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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.


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.

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August 2016
Wednesday, August 3 at 6:30 pm

Book Talk: Brenda Janowitz &Susan Shapiro, moderated by Judy Batalion

In an evening book talk that promises to be thought-provoking, funny and moving, authors Brenda Janowitz and Susan Shapiro talk with moderator Judy Batalion about the inspiration for their books, Jewish identity, and more. Batalion is the author of White Walls: A Memoir about Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between.  In Janowitz’s The Dinner Party, a Passover seder goes hilariously wrong.   Shapiro’s witty What’s Never Said considers the subject of the one who got away.  Books by all three authors will be available for purchase and signing.  Doors open at 6:30, talk at 7 pm.  

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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 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

Tisha B’Av and Jewish Martyrdom with Dr. Regina Stein

The 9th of Av commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.  In preparation for this day of mourning, we will explore the topic of Jewish martyrdom, its origins and significance in various times and places.

$14 adults; $10 students and seniors

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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
Thursday, September 8 at 7 pm

Cantorial Jam Concert with Father and Son Cantors Jack and David Mendelson

Although the 1927 film The Jazz Singer portrayed an Old World cantor at odds with his jazz singer son, many Jewish liturgical singers during the Golden Age of Cantorial Music actually were fans of jazz, just as jazz artists were often devotees of the cantorial art. Renowned father and son duo, Cantors Jack and Daniel Mendelson, and jazz pianist Anthony Coleman join forces to celebrate the unique fusion of these two celebrated and complimentary art forms. They present a “cantorial jam” in our magnificent sanctuary once home to renowned cantors of the early twentieth century.

$25 adults; $15 students/seniors

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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.

This event is free. RSVP requested.

Presented with the Center for the Living City

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Sunday, September 18 at 3 pm

Mark Podwal Exhibition Opening and Book Launch

Celebrate the publication of artist Mark Podwal’s book Reimagined: 45 Years of Jewish Art and the opening of A Kaddish for Dabrowa Bialostocka, a exhibition of archival pigment prints of 18 new works in acrylic and colored pencil inspired by Podwal’s recent visit to the shtetl in Poland where his mother was born. At one time 78% Jewish, Dabrowa is no longer home to a Jewish community. Podwal’s work focuses on Jewish legend, history and tradition. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Yad Vashem, the Israel Museum and the Bodleian Library.

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Thursday, September 22, at 6:30 pm

After Hours Tour – From Cradle to the Grave

Ever wonder what it would be like to stand under a wedding chuppah (canopy) in one of the world’s most beautiful synagogues? Or deliver a 100-year-old bar mitzvah speech where famed rabbis once stood? Well, here’s your chance! Join us for wine and nosh in our star-studded sanctuary as we explore different traditions celebrated at Jewish life cycle events. We’ll use artifacts and oral histories from our collection to shed light on the milestones – celebratory and solemn – that took place at the Eldridge Street Synagogue.

$30 per person

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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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Sunday, September 25 at 3 pm

Person Place Thing: Live Taping with Patricia Marx and Randy Cohen

Join Patricia Marx, humorist and writer, in conversation with Randy Cohen, author 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. Marx will talk about one person, one place, and one thing drawn from the Museum at Eldridge Street’s collection that is important to her.

$14 adults; $10 students and seniors

Ticket includes Museum admission

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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.

This event is free. 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.

This event is free. RSVP requested.

Presented with the Center for the Living City.

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Sunday, October 9 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

Raise the Roof at the Reliquary! Family Sukkot Program

This Sukkot, we’re teaming up with the City Reliquary museum in Brooklyn and heading to their backyard for a special holiday program. A reliquary is a container for relics and sure enough, the City Reliquary is overflowing with vintage subway signs, neon lights, and other New York treasures! Explore their amazing collections as we snack, celebrate and decorate a Sukkah with our own original crafts.  

Pay what you wish, for ages 4-11

This program takes place at the City Reliquary in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 370 Metropolitan Avenue.

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Monday, October 10 at 10:45 am

Columbus Day Walking Tour – Shuls of Grandeur

Discover the Lower East Side’s most historic and architecturally significant synagogues. Visit the Bialstoker Synagogue, the largest active congregation on the Lower East Side today; Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, the nation’s oldest Orthodox Jewish Russian congregation; and our home, the magnificent National Historic Landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue. We’ll also stop at other historic sites and modern day eateries, including Educational Alliance, Henry Street Settlement, Seward Park, Kossar’s Bialys and The Pickle Guys.    

$25 per person

Co-presented with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

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Sunday, October 16 from 10 am to 3 pm

Open House New York

The Museum is a featured site of Open House New York, America’s largest architecture and design event.  We are offering free synagogue tours and other special activities. Half-hour tours offered at 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, 1, 1:30, 2 and 2:30. At 3 pm we provide a micro walking tour exploring buildings that are expressive of the history and immigrant heritage of our Lower East Side/Chinatown block. Family activities, including a scavenger hunt and art activity, are offered throughout the day.

This is a free event.

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Thursday, October 20 from 6 to 9 pm

After Hours – Sukkot at City Reliquary

For this month’s After Hours, we head to Williamsburg Brooklyn where the City Reliquary has created a unique, handcrafted kosher sukkah. Explore the City Reliquary’s collection of delightfully quirky New York City ephemera, learn about the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, and enjoy wine and snacks under the stars!

$20 per person

This event takes place at City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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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.

This event is free. RSVP required.

Presented with the Center for the Living City.

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Sunday, November 13 from 12 to 4 pm

Lower East Side Jewish Heritage Day

We are throwing a big Eldridge Street party!  Celebrate the 130th anniversary of the 1886 laying of the Eldridge Street Synagogue’s cornerstone at our festival of Eastern European Jewish traditions, music, history and art.  Tours, genealogy workshops, oral history activities for children and grandparents, an old-fashioned photo booth, 19th-century citizenship test, family tree art activity, and an enactment of the synagogue’s original 1886 cornerstone ceremony are all part of the fun!

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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.

This event is free. RSVP requested.

Presented with the Center for the Living City.

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In Conversation: Edward Hirsch and Alec Wilkinson

When poet Edward Hirsch’s son died tragically, his friend, writer Alec Wilkinson, encouraged him to write through his grief. The result was Hirsch’s heartbreakingly beautiful book-length poem, Gabriel. Hirsch and Wilkinson will discuss the creation of this modern day elegy, written in the grip of the poet’s suffering. Hirsch will also read from the poem.

$14 adults: $10 students and seniors

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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.

This event is free. RSVP requested.

Presented with the Center for the Living City.

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December 2016
Sunday, December 4 at 3 om

Concert: Sacred Swing with the Eyal Vilner Big Band

By popular demand, Israeli-born composer and musician Eyal Vilner returns to Eldridge Street with his swinging sixteen-piece band. They will perform Vilner’s new compositions, original versions of jazz classics and music from the Big Band’s new project “Sacred Swinging Sounds!”

$25 adults; $15 students/seniors

Sponsored by Steven and Helene Walsey

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Monday, December 5 at 3 pm

Book Launch – Curating America by Richard Rabinowitz

Dr. Richard Rabinowitz, President of the American History Workshop, is one of the leading public historians in the United States with over 45 years of experience in creating news museums and exhibition on every aspect of American history and culture. Join us for a reception and remarks by the author to celebrate the publication of his new work Curating America: Journeys through Storyscapes of the American Past.  

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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.

This event is free. RSVP requested.

Presented with the Center for the Living City.

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Sunday, December 18 at 3 pm

Concert – The Fabulous Shpilkes

Trumpeter and vocalist Susan Watts commands a klezmer repertoire that is four-generations strong. Together with her mother, drummer Elaine Hoffman Watts, they will perform music written by Elaine’s grandfather in the Ukraine, her father in the United States, as well as their own more recent compositions.

$25 adults; $15 students and seniors

Trumpeter and vocalist Susan Watts commands a klezmer repertoire that is four-generations strong. Together with her mother, drummer Elaine Hoffman Watts, they will perform music written by Elaine’s grandfather in the Ukraine, her father in the United States, as well as their own more recent compositions.

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Sunday, December 25 from 12 to 6 pm

December 25 at Eldridge Street – Tours, Silent Film with Live Music, and More!

Searching for something fun to do on Chanukah and Christmas Day? This year, December 25th is also the second day of Chanukah, so come spend the day at Eldridge Street! Join us for a screening of the 1925 Yiddish silent film classic His People. Young and old alike will love this riveting story of an immigrant family living on the Lower East side at the turn of the century. Paul Shapiro and his Sextet jazz up the mood with full-throttle musical accompaniment. Also, enjoy tours of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, self-guided scavenger hunts and art activities for families, and a Chanukah candle lighting ceremony!

$18 adults; $10 students/seniors; $6 children

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Tuesday, December 27 from 7 to 9 pm

After Hours – Holiday Celebration

People of all faiths are invited to celebrate the fourth night of the Jewish Festival of Lights – Chanukah! First we’ll lead a bottom-to-top tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Then we’ll enjoy a spread of wine, latkes, jelly donuts and other traditional foods, light the menorah, and share other traditions from the holiday.

$30 per person

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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.