Washington, DC, and its suburbs in Maryland and Virginia sit on the traditional lands of the Nacotchtank (Anacostan), Piscataway, and Pamunkey peoples. The Museum acknowledges the devastation and atrocities inflicted upon indigenous people by European settlers.
One way to honor the living communities of indigenous people is to study history and seek to understand the continued repercussions of settlement in this city. Exploring histories–both complicated and celebratory–is the work of this Museum, where exhibitions examine the role of Jewish immigrants, newcomers, and both short- and long-term residents of this region.
Displaying the past in a museum is only part of the work. The Capital Jewish Museum encourages everyone to take on the shared responsibility to learn humbly and continue to seek ways to act in the service of equity and justice for all.
The legacy of racial injustice in this country toward Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) has made clear that organizations like ours need to be deliberate about our efforts toward diversity, inclusivity, and ultimately equity. As a history museum and public-facing educational institution, we at the Capital Jewish Museum commit to doing our part to build an inclusive, multi-racial democracy, teach difficult histories, and work to foster an anti-racist society.
צֶֶ֥דֶק צֶֶ֖דֶק תִּרְדף
Justice You Shall Pursue