Online Exhibitions

Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community

This award-winning exhibition explores the rich and unique history of the Washington-area Jewish community from 1795 to today through historical photographs, oral histories, community scrapbooks, and rare archival materials.

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Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln’s City

One of the most important events in our nation's history, the Civil War forever altered American life. Washington and Alexandria were sites of intense activity. Mounted as part of national celebrations of Lincoln's bicentennial in 2009, this original exhibition tells stories of Jewish life in Civil-War Washington and across the river in Alexandria.

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Voices of the Vigil: D.C.‘s Soviet Jewry Movement

For more than 20 years, Washington-area Jews worked tirelessly to help Soviet Jews secure their human rights—most notably through a 1970-1991 daily vigil at the Soviet Embassy and protests and rallies on the National Mall.

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Half a Day on Sunday: Jewish-Owned “Mom and Pop” Grocery Stores

With a searchable database including more than 700 Jewish-owned grocery stores in the Washington, D.C., this popular exhibition gives insight into the social history of Jewish-owned grocery stores in the nation’s capital.

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Through the Lens: Jeremy Goldberg’s Washington

Using an interactive map and photographs, this exhibition charts the growth and change in Washington's Jewish community through its buildings. Jerry Goldberg's photographs are exhibited with historic photographs of sites of more than 20 congregations and community organizations. 

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Ties that Bind: Washington-Area Jews and the Birth of the State of Israel

Chronicling the involvement of the Washington Jewish community in the struggle for Jewish statehood, this exhibition begins with the story of a mass rally at Constitution Hall where over 4,000 Washingtonians – both Jewish and non-Jewish – staged a show of support for open immigration to Palestine in 1938. 

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Arthur Welsh: The First American Jewish Aviator

Arthur Welsh was a true American original—a Jewish immigrant who became a nationally known Washingtonian and held a singular place in American history. Learn how, as the first Jewish aviator in the United States, Welsh worked side by side with the Wright brothers to test the early limits of flight.

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