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Doll portraying Golda Meir, created as one of the “Dolls for Democracy” series by B’nai B’rith Women. / Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Jewish Women International.

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Ordinary Barbie

“What about Ordinary Barbie? She’s not extraordinary. She’s not president of anything.” (–Gloria, to Mattel executives, Barbie: The Movie) Welcome… (Read more)

Cornerstone laying, Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q Streets NW in 1925. Capital Jewish Museum Collection, Jewish Community Center Collection.

Cornerstone laying, Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q Streets NW in 1925. Capital Jewish Museum Collection, Jewish Community Center Collection.

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Openings

What does it mean to open a museum? I mean that in the existential way—of course I now have some… (Read more)

Nettie Ottenberg as pictured on the program for the 1913 Suffrage Procession, Washington DC, March 1913. / Capital Jewish Museum collection, Gift of Rachel and Louis Ottenberg, Jr.

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Time is Running Out

If you’ve checked your email lately, and if you’ve ever given money to a political party or a candidate, you’ve… (Read more)

Washington Hebrew Congregation's first confirmation class in 1901

Black and white photo of the earliest extant confirmation class featuring Rabbi Louis Stern surrounded by six students (four female and two male), 1901. / Courtesy of Washington Hebrew Congregation Collection

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Washington Hebrew Congregation: The Early Years

To mark the 170th anniversary of the founding of Washington’s first Jewish congregation, Washington Hebrew Congregation, their archivist wrote about… (Read more)

Book cover for Foer's "I Want You to Know We're Still Here" and features a black and white photo of a smiling young woman holding a young child.

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Ukrainian Connections

Ukraine, where my family lived for generations and where most of them were murdered, is in its fight for survival…. (Read more)

Two educators and two interns are collaboratively working at a large table in the museum's temporary offices, Spring 2022.

Education staff and interns meeting to prepare interpretive programs, February 2022

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Spring 2022 Education Internship Projects 

Internships provide important opportunities for students to translate their educational insights into real-world projects. Opportunities to participate in the development… (Read more)

Photo of a Congressional staffer's I.D. badge from the 1972 Republican presidential convention.

Photo of a Congressional staffer's I.D. badge from the 1972 Republican presidential convention (detail). Capital Jewish Museum, Gift of Ricki Gerger

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Transplants Welcome

Being from Houston, Texas, I didn’t grow up with much concern about history. After all, when a building was about… (Read more)

Back cover of a Trees and Life for Vietnam brochure. Capital Jewish Museum, Mike Tabor Collection

Back cover of a Trees and Life for Vietnam brochure. Capital Jewish Museum, Mike Tabor Collection

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Collection Highlight: Trees and Life for Vietnam

Every year on the Jewish holiday of Tu B’shvat (the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, which fell… (Read more)

Scale Model of the Historic 1876 Synagogue, ca. 1968. Capital Jewish Museum Collection

Scale Model of the Historic 1876 Synagogue, ca. 1968. Capital Jewish Museum Collection

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Small Scale Restoration

In 1967, DC’s Jewish community rallied together to relocate and save the historic 1876 Adas Israel synagogue. Over the next… (Read more)

Storytime among the sukkot at Sukkah City x DC community day, Sep 2021

Storytime among the sukkot at Sukkah City x DC community day, Sep 2021

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Highlights from Sukkah City x DC’s Community Day

Sukkah City x DC‘s Community Day, on Sunday, September 19, featured more than ten community partners, two artists, seven participating… (Read more)