Immigrant Communities on the Lower East Side – With Barry Feldman
Waves of Irish, German, Eastern European Jews, Slavs, Italians, Hispanics and Asians transformed sparse farmlands into thriving ethnic enclaves on the Lower East Side in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Explore the social, cultural and religious patterns that enriched these communities and their relationships with each other. Three classroom discussion sessions will be enhanced by two walking tours exploring the diverse immigrant history of the Lower East Side.$15 per class; $65 for all 5 classes
The Many Faces of Torah
The Five Books of the Torah have always been interpreted in many different ways. Using the weekly Torah portion as our jumping off point, we will delve into Biblical texts, commentaries, and the questions they raise. From the 1st century allegory of Philo in Alexandria to the critical commentaries of contemporary American and Israeli scholars, we will discuss and debate insights from a variety of disciplines as we continue the Jewish tradition of Torah study.$15 per class; $110 for all 8 classes
The Singing Table: Hasidic Songs, Stories and Nosh
Sruli Dresdner, Lisa Mayer and sons Zachary and Aaron have played,sung and eaten together as a family all over the world. Their Singing Table is a chulent– a Sabbath stew– of rare and beautiful Hasidic and mystical melodies, songs of hot soup and fiery love– and stories that only a happy family can tell! Join them for songs, stories and nosh at a one-of-a-kind concert that recreates the Sabbath table at the landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue.$25 per person; Includes bagels, herrings & other nosh
A culminating event in the Festival of Jewish Food and Literature. Sponsored by Hanna Griff-Sleven and Paul Sleven in memory of Harris and Bessie Griff and Deborah Lavender. Media sponsor: Tablet.
Modernity and the Bible – With Dr. Regina Stein
Who wrote the Bible? Did the events it presents happen as the Bible describes them? Is the text of the Torah scroll accurate? Medieval rabbinic commentators had clear answers to these questions. But modern scientific discoveries, archaeology and literary theories radically challenged many traditional notions. How should we read the Bible in the 21st century? To answer this complex question, we will explore some of the personalities, ideas and debates from the classical rabbinic period to the Middle Ages, and from the Enlightenment to today.$15 per class; $110 for all 8 classes
Election Day Bingo!
What red hot Election Day tradition lit up the Lower East Side skies a century ago? Which former mayor took a nose dive … and we don’t mean in the polls? What did election night, the Jewish Daily Forward, and Mickey Mouse have in common? Cast your vote as you play Election Day Bingo! We promise a political challenge and patriotic crafts for future voters ages 5-10.Free! Please register spaces are limited.
Memoir Writing Workshop
Have you been meaning to get your family story down on paper? Are there photographs and ephemera whose stories you want to record and pass down to the next generation? In this supportive classroom environment, share your family objects and anecdotes and be prompted to write about them in class. Each week you’ll focus on a different family object or event, and the end result will be the beginning of a valuable family document.$15 per class; $50 for all 4 classes - Space is limited and reservations are required.
The Great Turkey Scavenger Hunt
As you prepare for Thanksgiving this year, celebrate with us Eldridge Street style! Make turkey shaped challah, holiday art, and go on the Great Turkey Scavenger Hunt. Follow a trail of century old clues and discover this historic synagogue’s own Thanksgiving tale. But look carefully. You just might find a turkey along the way!$15 per family - space is limited and reservations are required
Klezmer Jewels – With 12th Night Klezmer
Enjoy a world of klezmer music from its origins in the shtetls of Eastern Europe through its musical journey to the Big Apple with 12th Night Klezmer. This all-Israeli ensemble reclaims authentic rhythm and colors from their original sources and brings back the unique expression of joy and sorrow that made klezmer music so approachable and popular.$20 adults; $15 students and seniors
When Mindy Saved Hanukkah Treasure Hunt
Tiny Mindy shows what towering heroes are made of in Eric Kimmel’s popular children’s book, When Mindy Saved Hanukkah. Best of all, the story takes place here in the Eldridge Street Synagogue! Join us for this holiday tale then set out on a Mindy treasure hunt! Explore the synagogue’s nooks and crannies the way Mindy did, find surprises in unexpected places, and make holiday art and treats!$15 per family
CD Release Concert: Metropolitan Klezmer
Metropolitan Klezmer launches “Mazel Means Good Luck,” the band’s fifth album of joyous, evocative and marvelously eclectic music – just in time to celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary and on the cusp of Hanukkah, too! The full octet performs an original, neo-traditional repertoire, from full-out rollicking freylekhs and swinging post-war Yiddish pop, to wistful and little-known late Soviet cartoon score, and the gorgeous and genre-defying compositions by Metropolitan Klezmer bandmates themselves.$20 adults; $15 students and seniors
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.