Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum

Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum The historic 1876 synagogue is the oldest synagogue building in the nation's capital and has been the Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum since 1975.

Adas Israel Congregation’s first synagogue, originally located at Sixth & G Streets, NW, was completed in 1876. The congregation worshipped at the building until they outgrew it in 1908, when a larger synagogue structure was completed a few blocks away. The building was then sold and was used for a variety of disparate purposes, including a succession of churches, a bicycle shop, a barber shop, and a pork barbeque carryout restaurant. Unprecedented partnership between federal government, city government, the Jewish Historical Society, and the local Jewish community saved the building from demolition in the late 1960s. It was moved three blocks down G Street, to Third and G Streets, NW, on December 18, 1969. The Society has stewarded this historic building since then. The historic synagogue now is used for children’s programs, lectures, musical performances, commemorative ceremonies, and community events, in addition to being open for tours. Tours are offered by advance appointment, Tuesday - Friday, at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.

Operating as usual

MAKE HISTORY WITH USThe 1876 synagogue is moving again!Thursday, November 3, 2016Estimated 10:00 a.m.Bring your family a...


The 1876 synagogue is moving again!

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Estimated 10:00 a.m.

Bring your family and friends to witness the historic building make its SECOND move, an exciting step in our transformation. The move is estimated to take an hour.

The Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum will move 30-40 feet into Third Street, NW. In a few years, the synagogue's THIRD and final move -- one block south to Third & F Streets, NW -- will bring it to its permanent site, where it will become the heart of our new museum.

• Read about the building's first move in 1969 -
• Peruse our Facebook album, “Move Prep and Construction, 2016” -
• Follow us at Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington and on Twitter @jhsgw for event-day updates
• The move will be covered LIVE at Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington and Twitter

701 Third Street, NW (corner of 3rd & G Streets, NW), Washington, D.C.

**Please note that due to the nature of construction projects, the date and time is subject to change.**

When was this opened?

When was this opened?

About 30 Jewish immigrant families resigned from Washington, D.C.’s only synagogue, Washington Hebrew, to form a more traditional, or Orthodox, alternative: Adas Israel (Congregation of Israel). These men and women, mostly from German-speaking states, sought a worship service more akin to the one they remembered from Europe. For several years, they met in rented rooms and struggled to raise funds to build their own synagogue.


701 3rd St NW
Washington D.C., DC

Opening Hours

Monday 13:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00


(202) 789-0900


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