From Prague-based collector František Bányai comes a remarkable collection of historic postcards on Jewish themes. Both beautiful and poignant, the postcards offer a view of a time and place that no longer exist – synagogues, many destroyed during the Second World War, people on their way to prayer, celebrating and sending greetings in a vanished Eastern Europe of a century ago. This exhibit has been extended and will be on view through September 8.
“David, king of Israel, lives forever!” How does the complex, morally flawed David become the eternal hero of the Jewish people? In this semester we continue to evaluate David’s relationships as royal subject, …
Transplanted Cuisine: Ethnic and Regional influences on American Food Panel Discussion with Eve Jochnowitz and Sarah Lohman
Sarah Lohman, author of Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, Eve Jochnowitz, translator and annotator of the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook and co-host of Eat in Good Health, a Yiddish cooking show, and other food mavens discuss the role immigrants have played and play in shaping American food traditions.
Author and New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman speaks on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities. Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce him. This event is presented with the Center for the Living City
Bring your questions and opinions as we explore a variety of Jewish texts and issues—often related to the weekly Torah portion or its accompanying reading from the Prophets, but sometimes a Biblical or Rabbinic text that raises questions of contemporary interest. Knowledge of Hebrew and previous Torah study are not required.
“Next to Broadway, the most thoroughly characteristic street in the city is the Bowery,” wrote one journalist in 1872. Once one of New York’s most elegant streets, the Bowery became the city’s noisy, gritty main drag for cheap goods, raucous music halls, gang hangouts, flophouses, and Tammany Hall barrooms.
Invite the important women of your life to this exploration of Jewish women’s history of the Lower East Side. We start with a tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and a light kosher brunch. Then we follow in the footsteps of generations of neighborhood women, discovering synagogues, shops, settlement houses, a mikvah, and even a red light district.
Tour the Museum at Eldridge Street and celebrate the Jewish lifecycle – 1887 style! Stand under a huppah (wedding canopy) in our starry main sanctuary and learn about the dramatic story behind a pickle mogul’s wedding. Try your hand at reading a …
Families, reserve early – this perennial favorite fills up fast! An enchanting story about growing up on the Lower East Side a century ago, All of a Kind Family has delighted young readers for generations. Stroll through the story and onto the streets as we buy pickles, stop at a candy store, and bring Sydney Taylor’s beloved novel to life.
Lower East Side Sounds: Chinese, Puerto Rican and Jewish Folk Music – Concert with Bobby Sanabria, Zisl Slepovitch, and Music from China
Presenting a joyous mash-up of Chinese, Yiddish and Puerto Rican folk music traditions! We celebrate the diverse immigrant life of our Lower East Side neighborhood with performances by klezmer clarinetist Zisl Slepovitch and band; drummer …