Capital Jewish Museum
Visitors will come together in the core gallery to take part in the continuing project of building community at the intersection of American democracy and the American Jewish experience, connecting past, present and future. They will interact with material and questions from the past and be invited to consider how that history can inform our and set a course for the future.
For 60 years as the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, we collected & shared stories about the unique nature of Jewish life in our nation’s capital – a history that is local, national, & international. In 1969, we saved the city’s oldest synagogue building by moving it three blocks from its original site in the heart of the historic Jewish neighborhood to the corner of Third & G Streets, NW. Community contributions and a gift from Lillian & Albert Small helped restore the synagogue, which is listed on the National Register for Historic Places.
For the next 40 years, the synagogue served as the centerpiece of all of our activities including an expanding archival collection, exhibitions, educational programs, and neighborhood walking tours. In 2018, the JHSGW adopted our new name — Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum — as we prepare to build and launch a new public museum.