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
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
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
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.Free
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.