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SOLD OUT – Yiddishe Mamas: Mother’s Day Walking Tour
May 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Looking for a special way to celebrate with your family this Mother’s Day?
Sign up for the Museum at Eldridge Street’s Yiddishe Mamas walking tour on Mother’s Day. This Lower East Side walking tour focuses on the experience of Jewish women in the neighborhood. Hear about anarchist Emma Goldman; Visiting Nurse Service founder Lillian Wald; wigmaker and mikvah attendant Gittel Natelson; delicatessen queen Sarah Gellis, and others.
The tour begins at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a magnificent 1887 landmark located at 12 Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side. We begin with a tour of this historic site along with a light brunch of bagels, spreads, rugelach, and other treats from local eateries. Then we follows in the footsteps of pious women and prostitutes, activists and artists, freethinking feminists and tough-talking balabustas.
Tour stops include the women’s gallery and new stained glass window by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans in the historic 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue; the home of the Jewish Daily Forward, the widely-read Yiddish newspaper which carried news of the ladies garment workers union; the Educational Alliance, where immigrant women learned English and countless artists got their start; the oldest continuously-operating mikvah (Jewish ritual bath) in the United States; and Henry Street Settlement, where young mothers took their children to the city’s first off-street playground.
The Museum at Eldridge Street welcomes all – dads and grandfathers, too! – and encourages participants to bring multiple generations of their family.