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.
57th JHS Annual Meeting

New JHS Executive Director Kara Blond will share her vision for our future museum and updates on the project. The meeting will also include the election of incoming board members, silent auction, and reception.

At B'nai Israel Congregation | 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Free and open to the public. Advanced registration requested online | | 202-789-0900 

*To defray expenses associated with this event, there is a suggested $20 per person donation.
**Premium reserved seating available at the Program Sponsor ($50) & Underwriter ($100) levels.

Walking Tour: Jewish Sites at Arlington National Cemetery

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Walking Tour: Jewish Sites at Arlington National Cemetery

In honor of Veterans Day, tour the cemetery and learn about the Jewish soldiers, politicians, and astronauts commemorated here. Witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and explore sites related to Jewish and military history,  including the Confederate Memorial by Sir Moses Ezekiel. Includes 2 miles of walking, some uphill. 

Start: Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center, Info Desk

$15 JHS Members and Veterans | $20 Non-members

Register online | | 202-789-0900

In partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish Military History and Jewish War Veterans of the USA

ROUTES: A Day of Learning

Sunday, November 5, 201, 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
ROUTES: A Day of Learning

Join us at George Mason University for a day devoted to Jewish learning, with thought-provoking sessions designed to nourish your spiritual growth and stimulate your intellectual journey. JHS is honored to present a session at ROUTES.

Session 1: 9:30 a.m. - 10: 45 a.m.
Creating a Jewish Museum in Washington
Presenters: Executive Director Kara Blond and Program Manager Samantha Abramson

Washington is about to get its own Jewish museum, and it’s about time! Planning is underway for the Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum in a new building adjacent to the Capitol Crossing Project near Judiciary Square. The Museum will incorporate the historic 1876 synagogue, the region's first and oldest purpose-built synagogue building. In addition to a new core exhibition exploring Washington’s local and national Jewish heritage, the museum will boast several program spaces, temporary exhibition space and a family gallery. Join Executive Director Kara Blond and Program Manager Samantha Abramson for a preview of the project and a discussion about how museums like this one can serve as agents of memory and change. Hear how museums worldwide are fostering dialogue through storytelling, exploration of identity, community-building and social action. Kara will also explore the dual challenge of culture-specific museums to celebrate and honor the past while charting a future that places themselves as a node within the ever-expanding community of interfaith and multi-generational Jewish Washingtonians. 

At George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Click here to learn about additional sessions and to register.

This community-wide event is a project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington in partnership with George Mason University Hillel.

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