Photograph Collections

The Society's photograph collections include works from two local photographers as well as photo archives from local businesses and organizations. Highlights include:

Ida Jervis

Our collection of photojournalist Ida Jervis's work highlights Jewish community events between the mid-1960s and mid-1980s. These cover a wide range of subjects, including Soviet Jewry protests, victory celebrations following the Six-Day War, Israel’s 25th anniversary, Holocaust survivor events, and a variety of cultural events and performances on the National Mall and in local schools.

Protestors standing at the end of the Reflecting Pool during all-night vigil at the Lincoln Memorial to protest the treatment of Soviet Jews, 1971,

JHSGW Collections, Photograph by Ida Jervis. Gift of Ida Jervis.

Lloyd Wolf

Photographer Lloyd Wolf donated prints and electronic files documenting various aspects of the Jewish community of Washington, D.C from 1993 to 2012, including religious life, musicians, and DCJCC's annual Christmas Day volunteer program.

Agudas Achim Congregation’s Birkat HaChammah (Blessing of the Sun), 2009

JHSGW Collections, Photograph by Lloyd Wolf. Gift of Lloyd Wolf.

Jewish Community Relations Council (formerly Jewish Community Council)

These photographs depict demonstrations, delegate assemblies, workshops, and festivals in the 1970s and 1980s.

From right to left, Washington Bullets owner Abe Pollin, Samuel Sislen, and Norman Goldstein in front of the French embassy protesting the release of Black September terrorist Abu Daoud, 1977.

JHSGW Collections, Gift of Jewish Community Relations Council.