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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.