CrossTalk DC Conversations: Jewish Life in Washington, DC During and After the Civil War

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 6:00 pm
Folger Theatre
Free, reservations required

Samantha Abramson, Program & Outreach Manager of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, explores Jewish life and key personalities during the Civil War, and the changes the war brought for the city's newly expanded Jewish community.

Samantha Abramson is the Program & Outreach Manager at the Society, leads tours and supports programs exploring Washington's Jewish roots. She holds a Masters in Museum Studies with concentrations in administration and exhibition development from The George Washington University and a Bachelors degree in History with minors in English, Jewish Studies, and Spanish from the University of Minnesota.

The Jewish Historical Society explores the unique Jewish heritage of Washington as hometown and as nation's capital. It engages and inspires adults and children through exhibitions, its landmark historic synagogue, public programs, and educational initiatives. The Society collects, preserves, and shares material culture that documents the story of the Jewish community in the Washington, D.C., region as a lens through which broader national and international history may be explored. We are planning for the move of our historic synagogue and building of a new museum as part of the Capitol Crossing development. The Jewish Historical Society is a partner organization of CrossTalk: DC Reflects on Identity and Difference.

This program is one part of a nation-wide initiative, Humanities in the Public Square, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and aimed at fostering meaningful dialogue in communities about the most pressing issues of the day.