1876 Synagogue Tour

The office and historic synagogue will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30.

Take a guided tour of our historic synagogue building -- built in 1876. Sit in an original pew and hear what life was like for the 38 immigrant families who built the first synagogue in Washington, D.C. Learn about the physical changes to the building -- both inside and out -- and the move of the building that forever changed its future and secured its place in our nation's capital. No one could have guess it'd have to move again!

For a sneak peak, watch a video about the synagogue or peruse an illustrated history of the building.

Tour duration: About 30 minutes

Suggested donation: $3/person

Tours are given by advance reservation only -- Tuesday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Submit online request or email info@jhsgw.org at least one day in advance.
For a same-day tour, please call (202) 789-0900 to inquire about availability.

* Are you with a synagogue and other organized group of adults?
   Please use this form, call (202) 789-0900, or email info@jhsgw.org at least two weeks in advance. Maximum group size of 80 people. 

* Are you with a school or other group of students?
   Review our education opportunities

Directions to building