The National Museum of
American Jewish Military History

1811 R Street NW, Washington, D.C 20009. | 202-265-6280 | www.NMAJMH.org | nmajmh@nmajmh.org

The National Museum of American Jewish Military History

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?


Construction of New Permanent Exhibit Has Begun


After many years, we’ve taken down Women in the Military and Rescue and Renewal to make way for a new permanent exhibition. Please excuse the work being done on our lobby level. Our second floor exhibits remain open including Hidden Treasures, Hall of Heroes: American Jewish Recipients of the Medal of Honor, A Mother's Grief and Major General Julius Klein: His Life and Work. We look forward to the new permanent exhibit opening November 11, 2014!


Remembrance Walk on Target


The Remembrance Walk waits for engraved pavers!

Remembrance Walk on Target – The Remembrance Walk now holds over 240 inscribed pavers with over $75,000 raised for the museum! Congratulations all who have donated to this noteworthy endeavor. Be a part of it - help preserve the contributions of Jewish Americans to maintaining the peace and freedom of the United States of America by purchasing a paver. Contributing to the NMAJMH Remembrance Walk Program is a great way to honor a family member or memorialize a loved one. Also, a paver on our new museum walkway makes a wonderful birthday or holiday gift.


New mini certificate program


There are many reasons to say something and now there is a good reason to say it. The NMAJMH is starting up a new mini campaign within the Certificate program. From now until February 28, 2013, NMAJMH will provide ONE free certificate for every four blank certificates ordered. That is FIVE 6 x9 blank certificates for $40.00 instead of $50.00! Certificates have to be ordered at the same time. For more information, contact Mike Rugel at 202-265-6280 or mrugel@nmajmh.org. Click on Museum Store here on our website.



Past News & Special Announcements »

Museum Outreach

Members of Covered Bridge Post 536

Members of Covered Bridge Post 536, Manalapan, NJ stand in front of Museum Traveling Display shown at the Sons of Israel Synagogue in Englishtown, NJ. With the efforts of QM Manny Stone, the Post has purchased 7 traveling displays and has several of them on display in different locations. Along with the displays Manny requested museum brochures as well and proudly hands them out to visitors, saying proudly "Did you know we have a museum?" Pictured from left to right are PC Ben Rothenberg, PC lou Raiman, Sam Yablonsky, Leo Rosenzweig, Nat Esagui, Ben Boydman, Lou Towber, and QR Manny Stone.


Docent Search


The National Museum of American Jewish Military History (NMAJMH) is seeking docents to lead walk-in visitors as well as pre-arranged tour groups, of both children and adults, through a variety of exhibits that explain and examine the role of Jews in American military history. The NMAJMH is affiliated with the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, and is dedicated to the mission of preserving and creating public awareness of the contributions of Jewish Americans in the Armed Forces. A contribution of your time is an immeasurable gift, and a great asset, to our organization. For more information please click here.


Visit to Talmudical Academy


The National Museum of American Jewish Military History's Michael Rugel and Herb Rosenbleeth visit third grade classes at the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore, MD.

The National Museum of American Jewish Military History's Michael Rugel and Herb Rosenbleeth visit third grade classes at the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore, MD.


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The Future of the NMAJMH

The Future of the NMAJMH


Design for Permanent Exhibition Unveiled


The Future of the NMAJMH

The National Museum of American Jewish Military History proudly unveils the design for our new permanent core exhibit. The NMAJMH has been working with Quatrefoil Associates to put together a conceptual design for an exhibition that will cover the entire span of Jewish service in the American military. This new exhibit will be the core of the NMAJMH and is our most ambitious undertaking yet.

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Celebrate 358 Jewish Life in America 1654-2012

Adobe Acrobat PDF FileView the National Museum of American Jewish Military History’s tribute to 359 years of Jewish service in the American militaryOpens in New Window


Norman Rosenshein, PNC President

Meet the President of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History


Generation Great


Compiled by County Cable producer Barbara Grunbaum over more than a 10-month period, "Generation Great" features interviews of 16 World War II veterans living in Montgomery County MD. The interviews were done in preparation for the Montgomery County Honors World War II Veterans program held September 2012 which honored more than 150 Montgomery County-area World War II veterans. Featured WWII veterans are: Pierre Causa, John Henry Chaney, Sam Einbinder, Milton Eisen, Paul Forbes, Al Frumkin, Norman Ikari, William Iwanicki, Charles McGee,Donald McKee, Edwin Morgenstern, Boris Osheroff, Demitri Paris, Edith Ratner, Betty-Printz Long Sims, and Seymour Steinberg. Sam Einbinder, Milton Eisen, Paul Forbes, Edith Ratner and Edwin Morgenstern are JWV members. A copy of the video has been obtained by CCM and is currently showing at headquarters on the main exhibit floor. To view the video online visit http://montgomerycountymd.gov/ccm/Vday_Interviews.html. Video appears on the right of the screen.

Visitors to the
National Museum of American Jewish Military History

The Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley

The Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley

Middle School 6th & 7th Grade students discuss the answers to the Museum Treasure Hunt game with Mike Rugel, Museum Coordinator.


31th Annual DKMC Walk Weekend

The 31th Annual DKMC Walk Weekend

June 8, 2013 the NMAJMH and JWV, hosted an afternoon of FAMILY STORIES as part of the 31th annual DKMC Walk Weekend. Pictured on top is Lillian (Krell) Swerdlow (on Screen) who was SKYPED in and her son Michael (at podium). Lillian is one the last remaining WWII Army Air Corp Nurses and is featured in our Women in the Military Exhibit. She recently celebrated her 92nd birthday and her memoirs entitled To Quiet the Fears of Others: The Story of a WWII Army Nurse has been published by WWII Experience. In addition to her son Mike, her brother Gerald Krell, (third from the left front) and nephew Adam Krell (videographer) and many other family and friends attended the event in her honor.

Pictured on bottom is audience and guest speaker Grace Guggenheim, daughter of renowned filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, who introduced Charles’s last film. BERGA: Soldiers of Another War, depicts a little known story about 350 American prisoners who after being captured during the Battle of the Bulge were caught in the tragedy of the Holocaust.


Teens from The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester’s Zikaron Teen Trip with Sam Smith, Education Director of The Civil War Trust

Visit from The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester’s Zikaron Teen Trip

Pictured here with Sam Smith, Education Director of The Civil War Trust, are teens from The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester’s Zikaron Teen Trip who visited us during a recent trip to DC. Sam Smith brought with him a “trunk” filled with fun and exciting Civil War trivia.


The Hebrew Academy Community School  in Margate, FL are pictured here with Collections Assistant,  Mike Rugel (center)

Visit from The Hebrew Academy Community School in Margate, FL

Students from The Hebrew Academy Community School in Margate Florida are pictured here with Collections Assistant, Mike Rugel (center), who holds the uniform worn by Fallen Hero PFC Daniel Agami, presented to the NMAJMH by Agami family. Shani Agami, sister to Daniel, was a student at the school.


Singing and lighting of the Menorahs. Chaplain Michael Bloom discussing the Maccabees and the history Chanukah. Collections Assistant Mike Rugel captures photos and stories from our archives.

Lighting candles at our 3rd annual Chanukah party Dec. 4, 2013

This year the NMAJMH carried on the tradition of celebrating the Festival of Lights and acknowledging our connection to a tradition of military service dating back to the Maccabees to present day with pictures and stories from the field.


Veterans Day November 11, 2013 Theatrical Reading of 'Dear Mom and Dad: A Celebration of the life and service of Sergeant Herbert Rosencrans' Haya Leah Molnar reading text from Dear Mom and Dad

Veterans Day November 11, 2013 Theatrical Reading of "Dear Mom and Dad: A Celebration of the life and service of Sergeant Herbert Rosencrans"

Sergeant Herbert Rosencrans, the first-born son of Jewish immigrants from Russia and Austria, was the boy every Mom and Dad wishes for and prays will become the man every Mom and Dad looks up to. Herb's legacy lives on not just in the memory of his family but in the letters he wrote to them which trace his love of family and country. Catherine Ladnier discovered hundreds of photographs and letters written during WWII, all saved by her mother Eva. She was struck by the poignancy of the stories during this most difficult time. Haya Leah Molnar's parents were Holocaust survivors and hid her Jewish identity until she was 7. Catherine and Haya forge a bond based on their love of telling the stories of those who fought and died for their generation and generations to follow; to tell the stories of "ordinary" folks who were called upon to do extraordinary things. Shown in the first picture is Catherine Ladnier with great nephew of Sergeant Herbert Rosecrans, Jay Rosencrans. Second picture shows Haya Leah Molnar.


LtCol Sheldon Goldberg addressing the campers of Camp Tel Yehuda

Advocacy Mission Group from Camp Tel Yehuda

On July 9, 2013, an advocacy mission group of young people from Camp Tel Yehuda added the Jewish War Veterans and the NMAJMH to their list of places to check out as they visited with several veterans advocacy groups in advance of their lobbying trip to Capitol Hill. JWV/NMAJMH member, LtCol Sheldon Goldberg provided highlights of his military service and an in-depth tour of the exhibit Hall of Heroes: American Jewish Recipients of the Medal of Honor. If your group would like a special program at the museum, contact Mike Rugel at (202) 265-6280 for more information.


Pictured are museum visitors sharing their stories

FAMILY STORIES

June 2, 2013 the NMAJMH and the JSC, as part of the 30th annual DKMC Walk Weekend, hosted an afternoon of FAMILY STORIES that were presented by local and not so local families. Their stories along with Author Jason Abady's, Battle At the Overland Trail: One Night of Combat on Guadalcanal, book and DVD are available online and in house for the entire month of June paying tribute to Sons, Fathers and Zadies.

Pictured from left to right:

Diane (Niedes) Kaplan, wife of, WWII Flying Tiger Veteran, Robert Kaplan, Mary Ann Kaplan, wife of son Ronald Kaplan, and Ronald Kaplan.

Jeff Krulik, independent film producer, introducing Hitlers Hat.

Dana Yankowitz, granddaughter of WWII veteran Abraham Mintz, reading Chicken Soup, one of her grandfather's stories from his service in WWII.

Bob Kott, son of WWII veteran Lt. Jerry Kott, reading a tribute to his father.

Rhoda Yankowitz, daughter of WWII veteran Abraham Mintz reading the Bookseller, one of her father's stories written when he was in the military

Audience

Roz Timberg, representative of the JSC introducing a film clip collage of the late independent film producer and brother Buddy Timberg

Ronald Kaplan paying tribute to his father, Robert Kaplan and introducing the film Happy Birthday Grandpa. Alex Kaplan (not shown), son of Ronald Kaplan and grandson of Robert Kaplan, produced the film for his grandfather's 87th birthday in 2011. Robert Kaplan, we are sad to say, passed 21 days before the viewing

Bob Yankowitz, son-in-law of Abraham Mintz reading "I Was a Gun-Runner" – one of Abraham Mintz's stories from his military service.

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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Purchase a Leaf on Our Tree of Honor

Congratulations to all and thank you.
The initial Tree of Honor is fully dressed, all 652 leaves have been sold and inscribed and two additional panels of 100 leaves have been installed Click here for order form
Please contact the Museum Coordinator at (202) 265-6280 with any questions or to participate in this rewarding program.