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Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival

June 17 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free

Celebrate the diverse ethnic communities of the Museum at Eldridge Street’s Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhood! With the Museum’s home, the landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue, as its centerpiece, this neighborhood festival spills out onto the street with a mash-up of Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican tastes, traditions, sights, and sounds.

SCHEDULE

ON THE STREET

12:00                Welcome music and march, Zisl Slepovitch and Litvakus/Steve Weintraub, Klezmer Dance Instructor

12:05                Welcome remarks, Hanna Griff-Sleven and ZaoZao Wang, Festival coordinators

12:10                Klezmer music and dance, Zisl Slepovitch and Litvakus/Steve Weintraub, Klezmer Dance Instructor

1:00                  Chinese folk music, EastRiver Ensemble of the Mencius Society for the Arts

1:50                  Bomba and plena, Julia Gutierrez with Los Pleneros de la 21,presented by Naomi Sturm

2:40                  Chinese Opera, Qi Shu Fang’s Peking Opera, intro by ZaoZao Wang

3:30                  Klezmer music and dance, Zisl Slepovitch and      Litvakus/Steve Weintraub, Klezmer Dance Instructor

 

IN THE STREET – ONGOING

Northern Chinese Dumplings |Xiao Weili
Empanadas | Yalisza Suren
Kreplach | Emily Halpern
Puerto Rican Vejigante (mask making) | Felipe Rangel

Mah Jongg lessons and play | Open Door Senior Center
Share Your Story | Tenement Museum

Make Your Own Yarmulke
Make Your Own Tzedaka (Charity) Box
Make your Own Tangram (Chinese Puzzle)


IN THE MUSEUM – MAIN SANCTUARY

12:10                Chinese Senior Center Folk Orchestra, presented by ZaoZao Wang

12:40                Chazzanut (Jewish Cantorial Music), Cantor Eric Freeman

1:10                  History of the Eldridge Street Synagogue

1:25                  Chinatown Senior Center Folk Orchestra, presented by ZaoZao Wang

1:55                  Chazzanut (Jewish Cantorial Music), Cantor Eric Freeman

2:30                  History of the Eldridge Street Synagogue

2:45                  Chinese Folk Music, EastRiver Ensemble of the Mencious Society for the Arts

Jewish Scribal Arts | Rabbi Zelig Mandel

Chinese Calligraphy | Wei Tang

 

IN THE MUSEUM – BALCONY

Chinese Tea Ceremony, Ken Lo

IN THE MUSEUM –  LOWER LEVEL

Jewish Papercutting | Adam Whiteman
Chinese Papercutting | Ling Tang
Chinese Paper Folding | Ah Lin Fung
Challah Making | Rachel Wetter
Puerto Rican Lacemaking | Elena Martinez


About the Festival

This neighborhood festival began almost two decades ago as a celebration of Jewish and Chinese culture in our shared neighborhood. Today it has become the Museum’s signature event, welcoming thousands of guests each year. Since it’s inception it has expanded to acknowledge and celebrate the integral contributions of the area’s longstanding Puerto Rican community.

Blog Post: A behind-the-scenes look at our Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival.

The Festival showcases cultural commonalities while preserving the distinctive voice of each community. Highlights of this year’s festival include performances by klezmer virtuoso Zisl Slepovitch and Litvakus, the Chinatown Senior Center Orchestra, EastRiver Ensemble and Cantor Eric Freeman.

The festival lies at the heart of the Museum at Eldridge Street’s mission. In the most public and joyful of ways, we celebrate the synagogue’s Jewish culture and heritage and embrace the ethnically diverse neighborhood in which it now stands.

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Details

Date:
June 17
Time:
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free

Venue

Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Organizer

Museum at Eldridge Street
Phone:
212-219-0302
Email:
contact@eldridgestreet.org
Website:
http://www.eldridgestreet.org