Washington Hebrew Congregation, which followed other Jewish congregations in adopting Reform practices to better assimilate into American life. The Adas Israel synagogue, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was dedicated on June 9, 1876. The president at the time, Ulysses S. Grant, attended the ceremony, marking the first time in American history that a president visited a synagogue.
The congregation moved to another location in 1908 and the synagogue was then used for commercial purposes. Interest in the building grew among Jewish congregation members in the late 1950s. In the mid-1960s, the Metro system wanted to demolish the building. Thankfully, this did not happen and the building was moved to 3rd and G St. The move to F Street will occur in 2017.