Events & Tours

Guardian-Benefactor Luncheon with Director Lonnie Bunch

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Talk-of-the-town Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, will speak about the joys and challenges his team faced on the journey to build their new museum. We look forward to learning from Director Bunch as we embark on an adventure of our own to create a new Jewish museum in Washington!

Kimpton Hotel Monaco
700 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C. -- Directions

A special event in honor of our Guardian-Benefactor members.

For more information, contact Samantha Abramson at or 202-789-0900

57th JHS Annual Meeting

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Save the date for our Annual Meeting!

More details coming soon.

The Rosenwald Fund 100th Anniversary Celebration

Monday, October 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Filmmaker and Director Aviva Kempner presents the D.C. premiere of her brand new 2-disc DVD package of Rosenwald, containing 39 new bonus features. The film, released in 2015, explores the visionary Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald.

This evening's program will feature clips from the new DVD features, interspersed with panel discussions on topics ranging from the lynching of Leo Frank in Atlanta to the DC-oriented histories of two Rosenwald Fund grantees: the innovative Dr. Charles Drew and provocative poet Langston Hughes.

Panelists include author Stephanie Deutsch; Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat; civil rights lawyer Leslie Harris; daughter of Dr. Charles Drew, Charlene Drew Jarvis; author Gary Krist; activist poet Ethelbert Miller; Chicago Tribune Columnist Clarence Page; Rabbi David Saperstein; NAACP Washington Bureau Director, Hilary Shelton; and Julius Rosenwald's great grandson, David Stern.

At Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. -- Directions

Purchase $13.50 tickets online


Co-presented with Women in Film and Video and Generation After as part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival Year-Round

Benefactor-Heritage Luncheon with Philip Hirschkop

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Hear from Philip Hirschkop, one of the two Jewish lawyers who represented the Loving family in Loving vs. Virginia, the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case which struck down the state’s ban on interracial marriage.

The Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. -- Directions


Open to members at the $2,500 level and above.
For more information or to increase your membership gift, contact Samantha Abramson at or 202-789-0900

Montgomery Modern Bus Tour

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 1-3:30 p.m.

This tour -- led by preservation planner, author, and architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly -- will explore the Montgomery County work of Cohen, Haft & Associates, a leading modernist architecture firm in the Washington, DC area, distinguished for designs integrated with their natural settings, including Sumner Village, Whitehall Apartments, B’nai Israel Congregation, and Paint Branch Unitarian Church. Founded in 1958 by architects Jack Cohen and Leonard Haft–and later known as Cohen and Haft, Holtz, Kerxton, Karabekir & Associates –the award-winning firm designed more than 200,000 housing units within the region during an 18-year period.

On the tour itinerary are the contemporary houses of The Hilltop (1967) on Seven Locks Road and Potowmack Preserve (1970) in Potomac, MD; as well as Rockville’s Charles E Smith Community Service Center campus (1969), which includes the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Jewish Social Services Agency and Hebrew Home for the Aged. The tour will conclude with a reception. 

Bus pickup and drop-off at the Bender Jewish Community Center | 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD -- Directions

$50 per person.
Advanced registration required online

A program of AIA Potomac Valley, Docomomo-US National Tour Day, and the  Montgomery County Planning Department in partnership with the Bender JCC of Greater Washington.