Walking Tour: After Anatevka
As the curtain falls on Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye is leaving his home in Anatevka and heading for America. In real life, some two and a half million Jews left Eastern Europe at the turn of the last century. So many came to New York’s Lower East Side, that one writer called this neighborhood, “the Jewish Plymouth Rock.” Come explore the stories, streets, and landmark sites of immigrant life After Anatevka. See where real life revolutionaries like Perchik preached, hardworking housewives like Golde bargained, and tailors like Motel worked and fell in love. How did old world traditions clash with new world opportunities? And years before Sholem Aleichem’s characters danced on Broadway, how did the famous writer himself fare when he arrived in America?$25 per person. Space is limited and RSVP is required.
WALKING TOUR: Shuls of Grandeur on the Lower East Side
Discover the Lower East Side’s most historic and architecturally significant synagogues. We’ll visit the Bialstoker Synagogue, the largest active orthodox congregation on the Lower East Side today; Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, the nation’s oldest Orthodox Jewish Russian congregation; and our magnificent National Historic Landmark, the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. We’ll also stop at non-sacred sites of significance to the Jewish immigrant community, including the Educational Alliance, Henry Street Settlement, Seward Park, and Straus Square. Enjoy a nosh at the end of the tour in our historic sanctuary. MEETING PLACE: IN FRONT OF ABRONS ART CENTER, 466 Grand Street$22 per person. Space is limited and RSVP is required.
Co-sponsored by the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy
All of a Kind Family Walking Tour
Back by popular demand! 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 this beloved novel to life. Shop for pickles and stop at an old fashioned candy store too!$15 per family
Open House New York
Take a tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue’s authentically restored main sanctuary as part of Open House New York, America’s largest architecture and design event. Half-hour tours are offered at 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, 1, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 4:00, 4:30 and 5. Two special talks led by Museum Deputy Director Amy Stein-Milford provide a behind-the-scenes look at our landmark: at 12 pm the focus is on the synagogue’s art, architecture and restoration; at 3 pm on Jewish rituals and practice. Families: Enjoy an art activity and self-guided scavenger hunt between 10 am and 2 pm.This event is free. RSVP requested.
Book Launch: “Here and There” by Chaya Deitsch
Join us for a reading, Q&A and reception celebrating the publication of Chaya Deitsch’s debut book Here and There: Leaving Hasidism, Keeping My Family (Schocken Books/Random House). In this heartfelt and inspiring personal account, Deitsch relates her experience growing up as a Lubavitcher Hasid and leaving that world without leaving the family that remains within it.This event is free; RSVP requested.
Jews and Christians: The Early Years, with Dr. Regina Stein
Who was Jesus? How did his fellow Jews respond to his teachings? Why was he crucified? Given that Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism developed at the same time, how did they impact each other? How did the New Testament and a growing body of Rabbinic literature relate to the Hebrew Bible and its promises to the Jewish people? When and why did Jews and Christians become mutually exclusive? These are some of the questions we will explore as we analyze both Jewish and Christian sources that paint very different portraits of these movements from the 1st through the 6th centuries.$15 per class; $90 for all 7 classes
This class is part of our Morris Kaplan Scholar in Residence Program
CONCERT: Andy Statman Trio
Dubbed “a musician’s musician” by The New York Times, Andy Statman is one of the premier clarinetists and mandolinists playing today. Join him and his longtime partners Larry Eagle (percussion) and Jim Whitney (bass) for their trademark blend of American roots music (think bluegrass), personal prayerful Hasidic music, klezmer, and avant-garde jazz.$30 in advance; $45 at the door
Co-presented with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
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 Torah portion (parashat hashavuah) each week. Knowledge of Hebrew and previous Torah study are NOT required.$15 per class; $90 for all 7 classes
This class is part of our Morris Kaplan Scholar in Residence Program
CONCERT: Eugene Marlow and The Heritage Ensemble
Bomba, plena and bolero! Join The Heritage Ensemble for Puerto Rican-originated and Afro-Caribbean-influenced rhythms that celebrate the rich immigrant heritage of our Lower East Side neighborhood. The Heritage Ensemble features seven-time Grammy nominee drummer Bobby Sanabria, virtuoso percussionist Matthew Gonzalez, saxophonist Michael Hashim, bassist Frank Wagner, and ensemble founder/leader Eugene Marlow on piano.$20 adults; $15 students and seniors
Stitch by Stitch: New York City’s Garment Industry with Urban Historian Barry Feldman
Do you remember the “I cash clothes” man or Yiddish “alte zakhin” peddlers who crossed the city? Join urban historian Barry Feldman in a lively exploration of New York City’s garment history from 19th century used clothing stores to the haute couture designers that distinguish the city’s contemporary fashion industry. The final session will be a tour of the historic garment center and a visit to the atelier of a major designer.$15 per class; $50 for all 4 classes
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.