Historic interior photo of Adas Israel Synagogue

History in Motion: The Many Lives of Washington’s First Purpose-Built Synagogue

Friday, December 17

Discover the many lives of the historic Adas Israel Synagogue as Jonathan Edelman, curatorial associate, reveals the early history of DC’s Jewish community, the synagogue’s historic details, and more. Followed by Q&A with Edelman and CJM President Stuart Zuckerman.

Presented by the DC Preservation League as part of their program series about sacred spaces.

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Sukkah City x DC
Panel Program: Welcoming the Stranger

Thursday, September 23

Learn about the creative process and how the built environment can inspire a community to reconsider who is welcome.

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Welcoming the Stranger: Honoring World Refugee Day

June 15, 5:30pm EST

World Refugee day is an opportunity to build empathy for and honor refugees around the globe. Join the Capital Jewish Museum and the Jewish Museum of Maryland for a virtual program to explore the stories and objects immigrants and refugees have brought with them to their new homes and discover ways we can show kindness and acceptance towards newcomers in our communities today.


Taste of History: Virtual Tours

Tuesdays, 7:30pm EST / 6:30pm C

Museums from across the world come together virtually to share a taste of their unique stories! Travel to these places and learn from the comfort of your own home. Topics range from civil rights, to gardens, to art and more. There is something for everyone. Donations benefit all museums equally and are being processed through the Lombard Historical Society.

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JewAsian: Race, Religion, and Identity for America’s Newest Jews

May 26th, 4:00pm EST

You will not want to miss this very unique webinar featuring Professor Helen Kim and, her husband Mr. Noah Leavitt, co-authors of JewAsian: Race, Religion and Identity for America’s Newest Jews (University of Nebraska Press, 2016). Dr. Kim and Mr. Leavitt will discuss their book — including the complex historical relationship that has linked Asians and Jews in America as well as the many interesting contemporary interactions which these two important communities presently share.

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The Power of Protest and The Great Kosher Meat War

April 11, 6:30-7:30pm

In the wee hours of May 15, 1902, three thousand Jewish women quietly took up positions on the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Convinced by the latest jump in the price of kosher meat that they were being gouged, they intended to shut down every kosher butcher shop in New York’s Jewish quarter. The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902 tells the twin stories of mostly female immigrants who discovered their collective consumer power and of the Beef Trust, the midwestern cartel that conspired to keep meat prices high despite efforts by the U.S. government to curtail its practices. With few resources and little experience but a great deal of steely determination, this group of women organized themselves in their first foray into the political arena in their adopted country, successfully challenged powerful vested corporate interests and set a pattern for future generations to follow. 

Scott D.Seligman, author of The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902, discusses his book with Professor Pamela Nadell, the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History and director of the Jewish Studies program at American University.  

Presented in partnership with the Edlavitch DCJCC as part of Good Deeds Week with Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

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Democracy in Action: Roles of an Advocate

March 16, 7:00-8:00pm

Lobbyists act as the liaisons between the people and Congress. They have expertise–and strong opinions– on specific issues ranging from funding for bridges and school lunches to advocating for women’s rights and judicial nominees. Because of this, Lobbyists often have close relationships with business and political leaders. They also have deep knowledge about and insights into congressional staff. Their job is to craft a convincing narrative about their particular subject. They must convince Congressional staffers to come around to their view, while accurately reflecting the positions of those they represent. Their access to Congress makes them important intermediaries in the development, enactment, and implementation of public policy.

Join us for a Women’s History Month panel discussion moderated by members of Capital Jewish Museum’s Teen Council as we hear three beltway insiders Judy Lichtman, Marcia Greenberger and Nan Aron, discuss their role in shaping our democracy.

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