The National Museum of
American Jewish Military History

1811 R Street NW, Washington, D.C 20009. | 202-265-6280 | |

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Docent Program:

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.

We will provide training, and any necessary materials, before you begin your time commitment. It is recommended that our docents have some ability interacting with, and speaking to, the general public. Our days of operation are Monday–Friday 9am to 5pm; and we are happy to work around your schedule.

In exchange for the donation of your time, we offer honorary Museum membership, a copy of all exhibition catalogues, and an invitation to all exhibition openings, lectures and special events, as well as the annual volunteer appreciation lunch.

Please contact Mike Rugel at, or by phone at (202) 265-6280 and sign up to give a gift of your time well spent. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Museum volunteer staff is growing!

Marcia F. Waldstreicher pictured on the right with visitor.

Marcia F. Waldstreicher, who is a University of Maryland University College Student majoring in History, has come aboard as a museum docent and administrative assistant. Her enthusiastic style and genuine desire to learn and share provided the perfect fit for her duties. And within a few days, Marcia proved to be a valuable team player by suggesting ideas and implementing them for a Veteran's storytime tour that was presented to a local Men's group. She has also written book reviews and is currently researching information on the founding fathers of the Jewish War Veterans.

Collections and Archives:

Volunteers and interns will assist the museum staff on a variety of projects related to the collections, archives, and exhibitions of the museum. Volunteers are needed for a variety of short term projects such as assisting with inventories or the creation of indices. The NMAJMH also has a collections internship program which is designed to provide research opportunities and practical, hands-on experience to students pursuing a graduate-level degree in museum studies, museum education, library / archival science, or public history. Duties to include assisting with photo-digitizing collections and incorporating images into collections database, re-housing collections, general object research, object care and maintenance, and cataloguing and processing artifacts. For further information on Collections Management or Archival internships, please contact Pamela Elbe, Collections Manager and Archivist at

Education and Outreach:

Volunteer Match

Volunteers needed to assist in efforts to increase Museum attendance, school group tours and public recognition. Training will be provided. Useful experience: Marketing, education and development techniques. For further information on this program, please contact Mike Rugel at

Please visit Volunteer Match to see volunteering opportunities currently available at the NMAJMH.

Educator at Work

Dr. Sheldon Goldberg and students from the Ohr Kodesh Jewish Day School.

Dr. Sheldon Goldberg, docent at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History poses with students from Ohr Kodesh Jewish Day School in Bethesda, Maryland after speaking to them about his Air Force career and being Jewish in the military.  Dr. Sheldon Goldberg recently earned his Ph.D from the University of Maryland at the age of 73. Dr. Goldberg began his military career in 1955 in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve but switched to the U.S. Air Force in 1956 where he enlisted as a bandsman. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1961 and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1985. During his 30-year military career, he accrued over 5000 flying hours, flew  214 combat missions as an F-4 "Phantom" Weapons Systems Officer during the war in Southeast Asia, where he was twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism. His service also took him to the United Kingdom where he flew the F-111 nuclear-capable fighter-bomber, to Germany as the U.S. Air Force Advisor to the Commandant, German General Staff College, and the Netherlands, where he was the Air Staff Planning Officer at Headquarters, Allied Forces Central Region. Dr. Goldberg is both a past (twice) Commander of the Greenberg-Lerner Post 692 in Rockville Maryland and is currently serving a second term as National Executive Committee member from the Department of Maryland. Dr. Goldberg is also the Commander of the General George G. Meade Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars, Ft. Meade Maryland. Dr. Goldberg has been giving tours of the Museum to visitors on a regular basis and has been called upon to speak to many Jewish school and synagogue groups about his interesting and varied careers, both in the military and government, as well as the history of the Jewish War Veterans. If you are interested in having Dr. Goldberg address your group or synagogue or if you would be interested in becoming a docent at the museum, please contact Mike Rugel at 202 265 6280 or

Dr. Goldberg, on graduation day, with his advisor, Professor Jeffrey Herf

Dr. Goldberg, on graduation day, with his advisor, Professor Jeffrey Herf

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