Kara will introduce plans for the Capital Jewish Museum, a new museum and cultural center in development downtown just blocks from the U.S. Capitol. With Washington’s first synagogue as its centerpiece, the Capital Jewish Museum will inspire audiences to connect, reflect and act: connect across families and diverse communities, reflect on the relevance of history to today, and act on behalf of their values and community. The museum will have an unconventional, experimental spirit — engaging visitors through immersive storytelling, dynamic programs, and hand-on interactive experiences that explore the city’s story through a Jewish lens. As a forum for storytelling, conversation and civil discourse, the museum will serve as an “in-between space” for Jewish and interfaith families, many unaffiliated with synagogues, to connect with Jewish life and culture.
As Executive Director of the Capital Jewish Museum, Kara Blond is leading the planning, design and construction of a new Jewish museum for the nation’s capital in downtown Washington. Kara spent the previous 15 years at the Smithsonian Institution, overseeing complex, transformative exhibitions at the National Zoological Park and the National Museum of Natural History, where she served as Director of Exhibitions