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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What's happening at the Museum?

Special Summer Sunday Hours:
We’ll be open Sundays, 1 – 5 p.m. all summer long!

Upcoming Event

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.

Community Events

World War II films at the DCJCC:

Forbidden Films – Buy Discounted Tickets
Tuesday, August 11, 7:30pm

Dir. Felix Moeller (94min, Germany, 2014)
German with English subtitles

The Nazi regime produced over 1,200 feature films, mostly political propaganda, a handful of which were crafted specifically to engender anti-Semitism among the masses. Of these hideous artifacts, 40 remain banned from public viewing to this day for their incendiary content.

In Forbidden Films, director Felix Moeller brings us into the vaulted, explosive-resistant compound where the reels are kept and then interviews renowned film historians and filmmakers who debate the importance of these “Nazi movies of the poison cabinet:” are they worth keeping? Do we need to show them? How do we approach this dark legacy?

70th Anniversary of WWII’s End: BBC Worldwide America Film Series
Sunday, August 16, various times

All films are free and open to the public. Reservations encouraged.

Sunday, August 16, 12:15pm

The true story of Hans Litten, the Jewish lawyer who forced Hitler to testify in a 1931 trial about the rising violence of the Nazi party.

Sunday, August 16, 2:15pm

The previously untold story of the fight to invent Radar by Scotsman Robert Watson Watt (Eddie Izzard) and a team of unproven and unknown British scientists. Watt’s ambition was initially dismissed by the Oxbridge-dominated establishment including Winston Churchill as “Castles in the Sky.”

Sunday, August 16, 4:15pm

At a 1941 meeting, two brilliant physicists and longtime friends, Denmark's Niels Bohr (Stephen Rea of The Crying Game) and Germany's Werner Heisenberg (Daniel Craig), find themselves on opposite sides of World War II. Based on the eponymous Tony Award-winning drama by Michael Frayn.

Sunday, August 16, 6:15pm

An intimate film—featuring an all-star cast—about how author PG Wodehouse came to face a charge of treason during the Second World War and how this quintessential Englishman, creator of Jeeves and Wooster, became an exile from his own country and never set foot on English soil again.

Featured Video

The Future of the NMAJMH

View the NMAJMH's Yahrzeit ProgramOpens in New Window

NMAJMH's Yahrzeit Program

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Click to View the Mourner's Kaddish

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, 1 - 5 p.m.

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Joseph Zoldan, PNC President

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