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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 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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December 2014
Monday, December 22 from 1 to 4 pm

Jewish Antiques: From Menorahs to Seltzer Bottles

Do you have a menorah passed down in your family that you want to know more about? How about that chatchke that your bubba or zayde bought in Israel? Join appraiser Tsadik Kaplan for a signing of his newly released book Jewish Antiques: From Menorahs to Seltzer Bottles. He will provide a free verbal appraisal of one Jewish object at no charge to everyone who purchases a copy. Regarding the appraisal: Anyone who buys the book will have it inscribed by the author and Mr. Kaplan will verbally appraise one Jewish object at no charge. He will tell you the age, origin and value of your Judaica. No books or painting please, only objects. One appraisal per book purchase. Mr. Kaplan is certified in USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal…

Purchase a copy of the book and receive one free verbal appraisal of one Jewish object

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Tuesday, December 23 from 4 to 6 pm

Chanukah Nosh, Cheer & Candle Lighting

Celebrate the lat night of Chanukah with us!  Join us for nosh, wine and a candle lighting ceremony in our magnificent main sanctuary. Includes a free synagogue tour.


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Wednesday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 30 from 11 am to 12 pm

Rugelach Making Workshops

Learn how to make delicious rugelach, the traditional Jewish pastry. The Museum’s one-hour cooking demo will teach you how to prepare the dough and make a host of tasty fillings, including chocolate, cinnamon and fruit.  Rugelach makers can then enjoy a tour of our magnificent landmark as the smells of baking rugelach waft through the building. OUR DECEMBER 24 WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT. SPACE AVAILABLE ON DECEMBER 30.

$15 per person; Space is limited and RSVP is required

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Wednesday December 24, from 2 to 3 pm

Hot Cider Walking Tour – December 24

Journey into the kishkes of the old Jewish Lower East Side. We provide a tasty trip back in time to the turn of the last century when the neighborhood was home to the largest Jewish population in the world. Enjoy culinary treats from area merchants; an exploration of local landmarks; and a brief tour of our own landmark, the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue.  

$20 per person; Tour meets at the Museum lobby at 12 Eldridge Street

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Thursday, December 25 - Tours: 10, 12 & 1; Concerts: 11 am and 2 pm

Klez for Kids and Synagogue Tours

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. The Museum is open until 3 pm on December 25th with synagogue tours offered during the day.

$12 adults; $10 students/seniors; $8 children 3-17; children under 3 are free

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January 20152015
Friday, January 2 from 10 am to 3 pm

Post New Year Architectural Tour

Join us for our first tour day of the New Year! We’ll fete 2015 and you with hot cider, challah, and at 1 pm a behind-the-scenes tour with Deputy Director Amy Stein-Milford. Synagogue tours are offered at 10, 11 and 12 noon as well.

$12 adults; $10 students/seniors

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Thursdays: Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 19, 26, March 12, 19, 26, April 16, 23, 30 from 11:00 to 12:30

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; $160 for all 12 sessions

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Monday, January 19 from 1 to 2 pm

What is Your Dream? A Martin Luther King Jr. Day Event

This Martin Luther King Day put your own dreams into words and art. We’ll read the award-winning story, What Do You Do With An Idea? and make collages inspired by Martin Luther King’s ideas, his famous speech … and your own dreams.

$15 per family

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Sunday, January 25 from 12 to 3 pm

Open House for Photographers & 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 your photographs and drawings with us on our Facebook, Instagram and our other social media outlets.


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Sunday, January 25 at 3 pm

Book Launch: Jewish New York

  Join us for a reception marking the publication of Jewish New York, Paul Kaplan’s road map to the history of Jewish immigrants and their descendants in the greatest American city (Pelican Publishing, 2015). This indispensable travel guide features Jewish historic sites, museums, synagogues, restaurants and entertainment venues that locals and visitors of every religion and nationality will enjoy exploring.


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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.