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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. Check out a photo gallery of all the amazing festival activities.


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.

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July 2015
Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27

Summer 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; $105 for all 8 classes

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

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Thursday, July 9 from 1 to 4 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 via email or on Instagram.

This event is free - registration required.

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Summer Family Favorites! Sunday, July 12 from 11 am to 12 pm

Hidden Spaces and (kind of) Creepy Places

When the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue was restored, everything was painted, polished, and repaired. Wait – did we say EVERYTHING? Preservation Detectives, this summer we’ve got a cool case to crack. Follow mysterious clues, discover century old secrets, and find out why this door is hardly ever opened! You bring the courage and curiosity, we’ll bring the flashlights. Win a prize and make an art project too!

$15 per family

Recommended for children ages 4-11. Reservations required.

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Tuesday, July 14 at 7 pm

The Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food

Book Talk and Nosh with Laura Silver.   Join the world’s leading knish expert and author Laura Silver for a lively talk about her seven-year, three-continent quest for traces of the humble hunk of stuffed dough with strong ties to the Lower East Side. Sholom Aleichem, I.B. Singer and Gussie Schwebel, the courageous knish maker of East Houston Street, all figure in this savory and heartwarming lecture. Laura Silver is the award-winning author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food (Brandeis, 2014), which the New York Times called “whimsical mouthwatering, and edifying.” And what would a talk about knishes be without some delicious samples? Enjoy potato, sweet potato, kasha, and more – from nearby Yonah Schimmel, of course.  

$10 - includes a knish of your choice

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Wednesday, July 22 at 7 pm

The Secret History of the Lower East Side – Walking Tour and Wine Reception

Co-presented with Untapped Cities First, discover the hidden history and current life of architectural gems of our Lower East Side neighborhood, including the abandoned Loew’s Theater, Jarmulowsky Bank, Forward Newspaper Building, and even a former red light district. Then enjoy wine and explore our magnificent landmark site, the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. This event is co-presented with Untapped Cities.

$30 for walking tour & wine reception; $20 for reception only - Space is limited and RSVP is required

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Tuesday, July 28 from 6:30 to 8 pm

Revolution, Radicalism and Rebellion in Judaism – with Rabbi David Kalb

In this class we will explore people and movements who have challenged religious, communal, and political authority from ancient times to the present. When is dissent permissible or even an obligation? How has critique sometimes degraded into fundamentalism? We will examine biblical sources and apply it to our current situation as Jews living in the 21st century.

$15 per session; $40 for all three

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August 2015
Wednesday, August 5 at 7 pm

Yiddish Swing Concert with Jordan Hirsch and Band

From Harold Arlen and Eddie Cantor to Ziggy Elman and Mannie Klein, the world of jazz and the Great American songbook has deep roots in the world of Yiddish and klezmer.  Join trumpeter Jordan Hirsch and band for an entertaining evening of jazz, swing and klezmer favorites.

$20 adults; $15 students/seniors

Photo by Avia Moore

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Summer Family Favorites! Sunday, August 9 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

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.  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

Recommended for ages 4-11. Reservations required.

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Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 pm

Eldridge Street After Hours Building 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 New York City’s off-the-beaten-path treasures. Plus: opportunity to swap historical fact, Yiddish insults and compliments, and quirky architectural details with fellow tour-goers at a wine reception following the tour.

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

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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.