Programs

Environmental Gentrification: The Case of Anacostia

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Foundry United Methodist Church

Join us to learn about how environmental gentrification and the affordable housing crisis impact residents living on the banks of DC’s iconic river, and learn more about the rich history of the Anacostia neighborhood. This is the first part of a two-part series. We hope you will also consider attending Part 2 when we will be doing a clean-up of the northern part of the Anacostia River.

$12 online registration includes vegetarian dinner.

In partnership with the Edlavitch DCJCC, Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps, Tzedek DC, Operation Understanding DC, Hazon, and Jews United for Justice

Good Deeds Day 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School
6045 16th Street, NW (Entrance on Ft. Stevens Drive)

Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, PJ Library, TzedekDC and the Capital Jewish Museum at Milton’s brand-new North Campus to make instant breakfast cups, pamper kits, and activity kits for children accompanying their parents to legal and social service appointments. Projects will benefit families and children experiencing homelessness around the District. All projects are family-friendly.

Advanced registration required online.

Make Room for Matzah!

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School
6045 16th Street, NW (Entrance on Ft. Stevens Drive)

Join us for a hands-on workshop to get ready for Passover and learn more about this tradition for your interfaith or Jewish family. Your family will make items to enliven your seder with hands-on projects, plus songs, stories and snacks. It’s a perfect morning for Jewish and interfaith families with children ages 3-6.

Advanced registration online by April 12th: $10 per family
Register at the door: $15 per family

In partnership with PJ Library, the Edlavitch DCJCC, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School, and Love and Religion Interfaith Programs 

Jewish American Heritage Month with Dr. Pamela Nadell

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
National Archives, McGowan Theater
701 Constitution Avenue, NW (Special Events Entrance)

Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month with acclaimed author and historian Dr. Pamela Nadell, who will discuss her new book, America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today.

What does it mean to be a Jewish woman in America? In a gripping historical narrative, Dr. Nadell weaves together the stories of a diverse group of extraordinary people—from the colonial-era matriarch Grace Nathan, to poet Emma Lazarus, to labor organizer Bessie Hillman and the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to scores of other activists, workers, wives, and mothers. Informed by shared values of America’s founding and Jewish identity, these women have left deep footprints in the history of the nation they call home through their advocacy for suffrage, trade unions, civil rights, and feminism.

Book signing to follow.

Walking Tours & Speakers Bureau

Individual/Family:

  • Available for Downtown Jewish Washington only.
  • Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., pending staff availability.
  • $100 for up to 5 people.
  • Must book at least a week in advance.

Group:

  • Sunday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Maximum group size: 25. Must book at least 6 weeks in advance.
  • $200 for up to 15 people; $15/person for more than 15 people.
  • Visit our Youth Walking Tours page for information on tours for school groups.

To request a group tour: fill out the online form, call (202) 789-0900, or email info@capitaljewishmuseum.org for more information.

Downtown Washington

Learn what Jewish life and worship was like in the historic Seventh Street, NW, neighborhood from 1850 to 1950. The tour includes visiting the sites of four former synagogues. While this tour no longer includes the interior of the Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum, your group will have the unique experience of seeing the historic synagogue being prepared for relocation.

Start: Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum, 701 Third Street, NW (corner of G Street), Washington, D.C. – Directions

End: former home of Washington Hebrew Congregation, 816 Eighth Street NW (between H and I Streets), Washington, D.C.

H Street, NE

More than 75 Jewish-owned businesses once lined H Street, NE. Learn about the immigrant roots and Jewish history of this rapidly changing neighborhood.

Start: CVS, 645 H Street, NE (corner of 7th), Washington, D.C.

End: 14th & H Street, NE, Washington, D.C.

Arlington National Cemetery

Tour sites related to Jewish history and military heroes, including the Confederate Memorial by Sir Moses Ezekiel and the Challenger and Columbia Space Shuttle Memorials. Includes more than a mile of walking, including uphill. If your group would like reduce walking by using Arlington National Cemetery’s bus tour, please inquire about the price change.

Start: Visitor Center of Arlington National Cemetery at entrance facing parking – Directions

End: Tomb of the Unknowns

Youth Programs

Downtown Jewish Washington (versions for 4th – 12th grades)

  • Students tour former synagogue buildings, Jewish businesses, and homes in the “old Jewish neighborhood” of downtown D.C., now known as Judiciary Square and Chinatown. While this tour no longer includes the interior of the Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum, your group will have the unique experience of seeing the historic synagogue being prepared for relocation.
  • 60-90 minutes – $136 for up to 20 students; $6/student thereafter

Arlington National Cemetery (versions for 7th – 12th grades)

  • Tour sites related to Jewish history and military heroes, including the Confederate Memorial by Sir Moses Ezekiel and the Challenger and Columbia Space Shuttle Memorials.
  • 2 hours — can be lengthened upon request to include the Tomb of the Unknowns and Changing of the Guard
  • $250 for up to 25 students — ask for accommodations for more students Inquire about pricing if your group requires transportation by Tourmobile within the cemetery.

H Street, NE (versions for 7th – 12th grades)

  • Students explore H Street, NE, learning about the immigrant roots and Jewish history of this rapidly changing neighborhood.
  • 1 hour – $136 for up to 20 students; $6/student thereafter

For information and reservations, fill out the request form, call (202) 789-0900 or email info@capitaljewishmuseum.org.

Museum Classroom on Wheels (Coming Spring 2019)