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Capital Jewish Museum

Connect personally and collectively, Reflect on the relevance of the past to today, and Act on behalf of your values and communities.

Baseball cap worn by Andy Korobkin as a camper at Kaufmann Camp, ca. 1960s. Gift of Gail Shirazi, Capital Jewish Museum Collection.

Explore the Collection

Rendering of the Capital Jewish Museum, SmithGroup


Erev Opening Bash

Thursday, June 8, 2023 6–9 pm

Gift of Jack Kay.


Members see it first.

Historic Adas Israel synagogue (foreground) and National Building Museum, formerly the headquarters of the United States Pension Bureau, background, ca. 1905.


What is Jewish Washington?

Step into history–a real 19th-century synagogue–as you explore local Jewish stories in DC and the Maryland and Virginia suburbs.

Notorious RBG book cover illustration by Adam Johnson. Courtesy of HarperCollins. Photographs: Crown © by Hurst Photo/Shutterstock

Special Exhibition

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A visually rich, entertaining, yet rigorous look at Justice Ginsburg’s life and work.

Presented by PNC

Decoupage bottle made by Sol Ereza of Magen David Sephardic Congregation. Gift of Gwen Zuares, Capital Jewish Museum Collection.


Connect. Reflect. Act.

Dig deep into local Jewish history, discover Jewish perspectives on social justice issues facing the world today, and think about your own identity and values.

Visitors experience an immersive film about early Jewish life in the nation’s capital.


The Sanctuary

Enter one of the Museum’s most treasured artifacts – a synagogue opened in 1876.

“Almost 150 years after the region’s first purpose-built synagogue was dedicated, the Capital Jewish Museum figuratively and literally connects the story of Jewish Washington’s past, present, and future.”

Esther Safran Foer, President

With thanks to our partners.

Partner Agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington