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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

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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March 2015
Sunday, March 29, 11 am to 1:00 pm

Matzo Madness!

Prizes, surprises, and plagues so sweet, they won’t scare anyone away. It’s Matzo Madness at Eldridge Street! Join us for edible plague making, holiday art, and an intriguing Passover scavenger hunt. Plus, author Evelyn Rothstein’s Lower East Side stories and a holiday sing-along with Puppeteer Ora Fruchter from Yellow Sneaker Puppets. Moses, music, mystery, and matzo? Now that’s Dayenu!  

$15 per family

For ages 4-11 Reservations required.

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Sunday, March 29 at 2 pm

Passover Nosh & Stroll

Journey into the kishkes of the old Jewish Lower East Side. On this tasty expedition we trace the route of turn of the century immigrants as they prepared for Passover. We’ll visit culinary and historic landmarks of the neighborhood as we shed light on holiday customs, food and history.

$25 per person - Space is limited and RSVP is required

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Mondays from 11 am to 12:30 pm: March 9, 16, 23 & 30

Memoir Workshop with Dr. Hanna Griff-Sleven

Have you been meaning to get your family story down on paper? Are there photographs and ephemera whose stories you want to record and pass down to the next generation? In this supportive classroom environment, share your family objects and anecdotes and be prompted to write about them in class. Each week you’ll focus on a different family object or event, and the end result will be the beginning of a valuable family document.

$15 per class; $50 for all 4 sessions

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

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Mondays from 11 am to 12:30 pm: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

From Volhinya to Brooklyn: Contemporary Hasidic Communities With Urban Historian Barry Feldman

Contemporary Hasidim are a modern people who have constructed social, cultural and religious communities to accommodate an old world frame of reference. Session one discusses the origin of Hasidism, its subsequent development throughout Eastern Europe and early courts. Following sessions will discuss the rich complexities surrounding leadership, social values, religious beliefs, rituals and customs regarding dress, modesty and diet in post-World War II reconstructed Hasidic communities. The final session will be a walking tour of a community in Brooklyn.

$15 per class; $65 for all 5 sessions

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

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Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8 at 2 pm

Passover Nosh & Stroll

Journey into the kishkes of the old Jewish Lower East Side. On this tasty expedition we trace the route of turn of the century immigrants as they prepared for Passover. We’ll visit culinary and historic landmarks of the neighborhood as we shed light on holiday customs, food and history.

$25 per person. Space is limited - RSVP required

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Tuesdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 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; $110 for all 8 sessions

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

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Thursdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm: March 12, 19, 26; 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; $200 for all 13 sessions

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

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April 2015
Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 pm: April 14, 21 & 28

Everything You Wanted to Know About Judaism But Were Too Afraid to Ask

In this class we will study basic ideas about Jewish thought and practice in a very unbasic way. What does it mean to be human? What is our role in this world? What does Judaism say about food, alcohol and sex? We will look at traditional texts in an innovative and creative way. Perfect for those who always wanted to know “why we do what we do.”

$15 per class; $40 for all 3 sessions

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

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Sunday, April 19, 11 am to 12:30 pm

For Families: 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. This Sunday, stroll through the story and onto the streets as we bring this beloved novel to life. Along the way, taste pickles from a barrel and shop for treats in an old fashioned candy store!  

$15 per family

For ages 4-11. Reservations required.

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May 2015
Sunday, May 3 at 2pm

The Shtetl in 20th Century 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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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.