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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.

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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January 2015
Wednesday, January 28 at 7 pm

CD release party: Toyznt Tamen = A Thousand Flavors

Celebrate the release of Toyznt Tamen = A Thousand Flavors, a new recording by Yiddish singer and songwriter Miryem-Khaye Seigel.  The album features original Yiddish songs as well as adapted repertoire – from dynamic theatrical gems to subversive folk songs – presented with humor, passion, and an ear for dialects. Miryem-Khaye will be joined by Michael Winograd (arranger, clarinet), Patrick Farrell (accordion), Alicia Svigals (violin) and Rémy Yulzari (bass).

$20 adults; $15 students, seniors and YIVO members

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Thursdays: Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 19, 26, March 12, 19, 26, April 16, 23, 30 from 11:00 to 12:30

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; $160 for all 12 sessions - You can make your payment on the day of the class at the Museum

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February 2015
Sunday, February 1 from 1 to 4 pm

Winter Green Festival: A Tu B’Shvat Celebration

Join us for a cornucopia of food, arts and holiday traditions in honor of Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish New Year of Trees. Activities celebrating sustainable living will take place throughout the Museum’s magnificent landmark site, the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue.  Learn about the holiday while taking part in a mini Tu B’Shvat seder. Sample holiday foods, including dried fruits and nuts, from Lower East Side vendors. Tour the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue and discover the sustainable practices used in its restoration. Uncover your family roots in a workshop with genealogist Roger Lustig. Kids: create a family tree, and participate in earth-friendly art activities including making instruments out of recycled materials and creating collage poems with artist Robin Atlas for display on our Tu B’Shvat “tree.” A highlight of the festival is…

$12 adults: $10 students/seniors; $6 children ages 3-17; Free children under 3 years of age

Support for the Winter Green Festival is provided by the Lori and David Moore Family. Thank you to Russ & Daughters and The Sweet Life for their food donations.

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Sunday, February 8 from 11 am to 12 pm

Hidden Spaces and (kind of) Creepy Places

When the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue was restored, not everything was painted, polished, and repaired.  As Preservation Detectives will discover, mysterious clues to the building’s past were purposely left behind!  This month, explore hidden spaces and (kind of) creepy places, and discover the intriguing stories only a 127 year old building can tell.  Make an art project and win a prize too! For children ages 4-11. Reservations recommended.  

$15 per family

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Mondays Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 from 11:00 to 12:30

Memoir Workshop with Dr. Hanna Griff-Sleven

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 sessions

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March 2015
Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 11:00 to 12:30

From Volhinya to Brooklyn: Contemporary Hasidic Communities With Urban Historian Barry Feldman

Contemporary Hasidim are a modern people who have constructed social, cultural and religious communities to accommodate an old world frame of reference. Session one discusses the origin of Hasidism, its subsequent development throughout Eastern Europe and early courts. Following sessions will discuss the rich complexities surrounding leadership, social values, religious beliefs, rituals and customs regarding dress, modesty and diet in post-World War II reconstructed Hasidic communities. The final session will be a walking tour of a community in Brooklyn.

$15 per class; $65 for all 5 sessions

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Tuesdays: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 14, 21, 28 from 11:00 to 12:30

From Murder to Genocide: Violence in the Bible with Dr. Regina Stein

The Bible begins its story of humanity’s adventure on earth with a tale of murder. It paints a picture of a God who is pleased when one Israelite zealously kills another. It recounts episodes of child sacrifice. It mandates the execution of a rebellious son and the total destruction of an idolatrous Israelite city. What roles do these violent stories and laws play in the Bible? How do they impact our understanding of the Biblical claim that “Its ways are pleasant and all its paths are peaceful”? We will explore Biblical texts along with rabbinic and modern interpretations to grapple with these questions. The Museum’s lifelong learning classes are funded, in part, by the Alice Lawrence Foundation with additional support provided by Marta Jo Lawrence and the Edouard Foundation.

$15 per class; $110 for all 8 sessions

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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.