Events & Tours

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

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