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Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival Slideshow

Our annual block party, taking place every June, is a joyous cross-cultural celebration paying homage to the Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican 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, and looks at the way Jewish music influences and draws inspiration from other cultural traditions.


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.


Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture Series

Presented with the Center for the Living City, this series celebrates the life and legacy of preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006). In her work and in in influential book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), she argued that urban renewal did not respect the needs of most city dwellers.

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December 2016
Wednesday, December 14 at 7 pm

A Night with the Andy Statman Trio – Presented by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

Dubbed “a musician’s musician” by The New York Times, Andy Statman is one of the premier clarinetists and mandolinists playing today. Join him and his longtime partners Larry Eagle (percussion) and Jim Whitney (bass) for their trademark blend of American roots music, personal prayerful Hasidic music, klezmer, and avant-garde jazz.

$30 in advance; $45 at the door

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Opening Thursday, December 15 from 6 to 8 pm; On view through March 8, 2017

From the Blavatnik Archive – The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards: From Eastern Europe to the Lower East Side

In the early 20th century, the Lower East Side was the most crowded neighborhood in the world. Fleeing violent persecution, newly arrived immigrants from Eastern Europe recreated a familiar environment  of their previous homeland as they sought to establish new roots in America. Uniquely captured in postcards, the social media of the time, lively street scenes crowded with pickle vendors, pushcarts and horse-drawn carriages presented a stunning visual record of the “Jewish ghetto”in New York and shtetls and cities throughout Eastern Europe. In captivating color and stark black and white, an exhibition of original postcards from the Blavatnik Archive recall vanished places in the United States and Eastern Europe that are at the heart of the Jewish immigrant experience.

Included with Museum Admission

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Sunday, December 18 at 3 pm

Concert – The Fabulous Shpilkes

Trumpeter and vocalist Susan Watts commands a klezmer repertoire that is four-generations strong. Together with her mother, drummer Elaine Hoffman Watts, they will perform music written by Elaine’s grandfather in the Ukraine, her father in the United States, as well as their own more recent compositions.

$25 adults; $15 students and seniors

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TUESDAY - November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, December 6, 13 & 20 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

King David: Adulterer, Murderer, Poet, Messiah – with Dr. Regina Stein

The story of King David is the richest, most robust and complex portrait of any character in the Hebrew Bible. As king and warrior David excels. But in his human relationships with his wives, children, and others, David’s behavior is often less than heroic. How does David become the eternal hero of the Jewish people? Why does Jewish tradition teach that the Messiah will be a descendent of King David? In the fall semester of this course we will discuss David’s relationships with both human beings and God as presented by the author of I-II Samuel. In the winter semester, we will explore David’s image as poet in the book of Psalms and the role assigned to him by the rabbis as the ancestor of the messiah and redeemer of…

$20 per class; $140 for all eight sessions

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Our Wednesday, November 30 class has been cancelled. Class will resume on December 7, 14 & 21 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

The Good Good-Bye: On Death and Dying – With Rabbi Aviad Bodner

Explore the views and practices of the Jewish tradition on death and mourning, including end of life matters, burial and funeral customs, suicide, renting of garments, shiva practices and the Jewish view of the afterlife. Aviad Bodner is rabbi of the Stanton Street Shul on the Lower East Side.

$20 per class; $140 for all eight sessions

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THURSDAY - November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

Not Just the Weekly Torah Portion with Dr. Regina Stein

Bring your questions and opinions as we explore a variety of issues raised by the Torah portion each week incorporating both modern critical as well as traditional approaches to the biblical text. Knowledge of Hebrew and previous Torah study are not required.

$20 per class; $120 for all seven classes

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Sunday, December 25 from 12 to 5 pm

Holiday Celebration on December 25

Looking for something fun to do on Christmas Day – also the second day of Chanukah? Visit a landmark synagogue in Chinatown! Join the Museum for tours, scavenger hunts, and an art activity inspired by Chanukah cards featured in the Blavatnik Archive (12-3 pm). At 3 pm, the Museum screens the 1925 silent film His People with an original score created and performed live by saxophonist Paul Shapiro and his sextet. Young and old will be on the edge of their seats, riveted by this century old story of a Lower East Side immigrant family. At 4:30 the Museum conducts a Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony.

$14 adults; $10 students/seniors; $6 children

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Monday, December 26 at 1 pm

Hot Cider Walking Tour of the Lower East Side – Dec. 26

Take a tasty trip back in time to the early 20th century when the Lower East Side was home to the largest Jewish population in the world. This walking tour visits streets and sites featured in The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards exhibition, and includes a toasty tour of our landmark sanctuary, hot cider, and treats from The Pickle Guys and other local vendors.

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

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Tuesday, December 27 at 1 pm

Folklore of the Synagogue

Folklorist and the Museum’s Program Director Hanna Griff-Sleven shares stories about the Eldridge Street Synagogue and its early immigrant congregation, including a butcher, a banker, a boxer, and a mikvah operator. Afterward enjoy an old-school kiddush with herring, pumpernickel and a shot of slivovitz.

$14 adults; $10 students/seniors, includes Museum admission

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Tuesday, December 27 from 7 to 9 pm

Candlelight Tour and Soiree

We recreate the gas-lit interior of the synagogue’s early days to celebrate the fourth night of Chanukah – the Jewish Festival of Lights! Join us for a tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, including our new exhibition of Lower East Side postcards. Then enjoy a spread of wine and latkes, light the menorah, and share other holiday traditions.

$30 per person

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Wednedsay, December 28 at 1 pm

Hot Cider Walking Tour of the Lower East Side – Dec. 28

Take a tasty trip back in time to the early 20th century when the Lower East Side was home to the largest Jewish population in the world. This walking tour visits streets and sites featured in The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards exhibition, and includes a toasty tour of our landmark sanctuary, hot cider, and treats from The Pickle Guys and other local vendors.

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

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January 20172017
Monday, January 16 from 1 to 2:30 pm

What’s Your Dream? Martin Luther King Jr. Day Family Program

The immigrants who built the Eldridge Street Synagogue crossed the ocean in search of freedom.  Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for justice and civil rights. Through their hopes, hard work, and dreams of a better life, our nation’s immigrants and Dr. King slowly changed the country and the world. Join us for Kobi Yamada’s beautiful book, What Do You Do With An Idea? We’ll listen to King’s famous speech and make art inspired by his ideas … and our own dreams.

Pay What You Wish - Reservations Required

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February 2017
Sunday, February 5 at 2 pm

Clairvoyant Housewives, Cookbook Mavens and Other Advice Givers – Lecture with Dr. Annie Polland

Dr. Annie Polland discusses the transition from Eastern European shtetls and cities to the crowded streets of the Lower East Side with a focus on Jewish immigrant women’s pivotal roles in both shaping their homes and New York’s growing economy. Polland is the Senior Vice President for Programs & Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the co- author, with Daniel Soyer, of City of Promises :Emerging Metropolis, winner of the National Jewish Book Award and  Landmark of the Spirit: The Eldridge Street Synagogue.

$14 adults; $10 students/seniors

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Sunday, February 12 from 11 am to 1 pm

FOR FAMILIES – Pushcarts and Postcards: A Hot Cider Walking Tour

Before Snapchat, there were postcards! One hundred years ago, postcards were a wonderful way to share views of new places with friends and family – including images of the exotic Lower East Side! To celebrate our exhibit of historic postcards from the Blavatnik Archive, we’ll take to the streets and see what these local sites look like today. We’ll visit the spot where pushcarts reigned supreme and pickles were the original fast food. Along the way we’ll hear what immigrants and tourists alike thought of the “most crowded place on earth.” Afterwards warm up with hot cider and treats as we create our own postcards. Recommended for families with children ages 4 to 11.

$20 per family - Reservations Required

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Sunday, February 12 from 3 to 5 pm

Tenement Songs: Popular Music of the Jewish Immigrants

Ethnomusicologist Mark Slobin discusses the rise of Yiddish popular music in vaudeville dives, at the Yiddish theater and on parlor pianos in tenement homes during the era of mass migration to the United States.  Sing along as Miryem-Khaye Seigel, Lauren Brody and Jake Shulman-Ment bring this music to life.

$14 adults; $10 students/seniors

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Thursday, February 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Secrets of the Synagogue: After Hours Tour – Presented with Untapped Cities

Tour our landmark sanctuary after hours and enjoy a wine reception. We’ll share historical secrets of our century old-synagogue, point out some of the building’s most surprising architectural details and hear from archivist Nancy Johnson, co-curator of The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards exhibition.

$30 per person

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Sunday, February 26 at 2 pm

Jewish New York – Conversation & Reception

This round-table discussion on historic and cultural treasures of the Jewish Lower East Side features Niki Russ Federman, fourth generation co-owner of Russ & Daughters, Russ & Daughters Café and Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum; Alexandra Kelly, Manager of the New York Public Library’s Lower East Side oral history project; and filmmaker Casimir Nozkowski who will share his short film on the home he grew up in, a former synagogue on Hester Street. Paul Kaplan, author of Jewish New York, will moderate.

$14 adults; $10 students/seniors

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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.