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Collection

The Collection is composed of historic artifacts, personal and family papers, as well as archival documents & photographs that trace the Jewish community in Washington DC, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia from the 1850s to the present day. It is a collection which reflects a history that is at once local, national, and international.

Collection Highlights

Matchbox, signed by President Jimmy
Carter and used by the president at the
White House Hanukkah event, December
17, 1979. Capital Jewish Museum
Collec􀆟on. Gi􀅌 of Michael Kranish and
family.

Matchbox, signed by President Jimmy Carter and used by the president at the White House Hanukkah event, December 17, 1979. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Michael Kranish and family.

2019 Mr. Nice Jewish Boy DC pageant winner's sash. Capital Jewish Museum
Collection. Gift of Ben Rosenbaum.

The 2019 Mr. Nice Jewish Boy DC pageant winner’s sash. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Ben Rosenbaum.

Exterior of Giant store #7 located at 3412
Connecticut Ave, NW, which opened on January
25, 1945. Capital Jewish Museum collection. Gift of the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation.

Exterior of Giant store #7 located at 3412 Connecticut Ave, NW, which opened on January 25, 1945. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation.

Seder plate used by President Obama and administration staffers and their guests at the White House seders, ca. 2009-16. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Jane Moser.

Seder Plate used by the Obama family during the sedarim they hosted in the White House. The Seder plate was originally purchased at the gift shop of Temple Emanuel in Houston, TX, by the Moser family. / Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Jane Moser.

Hand-knit lace collar worn on the bench of the Supreme Court by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Hand-knit lace collar worn on the bench of the Supreme Court by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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

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

A group protests outside the Kennedy Center during the Soviet Jewry movement.

A group protests outside the Kennedy Center, protesting the treatment of Soviet Jews while the Bolshoi Ballet was in town, August 1987. Capital Jewish Museum Collection, Soviet Jewry Collection, Gift of Joan and Oscar Dodek.

Highback armchair used on bimah of Talmud Torah synagogue located in Southwest Washington from 1893-1951. Gift of Ohev Sholom- The National Synagogue, Capital Jewish Museum Collection.

Highback armchair used on bimah of Talmud Torah synagogue located in Southwest Washington from 1893-1951. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Ohev Sholom-The National Synagogue.

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

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

Scrapbook from teen sorority activity in Washington DC, 1950s. Gift of Margot Heckman, Capital Jewish Museum Collection.

Scrapbook from teen sorority activity in Washington DC, 1950s. Gift of Margot Heckman, Capital Jewish Museum Collection.

"Jewish Creative Cooking: 200 years of Jewish Cooking in American" compiled by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 1975. Capital Jewish Museum collection. Gift of Lenore and Sol Gnatt

“Jewish Creative Cooking: 200 years of Jewish Cooking in American” compiled by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 1975. Capital Jewish Museum collection. Gift of Lenore and Sol Gnatt.

Rose Bernard (Sherman) standing in front of bank of file cabinets in their family office, mid-1940s. Gift of Douglas Sherman, Capital Jewish Museum Collection.

Rose Bernard (Sherman) standing in front of bank of file cabinets in their family office, mid-1940s. Gift of Douglas Sherman, Capital Jewish Museum Collection.

Baseball cap worn by Andy Korobkin as a camper at Kaufmann Camp, ca. 1960s. Gift of Gail Shirazi, Capital Jewish Museum Collection.

Baseball cap worn by Andy Korobkin as a camper at Kaufmann Camp, ca. 1960s. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Gail Shirazi.

Matching blue and white mask and tallis worn throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of James Sullivan

Prayer shawl and mask worn by James Sullivan during the COVID-19 pandemic. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of James Sullivan.

Poster advertising the Jewish Tribute to Farm Workers, May 11, 1975, at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD, 1975. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Bert Silver Collection. Gift of Bert Silver.

Poster advertising the Jewish Tribute to Farm Workers, May 11, 1975, at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Bert Silver Collection. Gift of Bert Silver.

A 2-D print featuring Judy Heumann in a wheelchair, on a yellow background, framed on each side by purple blossoms and bulbs of a garlic plant, with a floral patterned border. Surrounding Heumann's figure is the text: "If I have to be thankful for an accessible bathroom, how am I ever gonna be equal in this community?" Below the figure in Hebrew is the text: "Honor/Respect."

Portrait of Judith Heumann, created by artist and activist Wendy Elisheva Somerson, ca. 2020, to honor the work of Heumann. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Judith Heumann.

Portrait of Judith Heumann, created by artist and activist Wendy Elisheva Somerson, ca. 2020, to honor the work of Heumann. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Judith Heumann.

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Baseball cap worn by Andy Korobkin as a camper at Kaufmann Camp, ca. 1960s. Gift of Gail Shirazi, Capital Jewish Museum Collection.

Baseball cap worn by Andy Korobkin as a camper at Kaufmann Camp, ca. 1960s. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Gail Shirazi.

Matching blue and white mask and tallis worn throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of James Sullivan

Prayer shawl and mask worn by James Sullivan during the COVID-19 pandemic. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of James Sullivan.

Poster advertising the Jewish Tribute to Farm Workers, May 11, 1975, at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD, 1975. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Bert Silver Collection. Gift of Bert Silver.

Poster advertising the Jewish Tribute to Farm Workers, May 11, 1975, at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Bert Silver Collection. Gift of Bert Silver.

A 2-D print featuring Judy Heumann in a wheelchair, on a yellow background, framed on each side by purple blossoms and bulbs of a garlic plant, with a floral patterned border. Surrounding Heumann's figure is the text: "If I have to be thankful for an accessible bathroom, how am I ever gonna be equal in this community?" Below the figure in Hebrew is the text: "Honor/Respect."

Portrait of Judith Heumann, created by artist and activist Wendy Elisheva Somerson, ca. 2020, to honor the work of Heumann. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Judith Heumann.

Portrait of Judith Heumann, created by artist and activist Wendy Elisheva Somerson, ca. 2020, to honor the work of Heumann. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Judith Heumann.

Current Exhibitions

Black and white photo of a group of men seated at a table in Kronheim’s lunchroom. Counterclockwise: Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg (on phone), Senator Abe Ribicoff, developer Charles E. Smith, Judge David Bazelon, attorney Arnold Shaw, sportswriter Morrie Siegel, Judge J. Skelly Wright, Milton S. Kronheim, Sr., February 20, 1951. / Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of the Estate of Milton S. Kronheim, Sr.

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