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Cornerstone laying, Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q Streets NW in 1925. Capital Jewish Museum Collection, Jewish Community Center Collection.

Cornerstone laying, Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q Streets NW in 1925. Capital Jewish Museum Collection, Jewish Community Center Collection.

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What does it mean to open a museum? I mean that in the existential way—of course I now have some… (Read more)

Employees of Gichner Iron Works gathered in front of the building at 1214-1216 D Street NW. / Capital Jewish Museum collection 2015.27.01. Gift of Nancy Colodny.

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Gichner Iron Works

This past February, I started digging into the history of Maryland iron furnaces, a quest that has led us into… (Read more)

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.

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Food for Thought: Congress Food Market

Congress Food Market at 5th and East Capital Streets, NE, was owned by the Gimble family, one of many small… (Read more)

Color photo (detail) of Sidney Drazin in front of Comet Liquor Store at 1815 Columbia Road, NW c. 1990s. / Capital Jewish Museum Collection, Bernice Drazin.

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Food for Thought: The Lost Souls of Comet Liquor

Comet Liquor was opened by Oscar Gildenhorn at 18th And Columbia Rd, NW in 1940 and became an institution in… (Read more)

Nettie Ottenberg as pictured on the program for the 1913 Suffrage Procession, Washington DC, March 1913. / Capital Jewish Museum collection, Gift of Rachel and Louis Ottenberg, Jr.

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Time is Running Out

If you’ve checked your email lately, and if you’ve ever given money to a political party or a candidate, you’ve… (Read more)

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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Food for Thought: Power Lunches with Milton Kronheim

Milton Kronheim grew up in DC in the neighborhood around L and 4 ½ St. SW. He came from a… (Read more)

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8 Day Challenge

Take the 8 Day Sukkot Challenge! Sukkot simultaneously commemorates the forty years that the Jewish people wandered the desert and… (Read more)

"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

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The Origin of Honeyed Chicken

Join us at the Capital Jewish Food Festival for Michael Twitty’s analysis of the origin of a recipe drawn from… (Read more)

Photo of a woman's back, at a rally, with a large poster hanging from her backpack. Sign reads: "Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice / Mind Your Own Business." Washington, DC; May 2022

A protestor and their printed sign, "Mind Your Own Business," at the Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice, Washington, DC, May 17, 2022.

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Second Verse, Same as the First

My first abortion clinic escort job was in Madison, Wisconsin, where I grew up—my best friend’s mom was an abortion… (Read more)

Washington Hebrew Congregation's first confirmation class in 1901

Black and white photo of the earliest extant confirmation class featuring Rabbi Louis Stern surrounded by six students (four female and two male), 1901. / Courtesy of Washington Hebrew Congregation Collection

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Washington Hebrew Congregation: The Early Years

To mark the 170th anniversary of the founding of Washington’s first Jewish congregation, Washington Hebrew Congregation, their archivist wrote about… (Read more)