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

Youth Education: Programs

Bring your synagogue, school, or youth group for an unforgettable Jewish museum experience.

Required:
Advance registration
One adult chaperone per every 10 students. $6/adult thereafter.

To request a program reservation, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

1876 Synagogue Walking Tours Living History

Historic 1876 Synagogue

Due to space constraints, we can only accommodate 30 students at a time in the historic synagogue. Larger groups can be accommodated by adding a walking tour or multiple visits.

Please be advised that our historic sanctuary is accessible only by climbing a staircase. Please let us know if members of your group are unable to climb the stairs, and we will try to make arrangements to make their visit comfortable and enjoyable.

1 hour - $136 for up to 20 students; $6/student thereafter

Children with tzedakah box modelsA Synagogue Story (K - 3rd grades)

Students learn about the history and preservation of our 1876 synagogue and create models of the synagogue building.

An Immigrant Story (3rd - 7th grades)

Students learn about the Jewish immigrant experience in Washington, D.C., at the end of the 19th century by analyzing primary source materials, including photographs, letters, and documents.

Building Detective (3rd - 7th grades)

Students unlock the mysteries of our historic building by comparing it to other familiar sites and learn about the building's diverse history. A discussion of historic preservation follows.



Walking Tours

Downtown Jewish Washington (versions for 6th - 12th grades)

Students tour former synagogue buildings, Jewish businesses, and homes in the "old Jewish neighborhood" of downtown D.C., now known as Judiciary Square and Chinatown.
1 hour - $136 for up to 20 students; $6/student thereafter

Old Town Alexandria (versions for 6th - 12th grades)

Learn Old Town Alexandria's long and storied Jewish history, from the 1850s to today. Includes the sites of two former synagogues and Jewish businesses along King Street—even some with traces of past Jewish owners.
1 hour - $136 for up to 20 students; $6/student thereafter

Arlington National Cemetery (versions for 6th - 12th grades)

Tour sites related to Jewish history and military heroes, including the Confederate Memorial by Sir Moses Ezekiel and the new Jewish Chaplains Memorial.  This tour includes a bit of walking. 
2 hours (can be lengthened upon request to include the Tomb of the Unknowns and Changing of the Guard)
$180 for up to 25 students - ask for accommodations for more students



Sue Holliday as Anna ShulmanLiving History

45 minutes -- $350/program at your location

Anna Shulman: The Queen of H Street (3rd-12th grades)

This one-woman show tells the entertaining and true life story of Anna Shulman, her arrival in the U.S. and in Washington, and her impact on the H Street neighborhood, home to Jewish merchants in the 1920s and 1930s.  Contemporary students unfamiliar with their immigrant heritage will learn how immigrants such as Anna repaid their debt of welcome by helping subsequent immigrants in their turn.