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Chris Ferenzi Photography

Chris Ferenzi Photography

Chris Ferenzi Photography


The Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum, one of Washington, DC’s newest museums, celebrated its grand opening in June 2023. Comprised of two buildings—a historic synagogue built in 1876 and a modern addition—the Museum is located in the newly establish Capitol Crossings neighborhood, just blocks from the original home of the synagogue.

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Featuring the renovated and restored interior of our historic sanctuary and the soaring ceiling of the lobby atrium, the Capital Jewish Museum offers traditional and modern settings for celebrations, both large and small, for audiences of all backgrounds. All spaces are wheelchair accessible.

Whether you are planning to host a nonprofit gala, a corporate function, or a private celebration, the Museum is an ideal setting with flexible and functional spaces. An added bonus, the ongoing exhibitions explore the region’s history—providing hundreds of interesting stories to spark conversation for the most eclectic of guests. Conveniently located between downtown DC and the Capitol, with easy access to the Convention Center and numerous hotels, the Museum’s facilities are at your service.

Life cycle events at the Museum are a memorable affair with enough room for up to 150 guests for a seated dinner. A standing room ceremony can accommodate up to 250 guests. Want to have a smaller, more intimate reception? The Museum’s Cafritz Hall is the ideal space for hosting an event, no matter the size of your guest list. The Community Action Lab is also available to rent for the cocktail hour, allowing for the perfect event flow from ceremony to cocktails, to dinner and dancing! Knowledgeable and experienced event professionals are available to make your occasion a grand success.

What spaces are available to rent?

The following spaces of the museum are available to rent:

  • Historic Synagogue
  • The Morse-Loeb Museum Lobby
  • The Cafritz Hall
  • The Morse-Loeb Museum Lobby and the Cafritz Hall Together
  • Terrace
  • Community Action Lab
  • Gelman Conference Room

All rentals may include up to an hour in exhibits-pending availability and other museum-wide events.

What is included in the rental package?

Basic rental fees include custodial service fee, and a Museum event contact. All rates are based on a 7 hour rental period; including 2 hour set-up, 4 hour event, and 1 hour take down.

  • Tables and chairs for 125
  • Museum Event Coordinator
  • Security Guards
  • Standard Custodial Fee

Is there a kitchen facility available?

A prep kitchen is available for plating and staging food. It includes the following equipment:

  • Food Prep Table
  • Commercial Refrigerator
  • Ice maker
  • Sink

Does CJM have preferred vendors?

We have a list of preferred vendors available, but other vendors may be used as long as they can provide a valid license if requested.

Are the rental spaces ADA accessible?

Yes, all spaces at the museum are ADA compliant including a wheelchair ramp and automated doors to all public areas.

Where can event photography take place?

Photography is permitted throughout the museum but is prohibited in all exhibition and administrative spaces.