Speakers Bureau

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington is happy to provide a speaker for your next service or community gathering. Email or call (202) 789-0900 for additional information.

Shabbat Services -- Laura Cohen Apelbaum, Executive Director
Member Congregation: $200 honorarium | Non-Member Congregation: $250 honorarium

Adult Groups (Hadassah, Men’s Club, etc.) -- Society staff and expert volunteers
Group of less than 25 people: $72 honorarium | Group of more than 25: $100 honorarium


Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community

Every Jewish community has a story to tell. Explore the rich, and unique history and heritage of the Washington-area Jewish community from 1795 to the present.

Jewish Life in Washington and Alexandria during the Civil War

One of the most important events in our nation's history, the Civil War forever altered American life. Hear stories of Jewish life in Washington and across the river in Alexandria, sites of intense activity during the war.

Voices of the Vigil: D.C.'s Soviet Jewry Movement

For more than 20 years, Washington-area Jews worked tirelessly to help Soviet Jews secure their human rights—most notably through a 1970-1991 daily vigil at the Soviet Embassy and protests and rallies on the National Mall. Learn about these activities and the impact they had.

Candlesticks, Charm Bracelets & Protest Signs

Through artifacts in the Society’s collections, hear how Jewish women have expanded and challenged traditional roles through activism for national and international social and political issues.

America's First Jewish Aviator

Arthur Welsh was a true American original—a Jewish immigrant who became a nationally known Washingtonian and held a singular place in American history. Learn how, as the first Jewish aviator in the United States, Welsh worked with the Wright brothers to test the early limits of flight.

Preserving Your Family Heirlooms

A sneak peek into some of the preservation issues facing the Society’s archives and tips on how people can preserve their own treasures for future generations