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

Our History

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

Our History

Chartered by an Act of Congress on September 2, 1958, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History 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. Meaningful and timely exhibits and educational programs explain the role of American Jews in the armed forces throughout American history and document the numerous other contributions made by Jewish American veterans to America's cultural, social and political history. The Museum, located in Washington, DC, near Dupont Circle, is the national repository for the collection of objects, documents and memorabilia of Jewish American veterans. Two full floors of our building (approximately 6,000 sq.ft) are devoted to exhibitions. Extensive artifacts and archives are stored in climate-controlled storage areas (approximately 5000 collections of personal papers and 10,000 museum objects). The Museum has 2,500 members, its newsletter, Museum News, is sent to 50,000 people, and it serves over 10,000 visitors annually. There are five paid staff and three volunteers. It is open Monday - Friday from 9am to 5pm. On Sundays closed except for previously arranged tours. There is no admission charge. Arrangements for group tours are generally made by advance registration; however, we do accept unscheduled group arrivals. Our hours and group tour program are publicized through the general museum brochure, local newspapers and the newsletter. The first professional staff member, the Archivist, was hired in 1988. In 1990 a Curator, Administrator, Administrative Assistant, and Accountant were hired. An active internship and volunteer program is in place. The Museum normally presents one new exhibition every other calendar year. Our primary changing exhibition gallery on the main floor and our lower level gallery currently feature:

  • Hidden Treasures: Selections from Our Permanent Collection.
  • Hall of Heroes
  • Rescue & Renewal: GIs and Displaced Persons
  • Women in the Military: A Jewish Perspective
  • Major General Julius Klein: His Life and His Work
  • Jewish War Veterans' Protest March Against Nazi Germany - 75th Anniversary
  • A Mother's Grief

Past exhibitions include:

  • Reconnaissance and Recollection: Military and Civilian Photographs from World War II, the photographs of Sy Weinstein.
  • An American, A Sailor and A Jew: The Life and Career of Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy, USN (1792- 1862)
  • GIs Remember: Liberating the Concentration Camps
  • Candid Moments in the Military: Snapshots from World War I through Operation Desert Storm
  • Jewish Soldiers and Operation Desert Storm
  • Perspectives on Patriotism
  • Lives Under Fire
  • Making A Difference! A History of the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.

The Museum originated and is circulating eight traveling exhibitions:

  • Hall of Heroes: American Jewish Recipients of the Medal of Honor
  • Rescue & Renewal: GIs and Displaced Persons
  • Women in the Military: A Jewish Perspective
  • An American, a Sailor, and a Jew: The Life and Career of Uriah Phillips Levy
  • GIs Remember: Liberating the Concentration Camps
  • Candid Moments in the Military
  • Salute to Jewish Military Chaplains
  • National Museum of American Jewish Military History: A Resume of Exhibits Past and Present (color images)

Museum publications include:

  • Hall of Heroes
  • An American, A Sailor and A Jew: The Life and Career of Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy, USN (1792- 1862)
  • GIs Remember: Liberating the Concentration Camps

The Museum has been featured on Fox TV News, Channel 4 NBC News and twice on WETA's "Around Town." The Museum's exhibitions have been favorably covered in numerous publications and featured in many guidebooks, including: Detroit Jewish News; World War II magazine; Daily Press (Newport News, VA); Northern Virginia Sun; New York Times; Washington Post; Baltimore Sun; Washington Jewish Week; Washingtonian magazine; Washington City Paper; Jewish Exponent (Philadelphia); Stars and Stripes; AAA Guide to Washington; Annapolis Capitol; Amit Magazine; Fodor's Guide to Washington; The Forward; Hadassah Magazine; Jewish Museums of North America; Sightseers Guide to Washington; Washington Flyer; Washington Times.  Newly erected city street signs point potential visitors and tourists toward the Museum. Recent large mailings inviting three hundred tour bus companies and travel agents to bring their groups and increased listings of this Museum in guidebooks to Washington, DC, have brought steadily growing numbers of tours and visitors. As a result of all of the above, annual visitation has increased to over 10,000 annually.

Museum Prospectus

This National Museum of American Jewish Military History prospectus provides a current picture of the Museum, its mission, how the NMAJMH receives its funding, current officer listings, and programs and exhibits presently offered. In addition the booklet provides information on the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A., listing current activities and officers. Also included is an essay on the impact of the Jewish War Veterans organization on American Jewry written by the late Dr. Seymour Weisman, NMAJMH Senior Fellow.

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