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A Historian in a Museum Moment

I’m a history professor, not a museum professional. My work advising and writing for the Capital Jewish Museum has provided daily lessons… (Read more)

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Connect, Reflect, Act! The Act of Tzedakah 

Image credit: Capital Jewish Museum Growing up in the suburbs of Boston in the late 70’s early 80’s, I recall looking forward… (Read more)

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Washingtonians Bond over Beer

I am excited by the recent explosion of craft brewing. During Covid it has been fun to visit small breweries… (Read more)

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My Mezuzah

All of the places we live have a history. When I joined the staff of the Capital Jewish Museum this year,… (Read more)

Renovation study to identify light fixtures in the historic synagogue.

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Decisions, Decisions…

1903 interior of the Synagogue Our starting point is a grainy black-and-white photograph of the historic Adas Israel sanctuary circa 1903. If… (Read more)

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Lloyd Wolf: Capturing Our Community 

Lloyd Wolf with partner Ruth Stromberg participating in the 16th Street Vigil with other members of Fabrangen. November 27, 2020.

Judith Martin's 1967 press ID

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Judith Martin, a Reporter in a Party Dress 

Judith Martin is a journalist who was a writer for the women’s section of the Washington Post, an early version of what is now known… (Read more)

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Racial Equity and Anti-Racism work in Museums

Photo courtesy of CJM Museum Educator Stephany Fry. Over the summer of 2020 it became impossible for museums to ignore calls for… (Read more)

Black and white photo of the Freedom Sunday rally in Washington DC, featuring a crowd of mostly caucasian participants dressed in winter clothing. Center of the photo is a protest sight that reads: Gorbachev, LET MY PEOPLE GO

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Freedom Sunday and Activism Today 

The streets of Washington D.C. are not unfamiliar to the feet of protestors and activists who have assembled upon them for years to fight for… (Read more)