DC’s Historic First Synagogue Moves! Again!

Lilian and Albert Small Jewish Museum during its first move in 1969 / image courtesy of Wikipedia

Hot off the presses of the Washington Postthe building, which housed the first Jewish synagogue in DC is slated to be moved. And this isn’t the first time, either.

In December 1969, The Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum was moved to Third and G Streets to make way for the Metro headquarters. Now, it will be moving slightly over to Third and F Streets to make way for mixed development.

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, which promotes and cares for this piece of Jewish history, has set up a blog so that the public can monitor the progress of this latest move. Check it out for more recent news coverage.

This Synagogue/Museum has been called “The Wandering Building,” a reference to the Medieval figure of The Wandering Jew, but I’d also like to think that it’s continuing existence in the Washington area, plus that expanding flock of Jews, to which this synagogue was a foundation almost 200 years ago, speaks to our endurance as a community.

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