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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 landmark site has a long history as a place of Jewish learning. Join us for classes on the bible, Jewish history and culture, and memoir writing and genealogy. The Museum’s lifelong learning 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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March 2015
Wednesday, March 11, at 6:30 pm

Historic Districts Council Conference: Landmarks @50

The Historic Districts Council’s 2015 Preservation Conference Series celebrates the milestone 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law.  The Museum at Eldridge Street is proud to be the site for the Conference Panel: Barak Obama Slept Here: Recognizing Today’s Sites of Cultural Significance. Author David Freeland will discuss cultural sites that have been designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission since 1965.  Panelists will consider how we best acknowledge and protect the significant places that speak to recently-arrived communities, historically marginalized groups and emerging cultural movements.  

$20 general admission - click RSVP below for more information

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Thursday, March 12 from 6:30 to 8 pm

After Hours Tour & Wine Reception

The setting: Our magical sanctuary after hours. The attire: Fashionably festive. The activity: A fun, behind-the-scenes exploration of our 1887 landmark, one of NYC’s off-the-beaten-path treasures. Plus: opportunity to swap historical facts and quirky architectural detail with fellow tour-goers at a wine reception following the tour. We promise you an Instagram-worthy evening.

$30 per person

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Mondays from 11 am to 12:30 pm: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 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

This class is part of our Morris Kaplan Scholars in Residence Program.

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

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.

$15 per class; $110 for all 8 sessions

This class is part of our Morris Kaplan Scholars in Residence Program.

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Sunday, March 8 at 3 pm

Concert: The Last Mambo King with Orlando Marin

Summers in the 1950s and 60s found the bandleader and timbales player Orlando Marin in the Catskills, where he and his band had audiences at borscht belt hotels dancing the night away.  Back in the City, it was Jewish New Yorkers who joined his legions of Latin followers at the Palladium Ballroom and other popular dance spots.  “I’ve been blessed,” says Marin, “for all these years the Jewish people have been my best followers and tell me to keep going.”  He will do just that when he and his ensemble bring classic mambo and salsa, as well as original music from his sixty year career to the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue.

$20 adults; $15 students/seniors

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Mondays from 11 am to 12:30 pm: March 9, 16, 23 & 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

This class is part of our Morris Kaplan Scholars in Residence Program.

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Thursdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm: March 12, 19, 26; April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14,21, 28; June 4, 11, 18.

Spring Session: 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; $200 for all 13 sessions

This class is part of our Morris Kaplan Scholars in Residence Program.

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Wednesday, March 25 at 7 pm

A Triangle Fire Tribute – From the Ashes: Women Composers of the 20th Century

In a program honoring the victims ofthe 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, chamber ensemble Sylvan Winds performs music by American women composers of the early 20th century to today including Elizabeth Swados, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Amy Beach, Charlotte Blake, May Aufderheide, and Katherine Hoover as well as Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8, a passionate protest of injustice. .

$20 adults; $15 students and seniors

This concert is sponsored by Nina Mogilnik and Family in honor and memory of Jakob Mogilnik.

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Sunday, March 29, 11 am to 12:30 pm

For Families: Matzo Madness!

Prizes, surprises, and plagues so sweet, they won’t scare anyone away! It’s Matzo Madness at Eldridge Street!  Preservation Detectives make edible plagues, holiday art, and discover Eldridge’s own story of freedom on a special Passover scavenger hunt.

$15 per family

For ages 4-11 Reservations required.

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Sunday, March 29 at 2 pm

Passover Nosh & Stroll

Journey into the kishkes of the old Jewish Lower East Side. On this tasty expedition we trace the route of turn of the century immigrants as they prepared for Passover. We’ll visit culinary and historic landmarks of the neighborhood as we shed light on holiday customs, food and history.

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

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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.