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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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May 2016
Tuesday mornings, May 10, 17 & 24 - From 11 am to 12:30 pm

Jews and Christians: The Early Years – Semester II

The life and teachings of Jesus came to be interpreted and revised by his disciples—most significantly by Paul. What were the issues over which Paul and the other disciples disagreed? How did these disagreements affect the development of what came to be called Christianity? What impact did these developments have on the Rabbinic Judaism which was flowering at the same time? When and why did Jews and Christians come to a parting of the ways? These are some of the questions we will explore as we analyze a variety of sources that paint very different portraits of these movements from the late 1st through the 6th centuries. This class continues the discussion begun in Jews & Christians Semester I, during the fall of 2015.

$20 for each session

This class is part of our Morris Kaplan Scholar in Residence Program

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Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 pm

Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Ray Suarez

Ray Suarez, broadcast journalist and author of three books including The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration, 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 Suarez.  Note: Michael Kimmelman, who was originally scheduled for this date, will speak later in the series.

Pay what you wish

Presented with the Center for the Living City

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Thursday, May 12, 19 & 26 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

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

Bring your questions and opinions as we explore a variety of issues raised by the Torah portion each week. Knowledge of Hebrew and previous Torah study are not required. You can attend one class or the whole spring series.

$20 per class

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

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Sunday, May 8 from 11 am to 1 pm

Balabustas! A Mother’s Day Walking Tour

For Mother’s Day, explore Jewish women’s history of the Lower East Side. We’ll begin with a mimosa toast in the historic dining in the Henry Street Settlement where we will hear about our first Lower East Side heroine, Lillian Wald, in the historic dining room in the Henry Street Settlement. Then follow in the footsteps of generations of neighborhood women, discovering synagogues, shops, settlement houses, a mikvah, and even a red light district. We’ll end with a tour and a light brunch at the Museum at Eldridge Street.

$35 per person; includes a mimosa toast and light brunch

Co-presented with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy.

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Tuesday, May 10 at 7 pm

Book Talk with Lynda Cohen Loigman & Jennifer S. Brown

Authors Lynda Cohen Loigman and Jennifer S. Brown will discuss their debut historical novels, The Two-Family House and Modern Girls. Both novels follow the lives of Jewish families living in New York. In Loigman’s morally complex debut, The Two-Family House, closely bonded sisters-in-law living in Brooklyn with their husbands and families struggle through a lifetime of consequences that stem from choices made on the evening of a 1947 blizzard and a shocking family secret. Brown’s Modern Girls takes place in 1935, in the Jewish community of the Lower East Side, where an immigrant mother and her unmarried daughter both find themselves pregnant and forced to make impossible choices that will challenge their beliefs, betray their traditions, and upset the very world they live in. The authors will discuss the real-life inspirations and research behind their stories,…

Pay what you wish

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Sunday, May 15 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

All of a Kind Family Walking Tour

Enchanting young readers for generations, All of a Kind Family tells the story of five sisters growing up on the Lower East Side a century ago. Stroll through the story and onto the streets as we bring Sydney Taylor’s beloved novel to life. Along the way, taste pickles from a barrel and shop for treats in an old fashioned candy store!

$20 per family - includes 2 adults and up to 3 children

For ages 4-11

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Sunday, May 15 at 3 pm

Yiddish Culture in the Age of the Start-Up

Yiddish is often seen as dying. But the last decade has seen a younger, secular generation of Yiddish lovers launch websites, start and reform organizations, and even found a Yiddish-speaking organic farm. Who are these new Yiddishists? What, if anything, defines Yiddish culture in the age of the start-up? This panel brings together prominent scholars and activists of New Yiddishism: Sarah Zarrow, managing editor of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies; Sandy Fox, doctoral candidate at NYU; Ross Perlin, of the Endangered Language Alliance; Dmitri Zisl Slepovich, ethnomusicologist and leader of the band Litvakus; and Eitan Kensky of the Yiddish Book Center who will moderate.

$12 adults; $10 students and seniors

Co-sponsored with the Yiddish Book Center

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Thursday, May 26 at 7 pm

Concert: Yiddish and Chinese Folk Music with Hot Pstromi and the EastRiver Ensemble

Presenting a mash-up of Chinese and Yiddish folk music traditions! In this joyous concert, violinist Yale Strom’s Hot Pstromi and the EastRiver Ensemble explore the historical and musical connections between the Russian Jews and Chinese who lived together in Harbin, China from the turn of the twentieth century through World War II.

$25 adults; $15 students and seniors

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June 2016
Wednesday mornings, June 1, 8 & 15 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; Yiddish, Mandarin and Spanish lessons; 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

See rarely displayed Judaica and artifacts from the Museum’s collection and some surprise objects from the City Reliquary’s Lower East Side collection on this behind-the-scenes tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue.  After, enjoy a wine reception.

$30 per person

Co-sponsored with City Reliquary

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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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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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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.