The National Museum of
American Jewish Military History

1811 R Street NW, Washington, D.C 20009. | 202-265-6280 | |

The National Museum of American Jewish Military History

The museum’s core exhibit, Jews in the American Military, shows Jewish participation in the American military from 1654 to today. Artifacts from a Revolutionary War rifle to the uniform of a casualty of the War in Iraq along with photos, video, and interactive media illustrate the experiences of those Jews who have worn the uniform of our country.

Jews in the American Military Exhibit

Welcome to The National Museum of
American Jewish Military History

The National Museum of American Jewish Military History, under the auspices of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, documents and preserves the contributions of Jewish Americans to the peace and freedom of the United States, educates the public concerning the courage, heroism and sacrifices made by Jewish Americans who served in the armed forces, and works to combat anti-Semitism.

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NMAJMH News & Special Announcements

What's happening at the Museum?

Upcoming holiday closures:

Shemini Atzeret – Monday, October 5th
Simchat Torah – Tuesday, October 6th

Museum open on Sunday, October 25th from 12 - 4
with book talk from Elaine Berkowitz at 1:00.

Upcoming Events

Live Life… Love Country

Sunday, October 25, 1:00 pm – LTC Elaine Berkowitz – Live Life… Love Country
Daughter, Aunt, Great-Aunt, Dentist, Soldier, Volunteer, Friend. Dr. Elaine H. Berkowitz will discuss her book Live Life… Love Country and her experiences in the Army as a dentist around the world. Dr. Berkowitz will describe her fascinating experiences as a Jewish female soldier in Iraq, Kosovo, Pittsburgh and elsewhere.

Wednesday, November 11, 1 – 5 pm – Veterans Day at the Museum – In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, come tour the museum and bring your family for activities to support and thank veterans of the U.S. military.

Single Handed

Friday, November 13, 6:00 pm at Washington Hebrew Congregation - Daniel M. Cohen, author of Single Handed will share the inspiring true story of Tibor "Teddy" Rubin, Holocaust survivor, Korean War hero, and Medal of Honor recipient, at the annual Shabbat service that honors veterans and service members at Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Thursday, December 10 – Annual Hanukkah Party

Tuesday Nights Class Series at NMAJMH
Jewish Life in the Military - Three Perspectives
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Study Center

Michael Bloom

October 20, 7:00 pm - 'A Truly Jewish Life in the Military’

A fascinating and little-known history of the ways the American military has supported Jewish life for those in the armed services, starting back in Civil War days with the amazing commitment of Civil War troops to keep as active a Jewish life as possible in extremely difficult circumstances and the innovative ways Civil War soldiers (both North and South) observed Passover and The High Holy Days. Then there’s the 100-year-old Armed Forces Siddur/Prayerbook and the story of how, during World War II, the military convened a unique committee of rabbis of all groupings in Judaism to offer halachic and other Jewish legal guidance to soldiers in active service.

Instructor Michael Bloom serves as National Deputy Chaplain of the Jewish War Veterans, chaplain of the NMAJMH and chairman of the General Wingate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. He is the author of books on national security, law enforcement, Judaism and humor and has lectured widely at area JCCs and synagogues, as well as teaching many courses for the Study Center. He also serves as Baal Koreh (Torah reader) at the Pentagon and as a docent at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.

Sheldon Goldberg

October 27, 7:00 pm - Jews in the Military Since 1654: A Brief History.

A quick introduction to a long and illustrious history, with a chance to tour the museum’s new permanent exhibition and a look at Jews who have won the military’s Medal of Honor. Instructor Lieutenant Colonel Sheldon Goldberg is a historian and docent for the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. He has had a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force, where he served with the Strategic Air Command and in the headquarters of the Allied Forces Central Europe, and later as a curriculum development chief at the Air War College. After retirement, he served 16 years at the CIA, where he received the Career Intelligence Commendation Medal.

Steven Rein

December 1, 7:00 pm - Military Ethics From a Jewish Perspective: A Chaplain’s View.

Instructor Steven I. Rein is Rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, VA. Since 2005 he has served as a reserve chaplain in the United States Air Force, including at bases in Massachusetts, Colorado, Ohio and locally at Bolling AFB (DC), Langley AFB (VA) and Andrews Joint Base (Maryland). He was promoted to Captain in 2010.
Adas, JSC members $40, others $55/Single Sessions $15/$20

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Remembrance Walk

The Remembrance Walk waits for engraved pavers!

Be a part of this worthwhile endeavor by purchasing a paver with a customized inscription commemorating a comrade, friend, or loved one. So far more than 250 beautiful commemorative bricks have been set on the pathway leading up to our door! Our Remembrance Walk allows museum visitors and supporters to recognize the contributions Jewish Americans have made to the preservation of peace and freedom in the United States of America. Order form

Certificate Program

Make a donation to the museum in honor or in memory of someone important to you, and we will send that person (or their loved ones) a certificate with a personalized message from you. Whether you want to recognize a life, a birthday, an anniversary, or a special accomplishment, we will create a customized certificate for any occasion. We offer a variety of sizes and presentations and we can also send you or your organization blank certificates to fill in and hand out at your own convenience. Certificate order form

Museum Hours

Mon - Fri: 9AM to 5PM

Closed Sat and most Jewish and Federal holidays

Open Sunday for 6 or more people by appointment only

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Joseph Zoldan, PNC President

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