Upcoming NMAJMH Events

Tuesday, January 31st, 7:00pm
Night at the Museum


In partnership with EntryPointDC and George Washington University program in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts.

Join us after hours and hear from Professor Jenna Weissman Joselit, renowned Jewish American History Professor at GWU!

Tuesday, January 31 from 7:00-9:00 pm

$10 In Advance, $12 at the Door – Includes wine and appetizers. Please register in advance.


Saturday, February 18th, 11:00am
True Honor Film Preview

A preview of the in-progress film True Honor includes the incredible and inspiring stories of 17 American Jewish heroes who received the Nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. Filmmakers from the Jewish War Veterans Department of California will join for a Q&A session.

Location: Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington VA 22202





Sunday, April 2nd, 1:00pm

From Homefront to Battlefront

Frank Lavin, author of Home Front to Battlefront will join us to discuss the World War II experiences of Carl Lavin.

Carl Lavin was a high school senior in Canton, Ohio, when Pearl Harbor was attacked. In his freshman year of college, he joined the reserves, a decision that would take him with the US Army from training across the United States and Britain to combat with the 84th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge. Home Front to Battlefront is the tale of a foot soldier who finds himself thrust into a world where he and his unit grapple with the horrors of combat, the idiocies of bureaucracy, and the oddities of life back home—all in the same day. The book is based on Carl’s personal letters, his recollections, and those of the people he served beside, official military history, private papers, and more.

Home Front to Battlefront contributes the rich details of one soldier’s experience to the broader literature on World War II. Lavin’s adventures, in turn disarming and sobering, will appeal to general readers, veterans, educators, and students of the war. As a history, the book offers insight into the wartime career of a Jewish Ohioan in the military, from enlistment to training through overseas deployment. As a biography, it reflects the emotions and the role of the individual in a total war effort that is all too often thought of as a machine war in which human soldiers were merely interchangeable cogs.

Frank Lavin is the son of Carl Lavin. Frank has served as a US ambassador, White House aide, banker, and trade negotiator. He currently works in business in China.