Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington | Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum

Collections: Objects of the Month

July 2012: Stained glass window

stained glass windowObject No.: 2003.6.1
Donor: Fred Litwin
Description: Stained glass window in wooden frame, approx. 3' x 5'. Purple, green, and orange design with central Star of David.

Background: Originally from a Brooklyn synagogue, this stained glass window was purchased by Fred Litwin in 1980. For more than 20 years, he displayed it in his antique furniture store at 637 Indiana Avenue, NW.

Housed in one of the oldest remaining commercial buildings in the city, Litwin's was one of the last furniture stores that once crowded the Seventh Street area. The 1960s had brought redevelopment to the area and small businesses struggled to stay. When Litwin closed his shop in 2003, he donated the window to JHSGW. The building, now about 185 years old, is now home to a Potbelly Sandwich Shop.

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