Response to Israel Attacks & Ways to Support

Collecting the Now

The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History is collecting artifacts related to the events, emotions, and experiences of American Jewish individuals and communities on and after October 7, 2023. Help us ensure that this historic period is documented and preserved for future generations. Learn more and submit your objects here.

Image: poster at the November 14, 2023 March for Israel in Washington D.C.


Weitzman Response

The staff and leadership of The Weitzman stand proudly in solidarity with Israel following the horrific attack on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas on October 7.  An attack on Jews for existing is an attack on us all. Read the Weitzman’s detailed position on Israel here.  

Image: Print, Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel. Arthur Szyk, New Canaan, Connecticut, 1948. Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, 1984.18.7. Congregation Shaare Eli.


Kids Touching Screen at NMAJHSupport the Weitzman

We must replace lies and conspiracy theories with the true stories of American Jews. These are the stories The Weitzman tells.  

To support the Weitzman’s vital work teaching the powerful stories of American Jewish life as an antidote to antisemitism, please donate now.



Israeli Flag on Weitzman Façade

On October 12, the Museum installed a large-scale Israeli flag on facade of our building facing Independence Mall. The flag is a highly visible public expression of support for Israel just days after Hamas’ heinous attack. 

Thank you to Color Reflections for subsidizing the costs, with additional support from a growing list of donors. Read the full announcement here


(20)23 Blessings

Inspired by the weekday evening Ma’ariv prayer service and composed by Weitzman chief of staff Arthur Sandman, we hope you find these “(20)23” blessings helpful for your prayers and meditations. Find the full prayer here


‘Hamas’ in the Torah

“The earth is filled with Hamas. It will always be. But we are not free to desist from eradicating it.” Museum Chief of Staff Arthur Sandman writes a weekly reflection on American Jewish history and current events as they connect to the week’s Torah portion. This week, he reflected on the meaning of the word, “Hamas.” Read the full essay here


Honoring the Hostages

The Weitzman keeps the hostages held by Hamas top of mind through public-facing signage, participation in community Shabbat Table installations, and other efforts. You can find information and resources including printable sign templates at

Thank you to Street Media for generously donating the Museum’s hostage crisis signage.

Resources on the Conflict


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Activities 11 am – 4 pm | Museum & Store 10 am – 5 pm

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