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

Past Visitors


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.


The 31th Annual DKMC Walk Weekend

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.


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

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

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.


Visit from The Hebrew Academy Community School in Margate, FL

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

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.


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

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.

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"

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

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.


Advocacy Mission Group from Camp Tel Yehuda

LtCol Sheldon Goldberg addressing the campers of 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.


FAMILY STORIES

Pictured are museum visitors sharing their 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.


Women's Role in American History Reexamined, Celebrated - Bernice Baumel

Pictured are Museum Collections Assistant Mike Rugel, Museum Docent Marcie Waldstreicher, Bernice Baumel and great niece Jill Baumel

Bernice (Baumel) Harwood enlisted in the WAVES in 1944 and signed up as a hospital corpsman and became trained as one of only eight Acrylic Eye Illustrators in the United States. Pictured here at a recent visit to the museum with Museum Collections Assistant Mike Rugel, Museum Docent Marcie Waldstreicher and great niece Jill Baumel. Read her story on page 44 of the Women in the Military: A Jewish Perspective catalog.


Visit from the Israeli Embassy

Pictured are Minister Public Diplomacy Noam Katz, Museum Director Col.  Herb Rosenbleeth and Director of Strategic Outreach of the Embassy of Israel Deydra B. Cavazos

Noam Katz, Minister Public Diplomacy, and Deydra B. Cavazos, Director of Strategic Outreach of the Embassy of Israel with Museum Director Col. Herb Rosenbleeth touring our exhibits. The two organizations also met to discuss co sponsorship opportunities.


"...Remember, Honor and Teach" - mission of Wreaths Across America "...Documents, Preserves and Educates" - mission of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History

Shown in picture one  are (from left to right), WAA Chairman Wayne and Ann Hanson, Judith and JWV National Commander Sheldon Ohren, and WAA Co-founders Karen and Morrill Worcester viewing the Mother's Grief exhibit.

Co-Founders of Wreaths Across America Morrill and Karen Worcester and Chairman Wayne Hanson and wife Ann shared the day with staff and leadership. We look forward to working together in honoring our veterans.

Shown in picture two are (from left to right), WAA Chairman Wayne Hanson, Museum President Norman Rosenshein, WAA Co-Founders Karen and Morrill Worcester, JWV National Commander Sheldon and wife Judith Ohren, Museum Director Herb Rosenbleeth with  Collections Assistant  and the day's tour guide, Mike Rugel viewing items in the Hidden Treasures exhibit.

A Sunday Visit to the Museum

Members of the Samuel Gompers - Benjamin Franklin Masonic Lodge # 45 in Washington DC took advantage of the Sunday museum hours and brought friends and family. JWV/ Museum Member/ Docent Dr. Sheldon Goldberg led the tour adding interesting insights of his own tour of duty in combat as an F-4 Weapons Systems Officer with the 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron (Nite Owls) of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing (Wolfpack) at Ubon, Thailand, the only night-dedicated fighter squadron in the U.S. Air Force. Thank you for visiting! If your Lodge or Synagogue or Club wishes to join us at the Museum on a Sunday, please contact Mike Rugel at (202)265-6280 x104 or mrugel@nmajmh.org and find out what we have to offer.


Texans Come to DC

Kit and brother Hunter, all the way from Pipe Creek Texas, visited the museum. Dressed in uniforms used for museum study they traveled the exhibits in style answering questions posed to them in the museum 'treasure hunt' game. They left with a firm knowledge that Jews served (and do still serve) in America's armed forces. As a thank you, each student received books on Jewish military service for their school library. Thank you for visiting Kit and Hunter. We loved having you.

If your school is planning a trip to Washington, DC this summer, come visit us. Please call (202) 265-6280 for a scheduled tour.

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