We explore the unique Jewish heritage of Washington as a hometown and as the nation’s capital.

New Acquisition!

New Acquisition!

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg donated a collar to us!

Education

Education

We do classroom visits and walking tours!

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Curator's Catch

Curator's Catch

Our Curator shares an object from our collection each month.

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Add to the Archives

Add to the Archives

Your contributions to the collections help preserve the Jewish community's history

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Your gift allows us to engage and inspire adults and children through our public programs and educational initiatives and to preserve the community's history. Make a secure gift online or learn how to make a donation to the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington.

Museum Building Closed, Society Open

The historic 1876 synagogue is temporarily closed as we create our new museum, but the Jewish Historical Society is still open!

Learn more about our plans for the future here, or about our walking tours and other programming during this transition here. Call (202) 789-0900 or email info@jhsgw.org for more information.

Please note that our offices are closed on the following days this fall:

Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Monday, September 10

Yom Kippur
Tuesday, September 18 after 1pm
Wednesday, September 19

Sukkot
Monday, September 24

Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 22
Friday, November 23

Christmas
Tuesday, December 25 

Calendar

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 3pm-5pm

Under Arrest: Clergy and Advocacy in the Nation’s Capital

Religious leaders will discuss taking a stand from a spiritual or religious perspective at this year's annual meeting and program

Sunday, September 30, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Public Walking Tour: Downtown D.C.

Learn what Jewish life and worship was like in the historic Seventh Street, NW, neighborhood from 1850 to 1950. The tour includes the sites of four former synagogues.

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Highlights

Who are we?

Who are we?

Society's mission and history

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Check out our online shop

Check out our online shop

Books, DVDs, and other gifts!

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Support us by shopping at Amazon

Support us by shopping at Amazon

Shop through this link (bookmark it!) and Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price!

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Jewish Food Experience

Jewish Food Experience

Read more from us on this website by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

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