Washington State Jewish Historical Society (WSJHS) proudly offers exhibits that tell stories about the aspirations and interests of Jewish residents of Washington state and how our history has impacted both the local Seattle community, statewide Washington state Jewish communities, and the greater global community.
Please contact the WSJHS office for more information about our traveling exhibits and to make arrangements to borrow them.
Agents of Change
Agents of Change features women who have made their mark in a wide array of fields including arts, activism, athletics, education, business, diplomacy, law, politics, religion, and philanthropy. This exhibit celebrates the breadth and depth of the contributions Jewish women are making every day in Washington state and our world.
- 22 Panels
- First exhibited: 2018
Shalom! Sefarad traces the history of Seattle’s Sephardic community. The road from Spain to Seattle began to take shape in the early 20th century when two groups of Jews from the Mediterranean (one from Turkey and one from Rhodes, Greece) began immigrating to the United States. Ultimately, they found their way from Ellis Island to the tall timbers and salt waters of the Pacific Northwest, where they founded Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, respectively. The Turks and Rhodeslis are quick to point to their nuanced differences, yet they are united through a joyful spirit that defines Seattle’s Sephardic community.
- 44 Panels
- First exhibited: 2017
Passport to Washington
Passport to Washington captures the stories of Jewish migrations to Seattle. Themes of this exhibit include arts, education, music, food and wine, science and medicine, public affairs, and technology.
- 26 panels
- First exhibited 2016
Shalom! Open For Business: Tales of Jewish Merchants in Washington State
Shalom! Open for Business explores the Jewish immigrant experience of building better lives in the Pacific Northwest. Learn stories of the triumphs and challenges faced as these immigrants found their place in a new society. Discover a century of Jewish merchants whose business innovations ranged from selling supplies to Alaskan gold prospectors to establishing businesses that still operate today.
- 68 panels
- First exhibited 2014
Distant Replay! Washington's Jewish Sports Heroes
From horse racing to basketball, boxing, football, tennis and more, Distant Replay! captures the stories of Jewish athletes in Washington state.
- 27 panels
- First exhibited 2012
Who's Minding the Store
Who is Minding the Store offers a window in the lives of Jewish merchants in both Pierce and King counties. Many of these pioneers fled persecution in their countries and were drawn to the Pacific Northwest by family, friends, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Highlights of this exhibit include the stories of the Schwabacher Brothers, Jacob Furth, Alfred Shemanski, Adolph Friedman, and Isaac Pinus, Adolph Packscher.
- 185 panels
- First exhibited 2009
The Musical Legacy of Samuel E. Goldfarb
The Musical Legacy of Samuel E. Goldfarb recounts the fascinating life of “Mr. Jewish Music of Greater Seattle.” Samuel E. Goldfarb was a pioneer American Jewish composer and arranger who also served as the Music Director of Temple De Hirsch Sinai from 1930-1967.
- First exhibited in 2006
Dolls for Democracy
Dolls for Democracy exhibits a unique collection of dolls, made up of miniaturized three dimensional portraits of important figures in history. Most were handmade by doll artist Cecil Bullard Weeks from the 1940s through the 1970s. The collection represents many interesting people, including George Washington, John F. Kennedy, and Haym Salomon.
- 2 panels
- 42 dolls
- First exhibited 2009
Family of Strangers
Family of Strangers tells the unlikely story of how Jews isolated in the farthest northwest corner of the country, coming from the largest centers of American Jewish life, speaking different languages (German, Yiddish, Ladino), and following different religious customs came together. These disparate groups created thriving philanthropic, religious, and cultural organizations and developed a community whose members played a significant part in the history of Washington state.
- 32 panels
- First exhibited 2004