A few weeks ago, I got an email from The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. Perhaps most well known for their cultivation of Washington’s oldest surviving synagogue, the organization is now turning its head to a future development. They are looking for 100 contributors to raise $10,000 for a monument honoring Jewish chaplains. The monument will be erected on Chaplains Hill (where clergy service members from other faiths are honored) at Arlington National Cemetery.
Jews have served American military interests since The Revolutionary War. Now, along with The Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, JHGW is fleshing out other sites of Jewish interest around this important military resting place.
For more information on Jews in the army, check out the also locally-based National Museum of American Jewish Military History. To donate to the monument, click here.