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?

New Exhibit

Join us for latkes, jelly doughnuts, gelt and song! We'll explore how Jews in the American military have continued the tradition of the Maccabees. Admission is free!

Bring your own Chanukah menorah for a group lighting. In the spirit of Chanukah, we are collecting gifts of gently used coats, warm clothing and accessories to be donated to homeless veterans.

Upcoming Jewish Study Center classes at the museum

December 2 - When Freedom Summer Came to Hattiesburg. Instructor: Marc Fisher.
Many Jews joined the marches, bus rides and demonstrations that visited Southern cities like Hattiesburg, MS, to fight for civil rights half a century ago. For the Jews who lived in those Southern communities, though, things were more complicated. Washington Post senior editor Marc Fisher traveled to Hattiesburg last summer and learned why many Jews back then were reluctant to join in. He’ll discuss the article he wrote for Moment magazine about those difficult days.

December. 9 - The Future of the Alliance: What Do We Do With Our History? Instructor: Aaron Jenkins.
The African American and Jewish communities, through the enduring relationship made famous in the 1960s, remain at the forefront of the social justice movement. How can we use this history? Aaron Jenkins is executive director of Operation Understanding DC, a highly regarded intensive program for Jewish and African American high school juniors and seniors. He will discuss how the next generation in both communities can continue the work inspired by these values.

Upcoming Events

February 19, 1:00 p.m. - Robert Fried, Ed.D. - Discovering the remarkable story of an uncle’s World War II service
Milton Wolfson, Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps was among the brave airmen who flew out of Italy in the final year of World War II. Until very recently, Sergeant Wolfson’s nephew, Dr. Robert Fried, knew only that his uncle had died while serving in Europe. Dr. Fried will describe discovering the story and what happened on Mission 139 of the 485th Bomb Group in which Wolfson and nine other airmen were killed.

The Future of the NMAJMH

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NMAJMH's Yahrzeit Program

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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

New mini 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

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