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

Open to members at the $1,000 level and above, limited seating at the $500 level.
For more information or to increase your membership gift, 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.

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

Screening of Zuzana: Music is Life

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

2017 Washington Jewish Film Festival Audience Award Winner for Best Documentary!

The triumphant story told by Zuzana Ruzickova, 90, and how she became a world-famous harpsichordist and interpreter of Bach in Czechoslovakia, despite three years in concentration camps and forty years of communist persecution. Zuzana’s story is remarkable not just because she fulfilled her childhood dream of a career in music; but also in how she navigated a lifetime of political and anti-Semitic persecution, never letting go of her belief that Bach’s music transcended human suffering. Performing in hundreds of concerts and competitions around the world, Zuzana Ruzickova became a tour-de-force, and a source of foreign currency for the regime at home. She is the only person to have recorded Bach’s entire keyboard works, which were released in November 2016 by Warner Music. Zuzana Ruzickova’s story transcends the personal, in a deeply affecting look at the redemptive power of art during Europe’s turbulent 20th century.

Screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers Harriet Gordon Getzels and Peter Getzels, and producers Frank Vogl and Emily Vogl.

At Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th Street NW, Washington, DC -- Directions

Purchase $13.50 tickets online

Co-presented by Embassy of the Czech Republic and Capriccio Baroque as part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival Year-Round 

An Afternoon on H Street

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of activities on H Street, NE -- a neighborhood rich in Jewish history and culture. Start with a walking tour exploring the immigrant roots and Jewish history of this rapidly changing neighborhood. After that, stick around for a performance and post-show discussion of The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith by the Mosaic Theater Company at the historic Atlas Performing Arts Center. 

1:00 p.m. Jewish H Street, NE Walking Tour (Meet outside CVS, 645 H Street, NE) -- Directions
3:00 p.m. Performance of The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith (At Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, NE) -- Directions
5:00 p.m. Post-show discussion, “Musical Transitions Part III: From Bessie to Empress of the Blues” with Professor Michelle Scott, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director, Mosaic Theater

Advanced registration required by September 1, 2017. 
Register online | | 202-789-0900

**Special discouted rate for JHS members and friends! Performance tickets alone normally $65.
$65 per person (includes tour, performance, and post-show discussion)
$50 per person (includes performance and post-show discussion)
$15 per person (includes tour only)

In partnership with the Mosaic Theater Company