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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. This fall, we present works that are inspired by and reinterpret the Golden Age of Cantorial Music to mark the 125th anniversary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue.

The Morris Kaplan Scholar-in-Residence Program

The Museum's Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Regina Stein is an engaging instructor of Jewish history and culture. Dr. Stein also teaches at the Skirball Program for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El, the Context Program of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and other New York area synagogues and institutions.

The Museum at Eldridge Street's Adult Learning program 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.

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival

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.

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April 2014
Thursday, April 17 at 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3 & 4; Friday, April, 18 & Sunday, April 20 at 10, 11, 12. 1 & 2

Matzo & Macaroons Synagogue Tours

Take a tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a magnificent National Historic Landmark that was built in 1887 during the height of East European Jews migration to the United States. Enjoy matzo, macaroons and other kosher-for-Passover goodies during the holiday week courtesy of Streit’s Matzo. Families: Ask for our self-guided scavenger hunts exploring the nooks and crannies of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Available when you check in.

$10 adults: $8 students/seniors

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Thursday, April 17 at 2 pm

Lower East Side Walking Tour

Once home to the largest Jewish population in the world, the Lower East Side still bears traces of Jewish life from the turn of the last century. Visit synagogues, Yiddish newspaper buildings, socialist hot spots and the best pickle shop in New York.

$20 adult; $15 student/senior

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Thursdays: April 10, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Parashat Hashavuah: Ancient Custom, New Twist, with Dr. Regina Stein

A contemporary take on the ancient Jewish practice of weekly Torah study, this 21st-century study uses pre-rabbinic commentaries as well as approaches by archaeologists and modern Israeli and American scholars. No Hebrew or previous knowledge required.

$10 per session

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Sunday, April 27 at 3 pm

My Father’s Wars Book Party with Alisse Waterston

My Father’s Wars, by Alisse Waterston, is an anthropologist’s vivid account of her father’s 20th century journey across continents, countries, cultures, generations, and wars as well as a daughter’s moving portrait of a charming, funny, wounded and difficult man. Join us for a reception and remarks with the author.


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Tuesdays: April 8, 29; May 6

War and Peace: From the Bible to Modern Israel with Dr. Regina Stein

The Torah challenges us to interpret horrific stories of war and genocide in ancient Israel. How have these stories and the Biblical commandments attached to them been understood in different periods of Jewish history and how do they compare to modern “just war theory”?

$10 per session

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Wednesdays: April 30, May 7, 14, 21, from 11 am to 12:30 pm

Ethnicity, Place and Time on the Lower East Side with urban historian Barry Feldman

Learn about the massive wave of Jewish migration to New York City. What prompted the Jewish immigrants’ journey? How did they negotiate language acquisition, employment, family dislocation and discrimination? What factors led to their dispersal to Harlem, Brownsville, the Bronx and other places throughout the city? The final session is a Lower East Side walking tour that will explore buildings important to Jewish, Hispanic, Italian, Asian and German immigrant groups of the neighborhood.

$10 per session; $35 for all four sessions

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May 2014
Monday, May 5 - 11 am to 12:30 pm

People of the Books, A Monthly Book Club: Until Dawn’s Light by Aharon Appelfeld

Join Dr. Regina Stein for the Museum’s monthly discussion of contemporary Jewish literature. This month we discuss Aharon Appelfeld’s Until Dawn’s Early Light, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award, the story of a Jewish woman who marries a gentile laborer in turn-of-the-century Austria with disasterous results. “Appelfeld, Israel’s greatest living writer, retains his capacity for wonder. . . . [And] this capacity for wonder, for the openness to enchantment within the world, is a gift.” —Leslie Epstein, Tablet

$10 per session

Part of the Morris Kaplan Scholar in Residence Program funded, in part, by the Alice Lawrence Foundation with additional support provided by The Edouard Foundation.

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Sunday, May 11 at 11 am

Yiddishe Mamas Mother’s Day Walking Tour

Start a new family tradition this Mother’s Day and discover your roots on our Lower East Side walking tour. We’ll follow in the footsteps of beloved balabustas, freethinking feminists, and turn-of-the-century working girls, and fête you with home-made rugelach, bagels and coffee. All food served is kosher.

$25 per person. Space is limited and RSVP is required.

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Sunday, May 18 - 11 am to 12:30 pm

Go Out and Play! Old Time Games at Eldridge Street

Sure, computer games are fun but so are the old neighborhood favorites. Stickball, stoopball, handball, hit the penny, jump rope, jacks – you name it, kids played it and this Sunday so will we. You bring the family, we bring the balls, pennies, and jacks, and we’ll all go outside and play! After the games how about another old time favorite? A stop at the local candy store!

$15 per family

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Sunday, May 18 - Tours offered at noon and 1 pm

Sacred Sites Open House

Explore 350 years of Jewish life in America, uptown, downtown and underground. As part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, the Shearith Israel cemetery (55 St. James Place), Temple Emanu-el (1 East 65th Street), and the Eldridge Street Synagogue (12 Eldridge Street) and present a window onto the three major waves of Jewish immigration to New York 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.