Lincoln’s Jewish Legacy and Jews in Pa Mining Towns Among Local Lectures for Jewish American Heritage Month

Lincoln’s Jewish podiatrist, Isachar Zacharie / courtesy of Jewish World Review

May heralds in the ninth commemoration of Jewish American Heritage Month! The official website has been updated with upcoming events at venues such as the National Gallery of Art, the National Archives, the Library of Congress and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington is teaming up with two of these organizations to present events:

The Society is also hosting a challah sale—four loaves for $24 to benefit it’s educational programs with pick up at their offices or free delivery in Penn Quarter. Deadline is May 4; sign up here.

On May 3, the Foundation for Jewish Studies and Congregation Beth El in Bethesda are co-hosting Jews, Protestants and the Secularization of Modern America with historian/professor Dr. David Hollinger.

Please comment with any other area events below!

Past JAHM coverage on JewishDC: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009.


Jewish Historical Societies Seek to Honor Our Chaplains at Arlington National Cemetery

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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.