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Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

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

Ongoing Exhibition

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.

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

Ongoing Exhibition

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.

Historic Sanctuary, Summer 2023. Photo: Imagine Photography

Ongoing Exhibition

The Sanctuary

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

Rolodex belonging to Sheldon Cohen in the 1990s. Cohen was IRS Commissioner in President Lyndon Johnson’s administration and worked later as an attorney at private firms in Washington, DC.

Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Laura Cohen Apelbaum and Family.

Special Exhibition

If It’s Jewish, We Have It: Selections from the Collections

A favorite object in our collection is the neon sign reading “If It’s Jewish We Have It,” currently on display.... (Read more)

Snack at Manny’s Delicatessen, Chicago, IL, 2010. Image Professionals GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo

Special Exhibition

“I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli

“I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli explores how American Jews imported traditions, adapted culture, and built community through... (Read more)

Past Exhibitions

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

Extended by popular demand through Dec 3

Presented by PNC