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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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November 2014
4 sessions: Mondays Nov 17, 24, Dec 1, 8 from 11:00 to 12:30

Memoir Writing Workshop

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 classes - Space is limited and reservations are required.

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November 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. Take just one or the whole series of eight classes.

$15 per class; $110 for all 8 classes

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Thursdays, November 20; Dec. 4, 11, 18 from 11 to 12:30 pm

The Many Faces of Torah

The Five Books of the Torah have always been interpreted in many different ways. Using the weekly Torah portion as our jumping off point, we will delve into Biblical texts, commentaries, and the questions they raise. From the 1st century allegory of Philo in Alexandria to the critical commentaries of contemporary American and Israeli scholars, we will discuss and debate insights from a variety of disciplines as we continue the Jewish tradition of Torah study. Take just one or the whole series of eight classes.

$15 per class; $110 for all 8 classes

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December 2014
Sunday, December 14 from 11 am to 1 pm

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! Join us for this holiday tale then set out on a Mindy treasure hunt! Explore the synagogue’s nooks and crannies the way Mindy did, find surprises in unexpected places, and make holiday art and treats!

$15 per family

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Monday, December 15 from 7 to 9 pm

CD Release Concert: Metropolitan Klezmer

Metropolitan Klezmer launches “Mazel Means Good Luck,” the band’s fifth album of joyous, evocative and marvelously eclectic music – just in time to celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary and on the cusp of Hanukkah, too! The full octet performs an original, neo-traditional repertoire, from full-out rollicking freylekhs and swinging post-war Yiddish pop, to wistful and little-known late Soviet cartoon score, and the gorgeous and genre-defying compositions by Metropolitan Klezmer bandmates themselves.

$20 adults; $15 students and seniors

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Sunday, December 21 from 7 to 9 pm

CD Release Concert: Yiddish Art Trio

Rising new ensemble Yiddish Art Trio is redefining the sound of contemporary klezmer.  Three of the most exciting klezmer musicians in New York today,  Michael Winograd (clarinet), Benjy Fox-Rosen (bass/vocal) and Patrick Farrell (accordion), blend infectious traditional melodies with new compositions, sumptuous chamber music-like arrangements and breathtaking improvisations

$20 adults; $15 students and seniors

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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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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.

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

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Sunday, Dec. 21 and Wednesday, Dec. 24 from 2 to 3: 30 pm

Hot Cider Walking Tours

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 adults - Space is limited and RSVP is required

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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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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.