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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 Slideshow

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. Check out a photo gallery of all the amazing festival activities.

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February 2016
Sunday, February 21 at 2 pm

Jewish New York – Conversation & Receptioin

Paul Kaplan, author of “Jewish New York,” leads a roundtable discussion on the evolution of historic, cultural and culinary treasures of the Lower East Side.  Panelists include Evan Giniger, co-owner of the newly re-opened Kossar’s Bialys; Zalmen Mlotek, Creative Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene; and author and filmmaker Laurie Gwen Shapiro.  They will discuss people and places that have balanced innovation and tradition in their preservation of Jewish culture.  A reception with wine donated by Kedem Winery and bialys and babka donated by Kossar’s will follow.

This event is co-sponsored by the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy. Free event.

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Thursday, February 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

After Hours Tour and Wine Reception

Enjoy our landmark in a relaxed and intimate setting – and with a glass of wine! On this special evening tour you’ll explore the Eldridge Street Synagogue from bottom to top and learn about its breathtaking restoration.

$30 per person

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Friday, February 26 from 11 am to 1 pm

Open House for Photographers and Artists

Budding and professional photographers and artists: Come armed with your camera or sketchbook and let our beautiful sanctuary inspire you  Admission for you is free.  We ask that you share a digital file of your photographs and drawings with us via email or on Instagram.

Free. Registration required.

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Sunday, February 28 from 11 am to 1 pm

The Keeping Quilt: Stories, Art and Clues to the Past

  A shirt, a nightdress, a babushka, and an old apron, are stitched together in Patricia Polacco’s The Keeping Quilt to create a quilt of memories – and a tradition – that is passed down from generation to generation for more than a century. Come hear this beautiful, award winning story, then follow clues around the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue. Discover the fascinating memories that have been passed down here for 128 years. After that, join Artist Sharon Gross and create your own artistic traditions.

$15 per family. For ages 4-11 and their families.

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Sunday, February 28 at 3 pm

Concert: Afro-Semitic Experience with Warren Byrd and David Chevan

This seven-piece ensemble celebrates an auspicious anniversary — chai, or eighteen, years together playing their trademark blend of Jewish and African American musical traditions.  This event celebrates Black History Month.

$20 adults; $15 students/seniors; includes Museum admission

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March 2016
Tuesday mornings, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, May 3 - From 11 am to 12:30 pm

Jews and Christians: The Early Years – Semester II

The life and teachings of Jesus came to be interpreted and revised by his disciples—most significantly by Paul. What were the issues over which Paul and the other disciples disagreed? How did these disagreements affect the development of what came to be called Christianity? What impact did these developments have on the Rabbinic Judaism which was flowering at the same time? When and why did Jews and Christians come to a parting of the ways? These are some of the questions we will explore as we analyze a variety of sources that paint very different portraits of these movements from the late 1st through the 6th centuries. This class continues the discussion begun in Jews & Christians Semester I, during the fall of 2015.

$120 for the eight-session class

This class is part of our Morris Kaplan Scholar in Residence Program

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Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14; May 5 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

Not Just the Weekly Torah Portion with Dr. Regina Stein – Spring Session

Bring your questions and opinions as we explore a variety of issues raised by the Torah portion each week. Knowledge of Hebrew and previous Torah study are not required.

$120 for the eight-session class; $20 per class

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

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Monday mornings, March 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

The Mapping and Making of Brooklyn

There has always been a mystique about Brooklyn: its distinctive speech patterns, ethnic neighborhoods, feisty attitudes, cultural institutions and the Dodgers. The borough’s recent renaissance suggests Brooklyn’s popularity will extend well into the twenty-first century. This four-session class will map Brooklyn’s history from the colonial period to the present, and explore its diverse neighborhoods and demographics, cultural institutions and famous personalities.  Vibrant class participation, nostalgia, memories and items of material culture are encouraged.

$75 for the four-session class

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Tuesday evenings, March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, may 3, 10 - From 6:30 to 8 pm

Jews & Christians: From Beginnings to Communities

Who was Jesus?  How did his fellow Jews respond to his teachings?  Why was he crucified? Given that Rabbinic Judaism developed at the same time, how did they impact each other? Why and how 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.  This class is led by Dr. Regina Stein, and will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12; May 3 and 10.

$120 for the eight-session class

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

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Thursday, March 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

After Hours: Beyond the Facade Art and Architecture Tour

Discover the synagogue’s most surprising features while enjoying a glass of wine and good company. See if you can detect what is original and what is restored. Learn about the building’s newest element, a contemporary stained-glass artwork by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans.

$30 per person - Co-sponsored with Brooklyn Brainery

Photo by Kate Milford

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Sunday, March 13 at 3 pm

Concert: The Jewish Music of Provence with Eleonore Weill, Pete Rushefsky, Jake Shulman-Ment & Jordon Morton

This quartet of celebrated klezmer musicians delves into the lost corners of the Yiddish-speaking communities of Europe and discovers a treasure trove of Judéo-Provençal songs.  Enjoy beautiful melodies from Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and France with Eléonore Weill (wooden flutes, vocals), Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl), Jake Shulman-Ment (violin) and Jordon Morton (bass).

$25 adults; $15 students and seniors

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Wednesday, March 16 at 7 pm

Talk: Remembering the Women of the Triangle Fire with Debbie Wells

Annie Nicholas, an eighteen-year-old Russian Jewish immigrant, worked as a button-maker at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Tragically on March 25, 1911, she and 145 other workers – mainly Italian and Jewish young women – died as a fire broke out on the factory floors. Debbie Wells, Co-Founder and Partner of Artful Circle, relates the story of her husband’s family who are descendants of Annie Nicholas, and traces how the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire sparked the rise of the labor union movement and fire safety regulations in America.

Pay what you wish

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Tuesday, March 29 from 6:30 to 8 pm

Book Launch: Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo with Boris Fishman

Join us for a reading and wine reception celebrating the publication of author Boris Fishman’s moving and often hilarious second novel Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo (Harper Collins, 2016), about Russian-Jewish immigrants in New Jersey who adopt a boy from Montana who turns out to be wild. Looking for answers, the family goes west for the first time in their American lives, but it’s the parents who are forever transformed when they finally meet their adopted country.

Pay what you wish - This event is co-sponsored by the Russian American Cultural Center

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Wednesday, March 30 at 7 pm

Concert: Jewish Folk and Cafe Music with Deborah Karpel and Ismail Butera

In this lively concert, musical duo Deborah Karpel (vocals) and Ismail Butera (accordion) perform folk and café melodies that emerged from diverse Jewish immigrant communities, including Yiddish, Sephardic, Eastern European and American Jewish. They will be accompanied by friends Rima Fand (violin) and David Hofstra (bass).

$25 adults; $15 students and seniors

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April 2016
Tuesday, April 5 from 6:30 to 8 pm

Book Launch: Stars in the Ring with Mike Silver

Relive an era when fabulous boxers named “Slapsie Maxie” Rosenbloom, Ruby Goldstein (“The Jewel of the Ghetto”), and Leach Cross (“The Fighting Dentist”), literally fought their way out of poverty to become instant heroes to a generation struggling to enter the social and economic mainstream at this reception, lecture, and book signing celebrating the publication of historian Mike Silver’s “Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing” (Lyons Press).

Pay what you wish

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Thursday, April 7 at 7 pm

Yearning to Breathe Free: The American Jewish Response to the Refugee Crisis

At this important round-table event, speakers from HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), the American Jewish Historical Society, and newly settled refugees discuss the refugee crisis and the American Jewish response.

$12 adults; $10 students and seniors

Co-presented with the Anne Frank Center USA and the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees: A Project of the TANENBAUM Center for Interreligious Understanding in Cooperation with JDC.
Photo: SCNS.com

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Sunay, April 10 at 10:45 am

Pre-Passover Nosh & Stroll

This tasty tour starts at the Bialystoker Synagogue, where we’ll ooh and aah over its Tiffany inspired stained glass and zodiac murals. From there we’ll visit Beth Hamedrash Hagadol and other sites of Jewish significance on the Lower East Side. To get you ready for Passover, we’ll stop by The Pickle Guys where they will be preparing horseradish for the holiday, and end at our landmark site, the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, for a delicious nosh and talk from our friends at Streit’s Matzos.

$28 per person, includes a nosh and meets in front of Bialystoker Synagogue, 7-11 Bialystoker Place/Willett Street

Co-sponsored with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy. Thanks to Streit’s Matzos for their kosher food donation.

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Wednesday, April 13 at 7 pm

Concert: Herencia Judia with Benjamin Lapidus

Guitarist Ben Lapidus and Herencia Judía – featuring Jorge Bringas, Manuel Alejandro Carro, Cantor Samuel Levine, Onel Mulet, and Felix Sanabria – present an exciting Afro-Latin take on Jewish liturgy. Listeners will enjoy a joyous musical and spiritual journey, and discover surprising connections between a variety of Spanish Caribbean traditions and Jewish liturgy. Along the way, the group explores the music of Jewish holidays and daily prayers as well as a wide range of Afro-Latin genres like bomba, plena, son, changüí, comparsa, danzón, and the Yoruba traditions of Cuba.

$25 adults; $15 students and seniors

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Sunday, April 17 from 11 am to 1 pm

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.

$20 per family - includes 2 adults and up to 3 children.

For ages 4-11

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Sunday, April 17 at 3 pm

Concert: I am for My Beloved, A Concert of Jewish Classical Music with Allison Charney & Arts Ahimsa

This beautiful concert on the theme of love and peace features acclaimed soprano Allison Charney, violinist Laura Goldberg, the Arts Ahimsa Chamber Ensemble, and veteran actor Jordan Charney. They will premiere gloriously uplifting music by NYC-based composers, Kim D Sherman and Moshe S. Knoll, including a string quartet piece inspired by the hometown of Eldridge Street Synagogue’s founding Rabbi, Abraham Aaron Yudelovitch.

$25 adults; $15 students and seniors

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May 2016
Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 pm

Jane Jacobs Commemorative Lecture – Michael Kimmelman

Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for The New York Times, will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities.  Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Kimmelman.

Pay what you wish

Presented with the Center for the Living City.

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Sunday, May 8 from 11 am to 1 pm

Balabustas! A Mother’s Day Walking Tour

For Mother’s Day, explore Jewish women’s history of the Lower East Side. We’ll begin with a mimosa toast in the historic dining in the Henry Street Settlement where we will hear about our first Lower East Side heroine, Lillian Wald, in the historic dining room in the Henry Street Settlement. Then follow in the footsteps of generations of neighborhood women, discovering synagogues, shops, settlement houses, a mikvah, and even a red light district. We’ll end with a tour and a light brunch courtesy of Kossar’s Bialys at the Museum at Eldridge Street.

$35 per person; includes a mimosa toast and light brunch

Co-presented with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy. Thanks to Kossar’s Bialys for their kosher food donation.

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Sunday, May 15 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

All of a Kind Family Walking Tour

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 Sydney Taylor’s beloved novel to life. Along the way, taste pickles from a barrel and shop for treats in an old fashioned candy store!

$20 per family - includes 2 adults and up to 3 children

For ages 4-11

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Sunday, May 15 at 3 pm

Yiddish Culture in the Age of the Start-Up

Yiddish is often seen as dying. But the last decade has seen a younger, secular generation of Yiddish lovers launch websites, start and reform organizations, and even found a Yiddish-speaking organic farm. Who are these new Yiddishists? What, if anything, defines Yiddish culture in the age of the start-up? This panel brings together prominent scholars and activists of New Yiddishism: Sarah Zarrow, managing editor of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies; Sandy Fox, doctoral candidate at NYU; Ross Perlin, of the Endangered Language Alliance; and Dmitri Zisl Slepovich, ethnomusicologist and leader of the band Litvakus.

$12 adults; $10 students and seniors

Co-sponsored with the Yiddish Book Center

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Thursday, May 26 at 7 pm

Concert: Yiddish and Chinese Folk Music with Hot Pstromi and the EastRiver Ensemble

Presenting a mash-up of Chinese and Yiddish folk music traditions! In this joyous concert, violinist Yale Strom’s Hot Pstromi and the EastRiver Ensemble explore the historical and musical connections between the Russian Jews and Chinese who lived together in Harbin, China from the turn of the twentieth century through World War II.

$25 adults; $15 students and seniors

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June 2016
Wednesday mornings, June 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

How to Advocate for Yourself in the World

There are many definitions of the word advocate and hundreds of advocacy groups. As former Public Advocate of the city of New York, Betsy Gotbaum will describe how she interprets the role of this position, what were the important issues she confronted and where people can turn to within and without city agencies when confronted with a myriad of problems She will give examples of problems and issues, and ask the class to share their own experiences with advocacy.  

$75 for four-session class

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Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 pm

Jane Jacobs Commemorative Lecture – Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

Landscape designer and preservationist Elizabeth Barlow Rogers will speak about the legacy of author and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities. Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Rogers.

Pay what you wish.

Presented with the Center for the Living City

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Sunday, June 19 from noon to 4 pm

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival

Celebrate the Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican communities of the Museum’s Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhood at the Museum’s annual block party.  What to expect? Lots of fun, including klezmer, cantorial, Peking opera, bomba and plena music; Yiddish, Mandarin and Spanish lessons; Hebrew and Chinese scribal art, yarmulke making, Chinese and Puerto Rican mask making; games of Mah Jongg; community arts and crafts; and, of course, kosher egg rolls, egg creams, empanadas and other tasty traditional foods!

This event is free

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Thursday, June 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

After Hours: Treasures of the Archives

See rarely displayed Judaica and artifacts from the Museum’s collection on this behind-the-scenes tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue followed by a wine reception.

$30 per person

Co-sponsored with City Reliquary

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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.