Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum

Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum Exploring the Jewish experience in the national capital region. Open: Wednesday-Sunday
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10/27/2023

Next Thursday I’m moderating a dinner and discussion about reproductive rights with some brilliant and thoughtful people!

Nights at the Round Table: Conversations about Reproductive Rights

Date: Thursday, November 2, 6:30pm–9 pm
Location:
Tickets: $45-$54 (link in bio to purchase)

Program Schedule
6:30–7 pm | Panel discussion
7–8:30 pm | Dinner & discourse
8:30–9 pm | Dessert & action steps

Join expert panelists and fellow participants for an evening of dinner and discourse in a brave space. Build tools and resources, connect with others passionate about the topic, and learn ways to take action in the fight for reproductive rights.

Ticket includes dinner and admission to the Capital Jewish Museum's special exhibition Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Panelists include , CEO of , , representing District 16 in the Maryland Senate, and Dr. , President of . Moderated by Renee Bracey Sherman, founder, and executive director of We Testify.

Image Caption: Color photograph of B'nai Brith Women (now Jewish Women International) at an abortion rights/pro-choice rally on November 12th, 1989, held at the Lincoln Memorial. Capital Jewish Museum Collection, Jewish Women International Collection. Gift of Meredith Jacobs, Jewish Women International.

Despite the terrible circumstances in the world, we are continuing with the programming we’ve planned in conjunction wit...
10/27/2023

Despite the terrible circumstances in the world, we are continuing with the programming we’ve planned in conjunction with the special exhibition, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (closing Nov. 30).
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Nights at the Round Table: A Conversation about Reproductive Rights
Thu, Nov 2, 6:30pm–9 pm | $45-$54 | Tickets: https://bit.ly/46TS6Pa

6:30 pm | Panel Discussion
7 pm | Dinner & Discourse
8:30 pm | Dessert & Action Steps

Join expert panelists and fellow participants for an evening of dinner and discourse in a brave space. Build tools and resources, connect with others passionate about the topic, and learn how to take action in the fight for reproductive justice.

Panelists include Sheila Katz, CEO of , Senator Ariana Kelly, representing District 16 in the Maryland Senate, and Dr. Jamila Perritt, President of Physicians for Reproductive Rights. Moderated by Renee Bracey Sherman, founder, and executive director of We Testify.

Ticket includes dinner and admission to the Capital Jewish Museum's special exhibition "Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg."

Nights at the Round Table is a discussion-based series that promotes conversation, community-building, and civic engagement around contemporary issues.

Image Caption: Color photograph of B'nai Brith Women (now Jewish Women International) at an abortion rights/pro-choice rally on November 12th, 1989, held at the Lincoln Memorial. Capital Jewish Museum Collection, Jewish Women International Collection. Gift of Meredith Jacobs, Jewish Women International.

cc: Katz / National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) / Renee Bracey Sherman

We were thrilled to welcome Arthur Altman, former Director (1989) of the Tax Forms & Publications Division of the IRS. W...
10/26/2023

We were thrilled to welcome Arthur Altman, former Director (1989) of the Tax Forms & Publications Division of the IRS. When Altman oversaw changes to the W4 form, public reaction varied. Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite made her feelings known in one of her comic strips, the original of which she gave to Altman with a personal note. The comic strip is one of several items on display featuring artifacts that relate to stories of Jewish federal workers from the collection.

View thousands of objects, photographs, and other archival material via our online collections: https://capitaljewishmuseum.org/collection/

During these difficult times, we are reminded that simcha—joy—is a Jewish obligation. It is in this spirit that we host ...
10/19/2023

During these difficult times, we are reminded that simcha—joy—is a Jewish obligation. It is in this spirit that we host tonight's event.

Join us & be inspired by stories of Jewish Washingtonians who have made a difference and Justice Ginsburg's sense of, well, justice. Tickets: https://capitaljewishmuseum.org/events/cjm-after-sunset-the-notorious-rbg/

The Museum After Sunset🌇Join us Thursday, Oct 19, for an evening that features this photo op and the Museum after hours....
10/18/2023

The Museum After Sunset🌇
Join us Thursday, Oct 19, for an evening that features this photo op and the Museum after hours. 🎟️Tickets: $25-$36 | https://bit.ly/3LUS3tP

Join our happy team as an intern! Spring 2024   opportunities include Advancement (Comms & Membership), Collections/Cura...
10/17/2023

Join our happy team as an intern! Spring 2024 opportunities include Advancement (Comms & Membership), Collections/Curatorial, Education, and Events.
Deadline: Nov 15 | https://bit.ly/401S6JZ

👑Discover "Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg" after hours. Enjoy gallery talks with curators & a ...
10/11/2023

👑Discover "Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg" after hours.

Enjoy gallery talks with curators & a Supreme Court expert. 📒Craft a dissent notebook. 🍸Indulge in nosh & drinks. With music by DJ Chan Don. [cc Supreme Court Historical Society]

📅 Thu, Oct 19, 6–9 pm
🎟Tickets: $25 | $30 | $36

Discover Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg after hours. Dig deeper into exhibit stories with Spotlight Talks with CJM curators and Clare Cushman from the Supreme Court Historical Society, delve into why the Court matters to all of us, and craft your own dissent notebook, while...

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Malki Karkowsky as Chief Advancement Officer. She will serve as an advisor...
10/10/2023

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Malki Karkowsky as Chief Advancement Officer. She will serve as an advisor to the Executive Director and Board of Directors, supervise communications planning, and direct a comprehensive fundraising strategy and program.

Read the full press release: https://bit.ly/3QaqW0l

Photo: Aryeh Schwartz

As we gather in synagogues around our region for Simchat Torah, our prayers are with those impacted by the violence in I...
10/07/2023

As we gather in synagogues around our region for Simchat Torah, our prayers are with those impacted by the violence in Israel and who have lost loved ones or who are awaiting news of friends and family members injured, taken hostage or sheltering from the attacks.

As the fighting continues, CJM will be open as a space for connection, community, respite, and calm.

10/06/2023

One of Washington’s oldest Torah scrolls, dating back to 1876, was paraded through downtown D.C. on Wednesday on its way to the recently opened Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum, where it will reside on permanent loan.

📸 Courtesy of Capital Jewish Museum

On Wednesday, we joined Adas Israel Congregation in a joyful parade and celebration to mark the return of the "Gotthelf ...
10/05/2023

On Wednesday, we joined Adas Israel Congregation in a joyful parade and celebration to mark the return of the "Gotthelf Torah,” the original Torah used in the historic synagogue. The Torah, no longer kosher and now on long-term loan to the Museum, will be used for educational projects and soon be on view in the Historic Sanctuary.

Photos 1 & 2: Betty Adler

10/02/2023
Visit our sukkah at this weekend's World Culture Festival --https://wcf.artofliving.org --on the National Mall. Enjoy ac...
09/30/2023

Visit our sukkah at this weekend's World Culture Festival --https://wcf.artofliving.org --on the National Mall. Enjoy activities related to Sukkot themes of Welcoming the Stranger and Tikkun Olam.

Step back in time as you enter one of the Museum’s most treasured artifacts–-a synagogue opened in 1876. Sit in a restor...
09/22/2023

Step back in time as you enter one of the Museum’s most treasured artifacts–-a synagogue opened in 1876. Sit in a restored pew used by one of DC’s early congregations as an immersive film fills the sanctuary evoking early Jewish life in the capital region.

Enter one of the Museum’s most treasured artifacts – a synagogue opened in 1876, in time for the US centennial. Since then, the building has been relocated several times to accommodate construction in a changing city. Today, it provides a space for visitors to imagine the experiences of the past...

"Gay is good." -- Frank Kameny, 1968
09/15/2023

"Gay is good." -- Frank Kameny, 1968

L'shanah tovah! 🍎🐝🍯It is with joy & gratitude for our friends & supporters that we look forward to the new year. This pa...
09/15/2023

L'shanah tovah! 🍎🐝🍯

It is with joy & gratitude for our friends & supporters that we look forward to the new year. This past year was a time marked by great celebration & transformation as we realized the dream of a Jewish museum for the nation's capital.

Local stories, inspired by our Jewish values, now have a broad reach because of the tremendous support of our community. You are an essential part of the Museum's success. Thank you!

Image: Rosh Hashanah postcard sent to Herman Blumenthal at 7th Street, NW, 1908. Capital Jewish Museum Collection, Maurice & Flora Atkin Collection.

**Limited No. of Tickets Added**The RBG WorkoutThu, Sep 28, 6:30pm | $20Work out with RBG’s personal trainer, Bryant Joh...
09/13/2023

**Limited No. of Tickets Added**
The RBG Workout
Thu, Sep 28, 6:30pm | $20
Work out with RBG’s personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, while being entertained with Johnson’s memories of his time with the late Justice.

🎟 https://www.simpletix.com/e/the-rbg-workout-tickets-133045

Stop by the Gewirz Family Museum Shop and pick up books, postcards, and gifts inspired by our collection and exhibitions...
09/13/2023

Stop by the Gewirz Family Museum Shop and pick up books, postcards, and gifts inspired by our collection and exhibitions. Choose from our Rosh Hashanah selection, including notecards, serving dishes, mini embroidery kits, and more. 🐝🍎🍯

All proceeds help support the Museum’s education programs.

This week, Robert Aubry Davis profiles the Museum and the "Notorious RBG" exhibition for WETA  Around Town Best Bets.
09/12/2023

This week, Robert Aubry Davis profiles the Museum and the "Notorious RBG" exhibition for WETA Around Town Best Bets.

Every week, WETA critics are bringing you the must-see arts in and around DC: Our best bets in film, theater, museums, and more!

**Special Offer**New Members at the Household Level ($180) and above will receive a complimentary, Member tote featuring...
09/10/2023

**Special Offer**
New Members at the Household Level ($180) and above will receive a complimentary, Member tote featuring a line drawing of the historic synagogue. 🕍

All new members will receive two, free, additional months of benefits.

Other benefits include 10% savings in the Shop, advance registration for programs, and free admission to the exhibition, Notorious RBG.

Join today at the link in bio!

Block Party is happening today -- rain or shine -- from 11am-3pm.  Please enter at 3rd & F Street, NW [map: 575 3rd St, ...
09/10/2023

Block Party is happening today -- rain or shine -- from 11am-3pm. Please enter at 3rd & F Street, NW [map: 575 3rd St, NW]🎟️Free; Walk-ins welcome: https://bit.ly/3DNucHW
Don't miss our new year/new museum celebration!

09/09/2023

Sunday is guaranteed to be a day of great music, good food, and excellent conversation! Join us, Minnush, Jews United for Justice, and 20+ other partners for our New Year/New Museum Block Party.

Tickets | Free: https://bit.ly/3DNucHW

09/09/2023
09/07/2023
On their way to Sixth & I , Susan Barocas and The Cooking Gene stopped by to see the exhibition, "Connect. Reflect. Act....
09/07/2023

On their way to Sixth & I , Susan Barocas and The Cooking Gene stopped by to see the exhibition, "Connect. Reflect. Act." Both are featured in the section "Am Yisrael Chai! / The Jewish People Live!" which answers the question, who is Jewish Washington?

Fun Facts:
📘Twitty is a culinary historian and author who writes about African, African American, and Jewish food histories and their intersections. He also headlined our inaugural Capital Jewish Food Festival in October 2022.

🥘Barocas directed the Washington Jewish Film Festival, launched the Jewish Food Experience in 2012, and was the chef for three of President Obama’s White House seders. She donated a 60-year-old Oster hand mixer, used by her and her family, to the collection. She used this same mixer for decades to make the many traditional Sephardic foods that her father taught her to make as a child.

Images:
Susan Barocas and Michael Twitty in the Capital Jewish Museum's exhibition "Connect. Reflect. Act." / Michael Twitty in conversation with Nycci Nellis, Capital Jewish Food Festival 2022. Chris Ferenzi Photography. / Susan Barocas’ hand mixer, c. 1960s. Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of Susan Barocas.

Beach too far? Beat the record-breaking heat with us! We're open from 11am-8pm today/Wednesday and 11am-6pm Thursday thr...
09/06/2023

Beach too far? Beat the record-breaking heat with us! We're open from 11am-8pm today/Wednesday and 11am-6pm Thursday through Sunday.

Image Caption: Members of the local YWHA & YMHA at North Beach, MD, 1919. / CJM Collection. Gift of Bender JCC of Greater Washington

Image Description: Black and white photo of 20+ young men and women in bathing suits, plus two men in semi-professional dress, on a beach and gathered together on a pier for a photo. North Beach, MD, 1919.

Congrats to  on their 130th anniversary: https://bit.ly/3sOuxI3 !NCJW has had a lobbying presence in Washington for over...
09/05/2023

Congrats to on their 130th anniversary: https://bit.ly/3sOuxI3 !

NCJW has had a lobbying presence in Washington for over 125 years, but in 2018, it permanently relocated its headquarters from New York City to 17th and L Streets NW. Proximity to lawmakers, the group explained was vital in its work to meet the "most urgent social and economic challenges facing women, children, and families.”

On view: Corkscrew, 2020. Capital Jewish Museum Collection,

Image Description:
A blue corkscrew, with the message "screw the patriarchy/NCJW" printed in white, was given to members of Congress by members of NCJW lobbying on The Hill.

Learn this story and more in the exhibition, "Connect. Reflect. Act."

Thanks for a great event, GatherDC!
09/04/2023

Thanks for a great event, GatherDC!

Block PartySun, Sep 10, 11am-3pmJoin us and 20+ partners and peers at our free Block Party as we celebrate the new year ...
09/04/2023

Block Party
Sun, Sep 10, 11am-3pm

Join us and 20+ partners and peers at our free Block Party as we celebrate the new year and new museum! Featuring live music, pop-up programs and activities, merch from artisans & makers, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, and more. [Weather Forecast: 83 degrees] Tickets: https://bit.ly/3DNucHW

1882 Foundation
Bread for the City
Casey Trees
ConnectJew
Edlavitch DCJCC
HIAS
Jews United for Justice
National Building Museum
Sixth & I
Street Sense Media
Theater J
Interfaith Power & Light DC MD NoVa
Angry Millennial Designs
capitalstitchco
Catalyst Hot Dogs
City-State Brewing
Foxprintcards [IG]
Minnush
Schneider's of Capitol Hill
Soultarian
Tovavi

The Community Action Lab is where inspiration becomes action as visitors are invited to expand on the lessons of the exh...
09/02/2023

The Community Action Lab is where inspiration becomes action as visitors are invited to expand on the lessons of the exhibitions and engage with hands on-activities, resources, and more. Since opening in June, the Lab has hosted drop in poster making activities, a workshop with an artist, family storytime, and more.

Photo credit: Imagine Photography

Join us on Sun, Sep 10, as we celebrate the New Year and new museum with a free block party featuring live music from Mi...
09/01/2023

Join us on Sun, Sep 10, as we celebrate the New Year and new museum with a free block party featuring live music from Minnush, who combine traditional Sephardic songs with contemporary elements of American folk, funk and jazz, creating serious, joyful, relevant, and fresh music.
https://bit.ly/3DNucHW

On View: 👑Notorious RBG: The Life & Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg👑Organized & circulated by Skirball Cultural Center, thi...
08/29/2023

On View: 👑Notorious RBG: The Life & Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg👑

Organized & circulated by Skirball Cultural Center, this is the first museum retrospective of the Supreme Court Justice–turned–cultural icon, based upon the Internet phenomenon and bestselling book. Plan your visit: https://bit.ly/44q8ViG

Image: Exhibition title wall featuring the "Notorious RBG" book cover illustration by Adam Johnson. Courtesy of HarperCollins. Photographs: Crown © by Hurst Photo/Shutterstock. / Star of David window from the Hebrew Home for the Aged on Spring Road, NW. Construction began on a five-story addition in 1951 that would be topped with two iconic Star of David windows that towered over the surrounding neighborhood.

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On this day in 1926, after a years long campaign to bring multiple Jewish organizations under one roof, our building opened its doors to the public.

In a membership program guide, the Center's mission was stated: "The democratization of culture. To make the finer things of life--education, music, the arts--more popular, and at the same time to have all participate in the program on equal basis which underlies the theory of American citizenship, constitutes at once a purpose and a function."

Thank you to the Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum for sharing this membership guide!
Today is Museum Selfie Day! The Greater Washington area is home to some of the most amazing museums in the world, and we can’t wait for the new Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum to join the lineup! Send us your best museum selfies for a chance to be featured on our Instagram!
From our friends at Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum

“That’s what it means to be Jewish.”

Enjoy a virtual program featuring six contemporary stories that highlight the intersection of American Jewish values and activism. Performed by The Braid, the leading storytelling company, presented by the Capital Jewish Museum.

Tonight at 7 p.m. — Reserve 🎟️ https://bit.ly/3DTX6Ui
From our friends at Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum:

“There is only just and un-just.”

Be inspired by six stories, from three-generations of Americans, that explore the intersection of Jewish values and activism. Performed by the cast of The Braid, presented by the Capital Jewish Museum.

Reserve 🎟️ https://bit.ly/3DTX6Ui
From our friends at Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum:

Watch a storytelling performance featuring the tales of six ordinary Americans, motivated by their Jewish values, to fight racism, poverty, climate change, oppression, and more. Performed by the cast of The Braid.

Register > https://bit.ly/3DTX6Ui
As part of the DC Preservation League's 50th Anniversary, join us this month for events that highlight sacred spaces in !

The nation's capital is home to an abundance of historic places of worship. In addition to serving as important cultural and social spaces for their communities, these sites contribute greatly to the 's historic character.

~Upcoming Events~

12/5: Dumbarton United Methodist Church: Stained-Glass Windows Tour (Members-Only, In-Person)

12/8: Stewardship for Climate Action Program 3: Optimizing the Heritage Conservation Continuum for DC (Free, Virtual)

12/9: Virtual Workshop: 2022 Preservation Initiatives Grant Program (Free, Virtual)

12/16: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Washington National Cathedral (Members Only, In-Person)

12/17: History in Motion: The Many Lives of Washington’s First Purpose-Built Synagogue with the Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum (Free, Virtual)

Visit our website to learn more about these programs and register today: https://www.dcpreservation.org/calendar/

[Photo of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church: https://historicsites.dcpreservation.org/items/show/380]
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"What I would like to see is a collection that reflects the Jewish community it claims to represent. My job is to fill gaps in the collection of stories of Jewish Washingtonians. There were no stories of LGBTQ Jewish Washingtonians in our collection."
Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum
From rendering to reality, we were to partner with architect and Tom Ford’s worldwide director of store planning Robert Zweig as a part of Sukkah City x DC—a public display of creative sukkahs hosted by the Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum and National Building Museum in Washington D.C. in celebration of Sukkot.

Robert’s design pays tribute to traditional sukkahs while incorporating readily available, standard building elements—and you can vote for it as the fan-favorite here: capitaljewishmuseum.org/sukkahcity/.
Sukkah City, the Sukkot-themed urban design challenge kicked off in New York's Union Square in 2010, has arrived at the nation's capital. Sukkah City x DC features seven inventive takes on sukkahs from top design firms in an eye-catching display of public art around the National Building Museum and the Edlavitch DCJCC. The sukkahs will be on display until Sunday, October 3.

📷 by Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum

Architects at the Baltimore-based firm Hord Coplan Macht designed and built a unique sukkah for Sukkah City x DC, a public art installation presented by the Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum and the National Building Museum, in collaboration with the Edlavitch DCJCC. Esther Furman, one of the architects behind this sukkah, said that the use of strings for the sukkah shows how "everyone is significant and is needed to make up a community."
"S" is for "sukkah." Read Lisa Traiger's story about City x DC with photographs by Ron Sachs/CNP Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum
https://www.washingtonjewishweek.com/79141-2/
2021 was the first time HumanitiesDC offered a funding opportunity for Humanities Festivals/Events/Conferences/Meetings Partnership Grant.

Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum was one of the ogranizations to receive this funding. Check out their amazing festival Sukkah City x DC! It is open and on view now through October 3, 2021!

For location details see below.