Jewish Aviators in World War II book now available

Jewish Aviators in World War II: Personal Narratives of American Men and Women is now available at Amazon or in the museum store. Author Bruce Wolk is supporting the museum with proceeds from sales. Based on interviews with more than 100 Jewish air veterans, this oral history features the recollections of pilots, crew members and support personnel Read more about Jewish Aviators in World War II book now available[…]

Guard of Israel – Bencin Riseman and Family in the First World War

Russian-immigrant Bencin Riseman joined the Massachusetts National Guard and served on the Mexican Border in 1916. When that conflict ended, Riseman returned home to Boston, where he had worked for the city as a constable. The Great War was raging in Europe and Riseman anticipated the need for a growing military in the U.S. He began recruiting men Read more about Guard of Israel – Bencin Riseman and Family in the First World War[…]

Mimouna Celebration – May 1

In partnership with Sephardic Heritage in D.C. and the Jewish Study Center, we’ll be hosting a Mimouna celebration on the afternoon of May 1st. It’s a traditional North African custom when Passover has ended and it’s time to start eating chametz again. Registration is required at http://www.shindc.org/event-registration/. In addition to the traditional foods, music and customs, we’ll Read more about Mimouna Celebration – May 1[…]

Jerome Steigmann’s Dog Tags

The “H” on the front of PFC Jerome Steigmann’s Marine Corps dog tags labeled him as a Jew. The Magen David with the Hebrew word “Zion” on the back identified him as a Zionist.  The star was designed as a pendant for a chain, but Steigmann affixed it to the back of his dog tag Read more about Jerome Steigmann’s Dog Tags[…]