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Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival Slideshow

Our annual block party, taking place every June, is a joyous cross-cultural celebration paying homage to the Jewish and Chinese 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.


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.


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.


Building & Rebuilding Architecture Series

Talks, open houses and walking tours explore the art, architecture and preservation of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and New York City's built environment.

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May 2015
Thursdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm: May 7, 14,21, 28; June 4, 11, 18.

Spring Session: Not Just the Weekly Torah Portion with Dr. Regina Stein

Bring your questions and opinions as we explore a variety of questions and issues raised by the weekly Torah portion (parashat hashavuah). Knowledge of Hebrew and previous Torah study are NOT required.    

$15 per class

Classes will continue all summer.
This class is part of our Morris Kaplan Scholars in Residence Program.

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June 2015
Sunday, June 7 from 12 pm to 4 pm

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival — and introducing Empanadas!

This year, our signature festival celebrating Jewish and Chinese culture will expand to also feature the food, music and folk arts of the Puerto Rican community of our neighborhood. Enjoy Chinese opera, klezmer and salsa and plena music; Yiddish, Mandarin and Spanish lessons; Hebrew and Chinese scribal art, Puerto Rican mask making, mah jongg and, of course, egg rolls, egg creams and empanadas – all kosher! Plus so much more! Don’t miss New York City’s best block party, a cross-cultural celebration of the Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican communities of our unique Lower East Side neighborhood. Check out a photo gallery of all the amazing festival activities.

This event is free!

Funding for the Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival is provided in part by NYC & Co. Foundation/MBPO Cultural Tourism, New York City Council/The Honorable Margaret Chin, Valley National Bank, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Thanks to Brooklyn Seltzer Boys and Fox's U-Bet for their kosher food donations.

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Sunday, June 21 at 3 pm

Yiddish Lullabies & Love Songs with Inna Barmash

Raw, beautiful and elegant. Chanteuse Inna Barmash presents a repertoire of Yiddish lullabies, love ballads, and songs of love gone wrong including rarely heard treasures of old Soviet-era anthologies collected in the shtetls of Ukraine in the early 20th century. This event is par of KulturfestNYC. For the first time, the major Jewish arts organizations of the world are coming together in New York City, at one time. Eight days and nights jam-packed with great plays, concerts, films, and lectures to inspire and entertain you!      

$18 per person

Part of KulturfestNYC. Co-Sponsored by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.

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July 2015
Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27

Summer Session: Not Just the Weekly Torah Portion with Dr. Regina Stein

Bring your questions and opinions as we explore a variety of questions and issues raised by the weekly Torah portion (parashat hashavuah). Knowledge of Hebrew and previous Torah study are NOT required.

$15 per class; $105 for all 8 classes

This class is part of our Morris Kaplan Scholars in Residence Program.

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Thursday, July 9 from 1 to 4 pm

Open House for Photographers & Artists

Budding and professional photographers and artists: come armed with your camera or sketchbook and let our beautiful sanctuary inspire you. Admission for you is free. We ask that you share your photographs and drawings with us via email or on Instagram.

This event is free - registration required.

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Sunday, July 12 from 11 am to 12 pm

For Families: Hidden Spaces and (kind of) Creepy Places

When the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue was restored, everything was painted, polished, and repaired. Wait! Did we say EVERYTHING? Preservation Detectives, take a break from the hot sun and join our coolest investigation! Climb creaking stairs, peek inside 127 year old walls, and if you dare, find out why one of our doors is rarely opened!

$15 per family

Recommended for children ages 4-11. Reservations required.

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Tuesday, July 14 at 7 pm

The Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food

Book Talk and Nosh with Laura Silver.   Join the world’s leading knish expert and author Laura Silver for a lively talk about her seven-year, three-continent quest for traces of the humble hunk of stuffed dough with strong ties to the Lower East Side. Sholom Aleichem, I.B. Singer and Gussie Schwebel, the courageous knish maker of East Houston Street, all figure in this savory and heartwarming lecture. Laura Silver is the award-winning author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food (Brandeis, 2014), which the New York Times called “whimsical mouthwatering, and edifying.” And what would a talk about knishes be without some delicious samples? Enjoy potato, sweet potato, kasha, and more – from nearby Yonah Schimmel, of course.  

$10 - includes a knish of your choice

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Tuesdays, July 21 and 28 and August 4, 6:30 pm to 8 pm

Revolution, Radicalism and Rebellion in Judaism – with Rabbi David Kalb

In this class we will explore people and movements who have challenged religious, communal, and political authority from ancient times to the present. When is dissent permissible or even an obligation? How has critique sometimes degraded into fundamentalism? We will examine biblical sources and apply it to our current situation as Jews living in the 21st century.

$15 per session; $40 for all three

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Wednesday, July 22 at 7 pm

The Secret History of the Lower East Side – Walking Tour and Wine Reception

Co-presented with Untapped Cities First, discover the hidden history and current life of architectural gems of our Lower East Side neighborhood, including the abandoned Loew’s Theater, Jarmulowsky Bank, Forward Newspaper Building, and even a former red light district. Then enjoy wine and explore our magnificent landmark site, the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. This event is co-presented with Untapped Cities.

$30 per person - Space is limited and RSVP is required

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August 2015
Wednesday, August 5 at 7 pm

Yiddish Swing Concert with Jordan Hirsch and Band

From Harold Arlen and Eddie Cantor to Ziggy Elman and Mannie Klein, the world of jazz and the Great American songbook has deep roots in the world of Yiddish and klezmer.  Join trumpeter Jordan Hirsch and band for an entertaining evening of jazz, swing and klezmer favorites.

$20 adults; $15 students/seniors

Photo by Avia Moore

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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.