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Food for Thought: Congress Food Market

by Lisa Del Sesto, Museum Educator, and Jonathan Edelman, Curatorial Assistant
December 2, 2022

Congress Food Market at 5th and East Capital Streets, NE, was owned by the Gimble family, one of many small Jewish-owned grocery markets in DC. A century later, there are still food markets on these busy corners. The Lee family, immigrants from Korea, purchased Congress Food Market in the 1980s.

Isadore Gimble inside Congress Food Market at 5ht and E. Capitol Streets, NE reading The Jewish Daily Forward newspaper in Yiddish, 1953. / Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Photograph by Gilbert Gimble, Gift of Josephine Gimble.