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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)

Programs

Color photograph from the "No Fear" Rally on the National Mall. The rally meant to bring attention to rising antisemitism in the U.S. on July 11, 2021. Photographer: Lloyd Wolf. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Lloyd Wolf Collection. Gift of Lloyd Wolf.

Public Program

Antisemitism in the Aftermath of October 7th

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 6–7:30 pm

Public Program

Author Talk with Sarah Birnbach, A Daughter’s Kaddish: My Year of Grief, Devotion, and Healing  

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 6:30pm

Family Program

Story Time at CJM

Thursday, May 9, 2024 10–11 am

Anne Russ Federman serving customers at New York’s Russ & Daughters, with Hattie Russ Gold in the background, 1939. From the collection of Russ & Daughters.

Member Program

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

Saturday, May 11, 2024 11am–4 pm

Anne Russ Federman serving customers at New York’s Russ & Daughters, with Hattie Russ Gold in the background, 1939. From the collection of Russ & Daughters.

Member Program

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

Sunday, May 12, 2024 11am–4 pm

Nycci Nellis, Host of the Industry Night podcast, January 2024

Drop-In Program

In Residence: Industry Night Podcast with Nycci Nellis

Thursday, May 16, 2024 2–3 pm

Public Program

Historic Congressional Cemetery’s Speaker Series: Jewish Americans 

Sunday, May 19, 2024 1–2:30 pm

Nycci Nellis, Host of the Industry Night podcast, January 2024

Drop-In Program

In Residence: Industry Night Podcast with Nycci Nellis

Thursday, May 23, 2024 2–3 pm

Image credit: Jessie, Louis Belkov, Joe Adler, Abe Hofberg, Louis Maizel, and Ben inside Hofberg's Kosher Deli at 116 Kennedy Street, NW, 1943. Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Ann Hofberg Richards.

Public Program

CJM After Sunset: Deli Nights  

Thursday, May 30, 2024 6–9 pm

Nycci Nellis, Host of the Industry Night podcast, January 2024

Drop-In Program

In Residence: Industry Night Podcast with Nycci Nellis

Thursday, May 30, 2024 2–3 pm

Nycci Nellis in conversation with Michael Twitty for the Capital Jewish Food Festival, October 2022. Chris Ferenzi Photography

Member Program

Meet & Greet with Nycci Nellis, host of the Industry Night podcast

Thursday, May 30, 2024 3–3:30 pm

Family Program

Family Day: Delicious Deli 

Sunday, June 2, 2024 9:30am–1 pm

A street vendor advertising kosher hot dogs along 14th Street NW near the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in downtown DC. Department of Agriculture building visible across the street, 1998. Photograph by Lloyd Wolf. Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of the photographer.

Drop-In Program

Lab Takeover with Jews United for Justice (JUFJ)

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 5–7:30 pm

Nycci Nellis, Host of the Industry Night podcast, January 2024

Drop-In Program

In Residence: Industry Night Podcast with Nycci Nellis

Thursday, June 6, 2024 2–3 pm

Family Program

Story Time at CJM

Thursday, June 13, 2024 10–11 am

Member Program

Author Talk: Ted Merwin, Pastrami on Rye

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 6pm

Drop-In Program

Lab Takeover with Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA)

Sunday, July 14, 2024 11am–3 pm

A young volunteer with the DC Jewish Community Center works to assemble sandwiches at Martha's Table, 1993. Photograph by Lloyd Wolf. Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of the photographer.

Public Program

Salon Nights: Homemade Sandwiches for Good

Wednesday, August 7, 2024 6–8 pm