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The Return of
Fiddler on the Roof

This fall, the Museum at Eldridge Street is presenting a host of special programs to celebrate the 51st anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof and its revival on Broadway. Based on Sholem Aleichem's stories of shtetl life, the celebrated musical has entranced audiences for generations.

Join us for a talk on the Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof, Fidl Concert with 21st Century Masters of the Klezmer Violin,Tevye's First Thanksgiving Family Program, An Afternoon with Legendary Lyricist Sheldon Harnick, and a Fiddler on the Roof Theatre Party.

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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November 2015
Tuesdays, 11 am to 12:30 pm, October 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17, 24; December 1

SOLD OUT – Jews and Christians: The Early Years

Due to the popularity of this class, we are considering offering a second session at a different day or time. Please email asteinmilford@eldridgestreet.org if you would be interested in attending. 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 Dr. Regina Stein and the class will explore as we analyze both Jewish and Christian sources that paint very different portraits of these movements from the 1st…

$90 for all 7 classes

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

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December 2015
Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30 pm

“Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli” – Book Talk with Ted Merwin

In Pastrami on Rye, the first full-length history of the New York Jewish deli, Ted Merwin traces the rise and fall of the Jewish deli in New York from its inception on the Lower East Side, to its heyday during the interwar era, to its rapid decline in the decades following the Second World War.  Merwin also explores the recent surge in popularity the deli has had among contemporary Jews who are returning the deli to cult status as they seek to reclaim their cultural identity.  The author will give a short talk about the book and sign copies, which will be available for sale.

This event is free; RSVP requested.

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Sunday, December 6 at 2 pm

An Afternoon with Lyricist Sheldon Harnick

An instant sensation when it opened in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof broke every box office record of its time. For more than half a century, the musical has thrilled audiences around the world and its songs are among Broadway’s most beloved. As the show returns to the New York stage this season, we’re thrilled to welcome Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick to Eldridge Street.  Join one of Broadway’s brightest lights on the eve of the Festival of Lights! Mr. Harnick speaks with author Alisa Solomon about his fascinating life, career, and the making of a musical masterpiece. Reception with traditional Chanukah treats to follow.

$18 adults; $15 students and seniors

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Tuesday, December 8 at 7 pm

Concert: FleytMuzik

The Museum is excited to present a special musical opportunity for you: All-star traditional klezmer ensemble FleytMuzik – featuring Adrianne Greenbaum (flute), Pete Rushefsky (cimbalom), Jake Shulman-Ment (violin), Brian Glassman (bass), and special guest Michael Alpert as (fiddler-badkhen) – will be presenting a public evening rehearsal at our beautiful landmark for their upcoming debut CD release and concert. They’ll lead you “backstage” to witness the inner workings of their creative process: What ideas will be bandied about? Whose ideas “win” and why? Who starts? They might even ask YOU for input and they may very well listen! The repertoire being rehearsed is from an unusual klezmer family folio from Dubiecko, Poland, a shtetl that was wiped out by the Holocaust but musically brought back via polkas, mazurkas, and other Polish dances mixed with klezmer dance…

$20 adults; $15 students/seniors

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Wednesday, December 9 from 6 to 9 pm

After Hours: Secrets of the Synagogue Tour and Chanukah Party

Tour our landmark sanctuary after hours and enjoy a wine reception. We’ll share historical secrets of our century old synagogue and point out some of the building’s most surprising architectural details.And to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights, we’ll point out the building’s dazzling lighting features, provide latkes, jelly donuts and other traditional holiday goodies, and light a menorah marking the fourth day of the holiday!

$30 per person

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Thursdays, 11 am to 12:30 pm December 10, 17

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

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Thursday, December 10 at 8 pm

“Fiddler on the Roof” Theater Party

Support the Museum at Eldridge Street community and see Fiddler on the Roof, the musical theater masterpiece that will return to Broadway this fall. You’ll savor the story of Jewish milkman Tevye, who strives to maintain “Tradition” as he sees his three oldest daughters fall in love. Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific) will direct the revival, which will be produced by Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel. Tony nominee Danny Burstein will play Tevye.  We have a block of great front mezzanine seats. Ticket price includes a tax-deductible donation. Please contact Eva Bruné at ebrune@eldridgestreet.org, or 212-219-0888 x202 for information and tickets. 

$175, includes a tax-deductible donation. Must be bought in advance.

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Sunday, December 13 at 11 am

When Mindy Saved Hanukkah Treasure Hunt!

Tiny Mindy shows what towering heroes are made of in Eric Kimmel’s popular children’s book, When Mindy Saved Hanukkah.  Best of all, the story takes place here in the Eldridge Street Synagogue! It’s a holiday adventure as Preservation Detectives follow Mindy’s mini footprints and search for the hidden Hanukkah candle. But look out! There’s a villain to vanquish first. Preservation Detectives, help Mindy save Hanukkah! Win a prize, make heroic art and edible dreidels too.

$15 per family

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Sunday, December 13 at 3 pm

Jewish Humor and Folklore with Steve Zeitlin

Folklorist Steve Zeitlin will consider how Jewish people, as outsiders in the Diaspora, have used stories, jokes and parables to negotiate their place in the world.  He is the Founding Director of City Lore, an organization dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage.  City Lore works with grassroots cultures to ensure their living legacy in stories and histories, places and traditions. Co-sponsored with City Lore.

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Sunday, December 20, at 3 pm

CONCERT: Debut Concert – Book of Questions

Leah Falk (text) and Joshua Morris (music), have created a remarkable song cycle inspired by ethnographer and playwright S. Ansky’s classic study of Jewish life in the Pale of Settlement in the early 20th century. Morris has set to music Falk’s adaptation of An-sky’s original questions, spoken by an An-sky like ethnographer character and a “child ethnographer” who embellishes and alters them.  This new work, “Book of Questions,” will be performed by members of Ghost Ensemble:  Martha Cargo (flute), Sky Macklay (oboe),  Hannah Levinson (viola), Brooks Frederickson (percussion), with guest performances by Dave Ruder (tenor) and Isabel Castellvi (soprano).  This modern classical piece explores the search for two versions of lost Jewish communal life: one partly recoverable through research and one that remains hidden, accessible only through imagination and story.

$20 adults; $15 students and seniors

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Friday, December 25, at 11 am


Sing, dance and learn Yiddish at our annual family concert.  Clarinetist Greg Wall and his band Klezmerfest lead the audience on a musical tour of Eastern European Jewish culture ending with a joyful audience-enacted shtetl wedding.

$12 adults; $10 students and seniors; $8 children 3-15; children under 3 are free

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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.