Sunday, June 4th – 34th Annual Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium Walk Weekend

Stretch your legs and your mind during the 34th Annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk (June 3rd and 4th). Five diverse museums will open their doors free of charge for this weekend long celebration in one of Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Discover Anderson House, Dumbarton House, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, The Phillips Collection, Read more about Sunday, June 4th – 34th Annual Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium Walk Weekend[…]

May 26th – Annual National Memorial Day Shabbat

The National Museum of American Jewish Military History presently lists 56 identified Jewish service people who have given their lives in defense of our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. On this Memorial Day weekend, and hopefully countless Memorial Day weekends thereafter, we are asking all of the synagogues Jewish organizations throughout our nation to read Read more about May 26th – Annual National Memorial Day Shabbat[…]

Suggested Prayers for Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives in service.  We ask those around the country to read the names of the Jewish fallen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, these are suggested prayers from our museum chaplain Michael Bloom for religious services, community events and other observances. Eil Maleh Rachamim Read more about Suggested Prayers for Memorial Day[…]

American Passovers in Europe in the First World War

The U.S. entered WWI on April 6, 1917. That night was Erev Pesach. If there were any Passover observances in the tiny American military that day, they would have been small personal affairs. Later that week, the Jewish Welfare Board (initially called the Jewish Board for Welfare Work) was founded to  to help manage Jewish affairs Read more about American Passovers in Europe in the First World War[…]

CPL Herbert Blum: Hitler as the Modern Haman

Corporal Herbert Blum sent this Purim card (issued by the Jewish Welfare Board) home to his parents in Jersey City. Blum worked for the Army Air Forces as a cryptographic technician during WWII. He served in Europe with the 327th Signal Company, 8th Air Force in 1944 and 1945. His eloquent and poignant words: “Dear Folks, History repeats Read more about CPL Herbert Blum: Hitler as the Modern Haman[…]

April 2nd, 1:00 pm – Frank Lavin – Home Front to Battlefront

Frank Lavin, author of Home Front to Battlefront will join us to discuss the World War II experiences of Carl Lavin. Carl Lavin was a high school senior in Canton, Ohio, when Pearl Harbor was attacked. In his freshman year of college, he joined the reserves, a decision that would take him with the US Read more about April 2nd, 1:00 pm – Frank Lavin – Home Front to Battlefront[…]

February 18th, 10:45am – True Honor Film Preview

Join us at 10:45 am at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport for a preview screening of the in-progress documentary True Honor. True Honor presents the incredible and inspiring stories of 17 American Jewish heroes who received the Nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. This includes the story of Tibor Rubin, a Holocaust Read more about February 18th, 10:45am – True Honor Film Preview[…]

Nazi Propaganda in the Hands of American Jewish Soldiers

Nazis were masters of propaganda. Much of it was designed to enforce their anti-Jewish ideology. The ideas expressed in the propaganda materials were appalling and frightening when spread by the Third Reich. However, the significance and meaning of these materials changed when acquired by new hands, specifcally by Jewish hands. This folding leaflet disguised as an Read more about Nazi Propaganda in the Hands of American Jewish Soldiers[…]