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Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community

2007. This 100-page beautifully designed and crafted large format hardcover book, based on our award-winning exhibition, features brief essays and a historic overview of the Jewish families, businesses, congregations, neighborhoods, and communal organizations in the city and its suburbs. In print for the very first time are more than 100 images of historic documents, artifacts, and photographs, many never seen before, from the Society's collections.


Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln’s City

2009. This 171-page hardcover book tells of the trials and triumphs of the Jewish communities of Union Washington and Confederate Alexandria during the Civil War. Includes images and text from the original exhibition and essays by scholars — all introduced by leading historian Dr. Jonathan Sarna.

Other contributors include:

  • Harold Holzer: "Lincoln and the Jews"
  • Dr. Pam Nadell: "'Giving our all to the poor soldiers:' Jewish Women in the Civil War"
  • Dr. John Y. Simon: "Ulysses S. Grant and the Jews: An Unsolved Mystery"
  • Dr. Melvin I. Urofsky: "Virginian Jews in the Civil War"

Voices of the Vigil

2014. This 100-page catalog features more than 90 images with accompanying text from the original exhibition, which tells the story of the D.C. area's Soviet Jewry movement (late 1960s-1991).

Also includes:

  • Memoir by Natan Sharansky, Chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel, relating his experiences in a Soviet prison camp and the impact of the Soviet Jewry movement.
  • Reminiscences of Norman Goldstein, Chair of the Exhibition Community Advisory Committee, looking back on twenty years of the local grassroots movement.
  • Article by Ambassador Richard Schifter recalling his diplomatic activities on behalf of Soviet Jewry.

Pocket Guide to Jewish Sites in Arlington National Cemetery

2013. This 40-page booklet highlighting memorials and individual burials of Jewish interest at Arlington National Cemetery.

Also includes:

  • Background information on Jewish burials in the cemetery
  • A cemetery map
  • Suggested walking tour route
  • Indices by name and cemetery section

Towards a “National Shrine”: A Centennial History of Washington Hebrew Congregation 1855-1955

2005. A history of Washington, D.C.'s oldest congregation written by Marc Lee Raphael, Nathan Gumenick Chair of Judaic Studies at The College of William & Mary


The Assembly: A Century in the Life of the Adas Israel Hebrew Congregation of Washington, D.C

1993. A comprehensive history of Adas Israel, the congregation that built our 1876 synagogue, written by Rabbi Stanley Rabinowitz, Adas Israel’s spiritual leader from 1960 to 1986.