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Lost & Found Music Series

The Museum at Eldridge Street's Lost & Found Music Series extends our preservation mission, presenting Jewish musical forms that are at risk of disappearing, and looks at the way Jewish music influences and draws inspiration from other cultural traditions.


The Morris Kaplan Scholar-in-Residence Program

The Museum;s landmark site has a long history as a place of Jewish learning. Join us for classes on the bible, Jewish history and culture, and memoir writing and genealogy. The Museum’s lifelong learning is funded, in part, by the Alice Lawrence Foundation.


Preservation Detectives Family Program

Binoculars? Check. Notepads? Check. Magnifying glasses? Check. Preservation Detectives, grab your tools and prepare for adventure. Step into a world filled with color, stories, and secrets. Climb stairs, count stars, open doors, even peek inside these 125 year old walls. Each month features a different theme, art project, and a new discovery.


Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture Series

Presented with the Center for the Living City, this series celebrates the life and legacy of preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006). In her work and in in influential book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), she argued that urban renewal did not respect the needs of most city dwellers.


Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival Slideshow

Our annual block party, taking place every June, is a joyous cross-cultural celebration paying homage to the Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican communities of our neighborhood. Enjoy music, food, folk art demos and crafts, including klezmer and cantorial music, Chinese opera, Yiddish and Chinese lessons, mah jongg, scribal arts and more. Check out a photo gallery of all the amazing festival activities.

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June 2016
Wednesday mornings, June 1, 8,15 and 29 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

How to Advocate for Yourself in the World

There are many definitions of the word advocate and hundreds of advocacy groups. As former Public Advocate of the city of New York, Betsy Gotbaum will describe how she interprets the role of this position, what were the important issues she confronted and where people can turn to within and without city agencies when confronted with a myriad of problems She will give examples of problems and issues, and ask the class to share their own experiences with advocacy.  

$75 for four-session class

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Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 pm

Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture – Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

Landscape designer and preservationist Elizabeth Barlow Rogers will speak about the legacy of author and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities. Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Rogers.

Pay what you wish.

Presented with the Center for the Living City and the Central Park Conservancy

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Sunday, June 19 from noon to 4 pm

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival

Celebrate the Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican communities of the Museum’s Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhood at the Museum’s annual block party.  What to expect? Lots of fun, including klezmer, cantorial, Peking opera, bomba and plena music; Hebrew and Chinese scribal art, yarmulke making, Chinese and Puerto Rican mask making; games of Mah Jongg; community arts and crafts; and, of course, kosher egg rolls, egg creams, empanadas and other tasty traditional foods!

This event is free

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Thursday, June 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

After Hours: Treasures of the Archives

A ceramic spittoon, a hand-embroidered silk ark cover made from a curtain, and a mysterious glass container holding a pile of ashes. Hear the human stories behind secular and sacred artifacts in the Museum’s collection on this behind-the-scenes tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. You’ll also get to see some very special Lower East Side objects brought over from the City Reliquary’s collection that recall the neighborhood’s Jewish immigrant past. As with all of our After Hours events, there will be time to mingle and explore our permanent exhibition with wine and a nosh.

$30 per person

Presented with the City Reliquary Museum

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Sunday, June 26 at 3 pm

Talk and Music: The Life of Irving Berlin with Ted Chapin and cast members from Holiday Inn

Composer and musician Irving Berlin was born in 1888 in Belarus. With his family, he fled to New York via Antwerp’s Red Star Line at the age of five to escape the anti-Semitic pogroms. In conjunction with the opening of an exhibition on the Red Star Line at Ellis Island, we pay tribute to Berlin’s life and his work. Ted Chapin, President of the Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Red Star Line historian Bram Breelaert will provide biographical context. Cast members from HOLIDAY INN, the new Irving Berlin musical opening on Broadway this fall, present Berlin’s earliest musical works, including vaudeville and Yiddish songs influenced by his experience growing up on the Lower East Side. Expect some unusual twists including a Yiddish version of “God Bless America.”

$16 adults; $12 students and seniors

Presented with Flanders House, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Roundabout Theatre Company

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July 2016
Wednesday, July 13 at 6:30 pm

Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Ronald Shiffman, Mindy Thompson Fullilove & Sandy Ikeda

A panel including Ronald Shiffman (planner, architect and NYC community development leader), Mindy Thompson Fullilove (psychiatrist interested in the links between the environment and mental health), and Sandy Ikeda (Professor of Economics at Purchase College), will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities.  Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce the group.

Pay what you wish. RSVP requested.

Presented with the Center for the Living City. Sponsored by the Pratt Center for Community Development.

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Thursday, July 14 at 7 pm

Dan Rose Quartet

Enjoy an evening of jazz favorites from the Great American songbook in our beautiful main sanctuary. The repertoire includes works by Jewish American songwriters George and Ira Gershwin, Lerner & Lowe and more. Includes a wine reception.

$25 adults; $15 students and seniors

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Sunday, July 17 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

The Keeping Quilt: Stories, Art, and Clues to the Past

Make new memories this summer! Join us for story time and art as we read The Keeping Quilt, Patricia Polacco’s wonderful book about families and tradition. Then follow century old clues around the synagogue and discover Eldridge Street’s own fascinating past. Put it all together and create memorable art … and a brand new tradition.

$20 per family, for ages 4-11

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Wednesday, July 20 at 7 pm

Person Place Thing: Live Taping with Paul Rudnick and Randy Cohen

Join Paul Rudnick, writer and essayist, in conversation with Randy Cohen, author, humorist and original writer of “The Ethicist” for the New York Times Magazine.  This program will be a live-taping of Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen, an interview show based on this idea:  people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Rudnick will talk about one person, one place, and one thing drawn from the Museum at Eldridge Street’s collection that is important to him.

$14 adults; $10 students and seniors

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Thursday, July 21

After Hours: Micro Walking Tour of Eldridge Street

Every city block tells a story, and on Eldridge Street you can hear intriguing tales of the immigrant experience, architectural triumphs, and the realization of the American Dream alongside corruption and even murder. Join us as we walk the length of Eldridge Street and discover a prison, a synagogue turned-artist studio, a settlement house and our street’s namesake, Lieutenant Joseph Eldridge, and his War of 1812 story. Afterwards enjoy wine and refreshments in our majestic main sanctuary.

$30 per person

Photo: dr osmosis

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Sunday, July 24 from 8 am to 7 pm

Summer Trip to the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA

Join us for a visit to the Yiddish Book Center. The  summer trip includes transportation, kosher lunch and snacks, and a special guided tour of the Center’s architecturally unique building,  designed to recall a shtetl—the iconic Jewish town of Eastern Europe— and set on the grounds of a scenic apple orchard in Amherst, Massachusetts. Our guided tour of the Center’s permanent and visiting exhibits will introduce you to Yiddish literature and culture, and the glory days of the Yiddish media through clips from classic Yiddish films, recordings of vintage Yiddish radio programs, and newspaper clippings and authentic pressroom equipment in the Yiddish print shop. In other exhibits, you’ll explore the world of rural Jews in pre-war eastern Europe; meet three immigrant families through their personal stories, pictures, and other artifacts; and consider the many…

$150, includes transportation, kosher lunch, snack and tour.

Meet at 8 am in front of the NY Public Library, Fifth Avenue and 41st Street

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August 2016
Sunday, August 7 at 11 am

All of a Kind Family Walking Tour – SOLD OUT

What did Gertie and Charlotte buy at the candy store? Why did Henny have to stay after school? Where did the five sisters go every Friday? See for yourself as we bring Sydney Taylor’s beloved All of a Kind Family to life! Stroll through the story and onto the streets where the girls lived, played, and went to school a century ago. Along the way, taste pickles from a barrel and shop for treats in an old fashioned candy store.

$20 per family, for ages 4-11

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Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m.

After Hours – Wine and Forensic Architecture

If these walls could talk.  On this intimate evening tour we discover that our 1887 building does have an incredible story to tell! Enjoy a glass of wine and then investigate hidden designs in the building’s hand-painted walls and ceiling; learn why a 19th century Torah ark depicts wooden hands in the shape of the Vulcan Salute; sniff out a hidden compartment in the reader’s platform; and enjoy refreshments along the way.

$30 per person

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Thursday, August 18 at 7 pm

Wine and White Linen: Concert with Orphan Jane

Gypsy cabaret band Orphan Jane inaugurates our first-ever celebration of Tu B’Av, a traditional night of love and revelry marking the grape harvest. The band performs both original songs infused with their signature blend of Eastern European circus blues as well as vaudeville hits from the golden age of Yiddish theatre. Five dollars off the ticket price for those who wear their summer whites.  

$25 adults; $15 students and seniors. Five dollars off the ticket price for those who wear their summer whites.

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September 2016
Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 pm

Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Paul Goldberger

Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic and author, will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities.  Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Goldberger.

Pay what you wish. RSVP requested.

Presented with the Center for the Living City

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Sunday, September 25 at 11 am

Back by Popular Demand: All of a Kind Family Walking Tour

Prepare for Rosh HaShana like it’s 1916! Due to overwhelming demand, we’re adding a special All of a Kind Family Walking Tour for the Jewish New Year. Join us as we stroll through the stories and onto the streets where Ella, Henny, Sarah, Gertie, and Charlotte shopped, played, and of course, went to the library.  We’ll make a holiday stop on Shtiebel Row and pick up some timeless treats for the New Year.

$20 per family; for ages 4-12

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Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 pm

Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker and author, will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities.  Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Gopnik.

Pay what you wish. RSVP requested.

Presented with the Center for the Living City

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October 2016
Thursday, October 6, at 6:30 pm

Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Peter Laurence & Robert Kanigel

Peter Laurence, author of Becoming Jane Jacobs, and Robert Kanigel, author of the upcoming book Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs, will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Ms. Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities.  Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Laurence and Kanigel.

Pay what you wish. RSVP requested.

Presented with the Center for the Living City.

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November 2016
Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30 pm

Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Darren Walker

Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities.  Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Walker.

Pay what you wish. RSVP required.

Presented with the Center for the Living City.

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Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 pm

Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Janette Sadik-Khan

Janette Sadik-Khan, former NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner who introduced pedestrian plazas, bike lanes and bike sharing, will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities.  Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Sadik-Khan.

Pay what you wish. RSVP requested.

Presented with the Center for the Living City.

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Wednesday, November 30 at 6:30 pm

Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Gary Hattem

Gary Hattem president of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Managing Director of their Community Development Finance Group, and a former community-based low-income housing developer, will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities.  Award-winning author preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Hattem.

Pay what you wish. RSVP requested.

Presented with the Center for the Living City.

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December 2016
Wednesday, December 7 at 6:30 pm

Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Saskia Sassen & Richard Sennett

Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, and Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Professor of Humanities at NYU, will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities.  Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Sassen and Sennett.

Pay what you wish. RSVP requested.

Presented with the Center for the Living City.

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Special Thanks

The Museum's educational and cultural programs are supported, in part, with grants provided by 180 Varick Street, The David Berg Foundation, Bloomberg, The Brenner Family Foundation, Elias A. Cohen Foundation, Charles Cohn Foundation, The Edouard Foundation, Mitzi & Warren Eisenberg Family Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies Foundation, The David Geffen Foundation, The Goos Family, Marc Haas Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Jewish Community Youth Foundation, Eugene Lang Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Alice Lawrence Foundation, Marta Joe Lawrence Charitable Trust, The Samuel M. Levy Family Foundation, Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, The Loeb Family- Third Point Foundation, Mort Mandel Philanthropic Trust, Manhattan Borough President's Office - Borough Needs, NYC & Co. Foundation/MBPO Cultural Tourism, Sun Hill Foundation, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, New York City Council, The Honorable Margaret Chin, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, New York City Department for the Aging, NYC Gives (Municipal Employee Giving Campaign- NYC), NYC Gives (Federal Employee Giving Campaign - NYC), New York State Council on the Arts, Leo Rosner Foundation, Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation, Inc., Michael Tuch Foundation, Lise & Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation in memory of Jerry and Emily Spiegel, Y.H. Mirzoeff & Sons Foundation, Inc., and Valley National Bank.