvah, 1957

"My story on urban 'palimpsests' has just been posted on Preservation Magazine. Your help on the Pasternak store, the focus of the story, was invaluable. Many thanks."

Arnold Berke, Senior Contributing Editor, Preservation Magazine

"For many years, I had wanted to preserve the history of the family business and the JHS was the best choice I could have made."

"I never knew [this document] existed. You guys are awesome and a treasure for the community."

Judie Fien-Helfman, former Chief Planning Officer, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

"I'm delighted that I stuck [Ben Stein's bar mitzvah invitation] away in a box...and I'm thrilled that you've been able to use the invitation such a meaningful way [in exhibitions]."

"Thanks for the great opportunity to have my work housed and shared with the community by your wonderful archive."

"The background of the shoulder marks of Chester Nimitz was beautifully written together with the description of my father's store."

Object of the Month donor

“I don't remember having seen the Youth Aliyah card before, but it had profound resonance for me.  During the thirties and forties, [my mother] Denise literally criss-crossed the country speaking about Youth Aliyah…Thank you for stirring this sweet memory.”

Mendelle Tourover Woodley

"This is a nice idea...I check in every month to see the object of the month."

"This is a wonderful and informative feature of the JHS.  It is a quick read which is compatible with my busy schedule."