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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.


Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community

This 14-minute video played in the gallery when the exhibition of the same name debuted in 2005. Features oral histories of four Washingtonians reflect on what being Jewish in Washington means to them today,

  • Albert H. Small, Jr.: A third-generation real estate developer and lifelong Washingtonian with strong family ties to the city
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: One of many who have come to the capital in service to the federal government and established ties to the city
  • Irene Kaplan: A lifelong Washingtonian speaking about her parents’ immigrant experience and the Sephardic community in the city today
  • Frank Rich: An Op-Ed columnist now living in New York, but with rich memories of growing up in Washington

Members of the Club: Jewish Teen Life in Washington

Using interviews and archival material, this 15-minute video describes how the social lives of Washington’s Jewish teenagers revolved around more than 60 fraternities, sororities, clubs, and Zionist youth groups for nearly half a century. Excluded from the sororities, fraternities, and clubs of their non-Jewish classmates, Jewish teenagers created their own social sphere blending their Jewish identity with secular activities.


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

This popular 18-minute video accompanied our exhibit about life in and "above" Washington's "mom and pop" grocery stores. Using interviews and historic photographs, it depicts how the "mom and pop" grocery store became many Jewish immigrants' vehicle for upward economic and social mobility. Aired on Maryland Public Television.


Tzedakah: Jewish Women Creating a Capital Community, 1895-1948

This 10-minute video tells how tzedakah, the "righteous" obligation to care for others, has long motivated American Jewish women to shoulder communal responsibilities and play pioneering roles. Between 1895 and 1948, metropolitan Washington Jewish women responded to new and diverse needs by founding organizations, working in the civil service, and engaging in political activism.


Louis D. Brandeis: American Zionist

This 17-minute video follows Supreme Court Justic Louis D. Brandeis from his youth in a non-observant home to his role in organizations like the Zionist Organization of America and Hadassah with interviews of the Brandeis family and former clerks of the Justice.


Rosh Hashanah Cards

Fold-out cards featuring imagery from c.1910 pop-up Rosh Hashanah greeting card in the Society's archival collection. 10 cards per box
Front depicts American Jews welcoming their East European brethren. Above the American Jews is an eagle bearing a crest of the stars and stripes and holding a banner with words from King David's plea, "Hide me in the shadow of your wings [from the wicked who oppress me]." A second eagle on the right has two heads and clutches a crown and scepter, symbolizing Czarist Russia.
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Arthur Welsh Commemorative Medal

Commemorate the first Jewish aviator's legacy with this limited-edition 2.25" medal commissioned by the Jewish Historical Society.


Tzedakah Box

From the cupola on the roof to the ark that protrudes from the rear wall, this replica of the first synagogue building in Washington, D.C. makes a wonderful gift. This beautiful work of art also functions as a tzedakah box, a repository for funds to be used for charitable donations. 6.25" x 3.75"