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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.

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April 2015
Tuesdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm: 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

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

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Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 pm: April 14, 21 & 28

CANCELLED – Everything You Wanted to Know About Judaism

Please note this class has been cancelled.

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Thursdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm: 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

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

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May 2015
Sunday, May 3 at 2pm

The Shtetl in Yiddish Literature with Professor Jeffrey Shandler

The shtetl, or provincial town of Eastern Europe, emerged as the quintessential setting of Yiddish literature in the works of its “classic” writers, S. Y. Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and Y. L. Peretz.  But that was just the beginning. New generations of Yiddish authors continued to revisit the shtetl in their writings, even as Jews moved away to big cities and other countries, and Jewish life all but disappeared from these towns in the wake of the Holocaust. Dr. Jeffrey Shandler (Rutgers University) will trace the depiction of the shtetl in Yiddish writing, and performer Miryem-Khaye Seigel will read excerpts from novels, poetry, and memoirs.

$12 adults; $10 students, seniors and members of the Yiddish Book Center

Co-sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center

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Thursday, May 7 at 7pm

Klezmer Violin with Deborah Strauss and Jake Shulman-Ment

Join us for an evening of beautiful violin music by two of klezmer’s most talented practitioners: Deborah Strauss and Jake Shulman-Ment. They present traditional melodies by recently rediscovered Eastern European composers as well as their own original compositions. Inspiration for the duo is far-ranging, and includes klezmer, cantorial, and Hasidic nigunim, as well as Romanian, Roma, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, and Hungarian folk music.

$20 adults; $15 students and seniors

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Sunday, May 10 at 11 am

Yiddishe Mama’s Mother’s Day Walking Tour

Treat your mother, grandmother and beloved women in your life to a special Lower East Side outing. We’ll meet at our magnificent landmark, where we serve mimosas, rugelach, bialys and other treats from the neighborhood. Then we follow in the footsteps of generations of Lower East Side women, discovering synagogues, shops, settlements houses, a mikvah, and even a red light district.

$25 per person. Space is limited, RSVP required.

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Sunday, May 17 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

For Families: Old Time Street Games

Sure, computer games are fun but so are the old neighborhood favorites. Stickball, stoop ball, handball, hit the penny, jump rope, cards and jacks – you name it, kids played it and this Sunday so will we.  After the games, how about another old time favorite? A stop at the local candy store!  

$15 per family

For ages 4-11 Reservations required

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Wednesday, May 27 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: plenty of time for wine, schmoozing, and swapping historical facts and quirky architectural detail with fellow tour-goers. We promise you an Instagram-worthy evening.

$30 per person - Space is limited and RSVP is required

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June 2015
Sunday, June 7 from 12 pm to 4 pm

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival — and introducing Empanadas!

This year, our signature festival celebrating Jewish and Chinese culture will expand to also feature the food, music and folk arts of the Puerto Rican community of our neighborhood. Enjoy Chinese opera, klezmer and salsa and plena music; Yiddish, Mandarin and Spanish lessons; Hebrew and Chinese scribal art, Puerto Rican mask making, mah jongg and, of course, egg rolls, egg creams and empanadas – all kosher! Plus so much more! Don’t miss New York City’s best block party, a cross-cultural celebration of the Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican communities of our unique Lower East Side neighborhood.

This event is free!

Funding for the Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival is provided in part by NYC & Co. Foundation/MBPO Cultural Tourism, New York City Council/The Honorable Margaret Chin, Valley National Bank, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Thanks to Brooklyn Seltzer Boys and Fox's U-Bet for their kosher food donations.

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Sunday, June 21 at 3 pm

Yiddish Lullabies & Love Songs with Inna Barmash

Raw, beautiful and elegant. Chanteuse Inna Barmash presents a repertoire of Yiddish lullabies, love ballads, and songs of love gone wrong including rarely heard treasures of old Soviet-era anthologies collected in the shtetls of Ukraine in the early 20th century.      

$18 per person

Part of CultureFest New York. Co-Sponsored by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.

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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.