Events & Tours

Jewish American Heritage Month Lecture at National Archives

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7 p.m.
Jewish American Heritage Month Lecture at National Archives

This panel will feature former Glen Echo protesters and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ilana Trachtman, who will speak about her work-in-progress film, Ain’t No Back to a Merry-Go-Round. The 10-week protest at Glen Echo in 1960 was spearheaded by black students from Howard University, white neighbors (many of them Jewish) from Maryland’s Bannockburn community, and labor/civil rights leaders. 
In partnership with the National Archives.


Free and open to the public. Advanced registration requested.

H Street, NE Walking Tour

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
H Street, NE Walking Tour

More than 75 Jewish-owned businesses once lined H Street, NE. Learn about the immigrant roots and Jewish history of this rapidly changing neighborhood.

Open to particiants of all ages. Please note that some of the sidewalks are quite narrow. 

$15 JHS members | $20 non-members
Advanced registration required. 

Register online | 202-789-0900 |

Blacks & Jews Unity Poetry Slam

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 3:00- 5:00 p.m.

Come and hear the powerful words of local Jewish and Black teens as we join together as one community. Poems will focus on questions of identity, spirituality, and communal interconnectedness. Following the performances, there will be an artist-led conversation about identity and Black- Jewish relationships. A project by Artistic Director NJ Mitchell and John Wesley AME Zion.

At John Wesley AME Zion | 1615 14th Street, NW, DC
Free and open to the public. Registration not required.

Good Deeds Day 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 10 a.m. to Noon
Good Deeds Day 2018

At this family-friendly program, we’ll learn about ways to help asylum seekers currently receiving support from HIAS and pack baby kits for these families in the Washington area in need. We’ll also discuss the D.C. Jewish community’s tradition of social advocacy and assistance. In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, DC Minyan, HIAS, and the Edlavitch DCJCC.

ABOUT HIAS: HIAS is a global nonprofit that provides humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers. Guided by our Jewish values and history, we bring more than 130 years of expertise to our work with refugees. In greater Washington DC, HIAS provides legal representation to 150 asylum seekers and vulnerable immigrants. We work to ensure successful integration and emotional healing, providing holistic services to individuals fearful of returning to their countries.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please help us collect the following by making a financial contribution (indicate "Good Deeds Day" on designation line) or donating supplies. To arrange a donation pickup, please contact Ariella Slovin at Our most urgent needs are:

- Diapers
- Formula
- Baby Wipes
- Baby Soap and Shampoo
- Pacifiers
- Bulb Syringes

New or gently used
- Infant and children's clothing and jackets
- Toys for infants and toddlers (indoor and outdoor)
- Children's backpacks
- Children's books
- Larger items including infant and toddler strollers, cribs, and pack & plays

At Edlavitch DCJCC | 1529 16th Street, NW, DC
Free and open to the public. Advanced registration required online.