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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Representing the District of Columbia

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Norton Commemorates D.C.’s Oldest Synagogue’s Move to Site of New Capital Jewish Museum

Jan 9, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today spoke at a ceremony to celebrate the District of Columbia’s oldest synagogue, dedicated in 1876, being moved for the third time in its history to serve as the centerpiece of the new Capital Jewish Museum.  She stressed the importance of preserving the District’s oldest synagogue, which will become a city-wide gathering place and commemorate the many contributions of the District’s local Jewish community.

“The new Capital Jewish Museum will be a one-of-a-kind site in our city,” Norton said.  “The Museum celebrates both a religious and a civic tradition.  It is enormously gratifying to commemorate the significance of this important piece of the history of our nation and our nation’s capital.”