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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. This fall, we present works that are inspired by and reinterpret the Golden Age of Cantorial Music to mark the 125th anniversary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue.

The Morris Kaplan Scholar-in-Residence Program

The Museum's Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Regina Stein is an engaging instructor of Jewish history and culture. Dr. Stein also teaches at the Skirball Program for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El, the Context Program of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and other New York area synagogues and institutions.

The Museum at Eldridge Street's Adult Learning program 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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September 2014
Sunday, September 21 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

Chocolate Meltdown!

Calling all Preservation Detectives for a Rosh Hashanah treat. Welcome the Jewish New Year with holiday chocolate making, art making, and a fun filled scavenger hunt. Sad to say so-long to summer? Don’t cry, have a meltdown – a chocolate meltdown – and start the new season with something sweet!

$15 per family - space is limited and reservations are required

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Sunday, September 21 at 4 pm

Jewish Baroque Music – With the Concertino New York Chamber Ensemble

Our historic landmark provides a magnificent and fitting backdrop for a performance of instrumental and vocal music by Italian, French, Austrian, English and Dutch composers of the 17th and 18th centuries, including Handel, Rossi, Saladin and others. These beautiful compositions were commissioned by major European synagogues and performed during the different occasions of the Jewish calendar. This concert features artistic director Simona Frenkel and her Concertino New York Chamber Ensemble, showcasing some of the finest young professional musicians in the greater New York area.

$20 adults; $15 students and seniors

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October 2014
Sunday, October 5 from 2 to 3 pm

Incredible Edible Sukkah!

Build a sukkah under our golden stars – an edible sukkah that is! Celebrate Sukkot, the Feast of the Booths, by making your own mini booth to feast on. We’ll bring candy, pretzels, and graham crackers, you’ll bring imagination, innovation and flair! Enjoy our new visitor center and a family friendly tour as well. Book soon, sweet supplies are limited!

$15 per family - space is limited and reservations are required

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Tuesday, October 7 at 7 pm

Screening: All This Has Come Upon Us

Czech Television’s second documentary film on artist Mark Podwal offers a portrait of the creative process behind his recent Terezin Ghetto Museum exhibition. Each artwork resembles a book’s pages on which the tragedies pictured are paired with biblical verses from Psalms. Filmed in Prague, Terezin, Auschwitz, Krakow and in New York at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, the documentary includes interviews with leading personalities discussing Podwal’s art.

This event is free

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Sunday, October 12 from 10 am to 5 pm

Open House New York

Take a tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue’s authentically restored main sanctuary and learn about its architecture and history as part of openhousenewyork, America’s largest architecture and design event. Family-friendly activities offered all day.

This event is free

This event is part of openhousenewyork

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Monday, October 13 at noon

Archtober – Building of the Day Tour

The Museum at Eldridge Street, housed in the Eldridge Street Synagogue – an 1887 National Historic Landmark – opened a new visitor center and permanent exhibition in 2014. Join architects Benjamin D. Kracauer and Reuben Jackson for a tour of the newly opened space as they share their vision and plans for the center. Museum Deputy Director Amy Stein-Milford will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the synagogue’s magnificent restored sanctuary. This event is part of Archtober, an annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions in New York City.


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Tuesday, October 14 at 7 pm

Azafea: A Spanish Odyssey – With Remy Yulzari and Nadav Lev

Travel to places far and wide, old and new, with the borders-crossing duo of Remy Yulzari (double bass) and Nadav Lev (guitar). They explore some of the most loved Sephardic music, using a personal approach that derives from diverse musical genres, including folk, classical, jazz and klezmer. Along with their special musical guest trumpeter Frank London, they create a fascinating, surprising and compelling musical experience.

$20 adults; $15 students and seniors

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Sunday, October 19 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

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. Preservation Detectives will stroll through the story and onto the streets as we follow the adventures of Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie … and bring this beloved novel to life!

$15 per family - space is limited and reservations are required

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8 Sessions: Tuesdays Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25; Dec. 2, 9, 11 am to 12:30 pm

Modernity and the Bible – With Dr. Regina Stein

Who wrote the Bible? Did the events it presents happen as the Bible describes them? Is the text of the Torah scroll accurate? Medieval rabbinic commentators had clear answers to these questions. But modern scientific discoveries, archaeology and literary theories radically challenged many traditional notions. How should we read the Bible in the 21st century? To answer this complex question, we will explore some of the personalities, ideas and debates from the classical rabbinic period to the Middle Ages, and from the Enlightenment to today.

$15 per class; $110 for all 8 classes

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Tuesday, October 21 from 6:30 to 8 pm

Book Launch: A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987

Dr. Kathryn Hellerstein’s (University of Pennsylvania) new book explores an aspect of Yiddish literature that has long been overlooked: the roles that women poets played in forming a modern Yiddish literature.  She will be joined by Professor David Roskies (Jewish Theological Seminary) for a discussion, readings of poetry in Yiddish and English, and a festive reception.

This event is free

Co-sponsored by The Anne Frank Center USA

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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.