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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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February 2017
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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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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March 2017
Thursdays 11 am to 12:30 pm - March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 20, May 4, 11, 18, 25

Not Just the Weekly Torah Portion – With Dr. Regina Stein

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.

$20 per class; $180 for all 10 classes

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Thursday, March 2 at 7 pm

OverConnected, InterWebbed (Or, How My Cellphone Hijacked My Life) – Story Slam with Reboot on our Analogue Selves

Harken back to the early 1900s when there were just smart people, not smartphones. In partnership with Reboot and in anticipation of the National Day of Unplugging on March 3-4, join us for a raucous evening of tale telling about your life (un)plugged in our very unplugged sanctuary. Share stories of emails you wish you had never sent, the sunset you experienced sans cellphone, tall tales of your digital addiction.  Actor Rachel Evans will emcee this evening of sharing.  Win a grand prize of a jar of pickles from the Pickle Guys for Best Story at the end of the evening.

$15 per person - includes a beer

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Sunday, March 5 at 3 pm

Parnuse: A Jewish Musical Legacy – Concert with Naum Goldenshteyn and Ensemble

German Goldenshteyn (1934-2006) has been described as “the closest thing the klezmer revival has to a Woody Guthrie or Lead Belly.” He came to the United States carrying a suitcase filled with his transcriptions of more than 900 rare melodies from Ukraine and his native Moldova, and transcribed an additional 200 tunes once here. Almost all of these musical pieces were previously unknown. At a concert in our magnificent sanctuary, his grand-nephew Naum Goldenshteyn and an ensemble of klezmer’s newest generation of performers will present a selection of these works. During the program, Naum Goldenshteyn will shares stories about his great-uncle.

$25 adults; $15 students and seniors

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Tuesdays 11 am to 12:30 pm - March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 25, May 9, 16, 23

King David: Adulterer, Murderer, Poet, Messiah (Second Semester) – With Dr. Regina Stein

“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, husband, friend, father and king, and explore God’s covenant with him and his descendants. We will investigate David’s role as poet in the book of Psalms, see how he is viewed by the Prophets of Israel, and follow him in history and Rabbinic legend as he becomes the ancestor of the Messiah. You do not need to have attended the first semester of the “King David” class to attend.

$20 per class; $160 for all 9 classes

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NEW DATE: Tuesday, March 7 at 7 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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Opening: Thursday, March 16 from 6 to 8 pm; On view through June 8, 2017

Lost Synagogues of Europe: Eastern European Jewish Postcards from the Collection of František Bányai

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.

Included with Museum admission

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Wednesday, March 20 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

Your Best Passover Yet – Pre-Holiday Lunch and Learn With Rabbi Aviad Bodner

Make this year’s Passover your most meaningful yet. Rabbi Aviad Bodner will share stories, strategies, traditions and teachings that will enrich your Seder and holiday. Gain insight into the Passover story. Learn about holiday celebrations through the ages. Infuse your Seder with new traditions and make connections with current events.  This class is for people with all levels of knowledge about Judaism. Aviad Bodner is the Rabbi of the Stanton Street Shul on the Lower East Side.

$25 per person - kosher lunch provided

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Thursday, March 23 at 7 pm

Art in Heaven – Film and Music with Z.S. Rosenfeld and Elie Massias

Filmmaker Z.S. Rosenfeld and award-winning musician Elie Massias team up to create a unique, immersive experience in our historic main sanctuary to complement our “Lost Synagogues of Europe” exhibition. Against the backdrop of Rosenfeld’s film of decaying synagogues in Europe, Massias will improvise and perform a haunting, real-time soundtrack with guitar, voice, saxophone, keyboard and looping recorder. This continuing film and musical project was born out of a trip Rosenfeld made to Europe to photograph the deteriorating structures of former synagogues. It became his mission to memorialize these once flourishing spiritual communities, and celebrate the artisans who built, carved and painted an array of unique prayer houses across Europe. Join Rosenfeld and Massias for a Q&A following the program.

$25 adults; $15 students and seniors

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Sunday, March 26 at 3 pm

Poyln: Farewell to the Homeland – “FleytMuzik” Concert with Adrianne Greenbaum, Michael Alpert, Brian Glassman, Jake Shulman-Ment and Pete Rushefsky

Behind every song there is a story, and behind this concert is a remarkable tale. In 1925 a musician from the Frand family in Dubiecko, Poland, travelled to the United States with a violin and a case stuffed with music. Here in America he dispersed the music to various family members. Join flutist Adrianne Greenbaum and her “FleytMuzik” ensemble of leading klezmorim: singer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Alpert, bassist Brian Glassman, violinist Jake Shulman-Ment, and cimbalist Pete Rushefsky – as they perform songs from this treasure trove of Jewish music. At the start of the program, Adrianne Greenbaum talks about how this music came to her and reunited a family.

$25 adults; $15 students and seniors

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April 2017
Sunday, April 2 at 2 pm

Jewish Landmarks of the Lower East Side – Pre-Passover Nosh & Stroll

Journey into the kishkes of the old Jewish Lower East Side. We start at our historic site, the Eldridge Street Synagogue, with a kosher-for-Passover spread of matzo, cream cheese, jam, pickles and chocolate from Streit’s Matzo and The Pickle Guys. Then we head out into the neighborhood visiting Jewish landmarks including the Forward Newspaper Building, Loew’s Theatre, the former home of Streit’s Matzo and more.

$30 per person - Includes a pre-tour nosh

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Thursday, April 6 at 7 pm

Secrets of the Synagogue – After Hours Building Tour

Join Museum Deputy Director Amy Stein-Milford for a behind-the-scenes look at our new “Lost Synagogues of Europe” exhibition and an investigation of our own historic house of worship.  What makes a synagogue a synagogue? How did synagogue design change over time and place? What surprising architectural details reveal the hidden history of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue? All will be revealed including numerological significance in the building’s stained glass, secret messages in the building’s painted designs, and religious symbols that recall ancient rites.

$30 per person - Includes wine reception

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Sunday, April 9 from 11 am to 1 pm

Matzo Madness

Moses, mystery, music, and matzo, now that’s Dayenu! Join us for a fun filled family favorite and make Matzo Madness part of your Passover preparation.  For families with children ages 4-11.

$20 per family

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Thursday, April 13 at 2 pm

Giants of the Lower East Side – Passover Week Walking Tour

On this trek through the Lower East Side, we will explore a cast of turn-of-last century figures, and the buildings where they lived, worked and prayed.  Your tour starts at the Magnificent and colorful Bialystoker Synagogue, where you will see the memorial plaque of a noted gangster.  Other stops include the building that housed a newspaper edited by a famous Yiddish Socialist, the settlement house founded by a tenacious 26 year old nurse, a yeshiva associated with one of this century’s most famous rabbis, and a former Bank building currently undergoing a major renovation.  Join us afterward for a kosher for Passover nosh in the historic sanctuary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and learn about characters associated with this historic house of worship. Co-sponsored by the Lower East Side Jewish…

$30 per person - Includes a kosher-for-Passover nosh

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Thursday, April 13 at 7 pm

Film: Streit’s Matzo and the American Dream – At the American Jewish Historical Society

In the heart of New York’s rapidly gentrifying Lower East Side four tenements housed the Streit’s Matzo factory from 1925 to 2015.  An iconic New York institution and a fifth-generation family business, the Streit’s factory and the Streit family have long held firmly to tradition, churning flour and water into matzos through ovens as old as the factory itself. This documentary film is a story of tradition, resistance and resilience, and a celebration of a family whose commitment to their heritage and to their employees is inspiring proof that the family that bakes together, stays together. Director Michael Levine and a Streit’s family member will conduct a Q&A following the film. This event takes place at the American Jewish Historical Society at 15 West 16th Street.

Advance Tickets: $10 general and $7 students; $12 at door

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Thursday, April 20 at 7 pm

Who Tells Your Story: Women in Preservation – Panel Discussion with Roberta Brandes Gratz, Claudette Brady, Nancy Rankin and Erin Tobin

Women have long played a prominent role in preserving our nation’s history and treasures. Why? These projects require devotion, passion and nurturing – qualities often associated with women – as well as tenacity, networking and cunning. Our panelists have those qualities in spades. Join Roberta Brandes Gratz, an award-winning journalist and urban critic who founded the effort to restore the Eldridge Street Synagogue; Claudette Brady, co-founder of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Society for Historic Preservation; Nancy Rankin, AIA, a principal with John G. Waite Associates, Architects; and Erin Tobin, Director of Preservation at the Preservation League of New York State who will serve as moderator. They will explore the outsized role women have played in preservation and urban planning.  After, meet the speakers, mingle with preservation professionals, and get involved in a variety of preservation projects.

$14 adults; $10 students and seniors

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Mondays 11 am to 12 pm - April 24 and May 1

Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas – With Maxine Simson

Russian-born Jewish immigrant Sophie Tucker evolved into a larger than life show-business phenomena. Dubbed “The First Lady of Show Business” for her bold and brassy persona, she sang songs of humorous raciness during a career that spanned sixty years. Her years in vaudeville, burlesque, nightclubs and concert halls was accompanied by the great inventions of the day: phonographs, nickelodeons, movies, radio and television. In this two-session course, we will explore the show business landscape of the early 20th century, the influence of Yiddish culture though the 21st century, and Sophie Tucker’s indelible mark on the business and entertainers who followed. Maxine Simson is a lecturer with the NYC Department of Aging and the owner of The Natural Resources Public Relations DBA, a PR and multi-media company.

$20 per class; $35 for both classes

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Tuesday, April 25 at 7 pm

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.

$14 adults; $10 students and seniors

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May 2017
Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30 pm

Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture – With Michael Kimmelman

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


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Sunday, May 7 from 1 to 3 pm

The Historic Bowery: A Walk along Lower Manhattan’s Most Notorious Street – With Esther Crain, founder of Ephemeral New York

“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. Join Esther Crain, founder of the website Ephemeral New York and author of The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910 for a tour of Manhattan’s infamous and fabled thoroughfare during its late 19th and early 20th century heyday. Meet at the Museum at Eldridge Street and enjoy a post-tour reception in the sanctuary.

$30 per person - Includes a post-tour nosh

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Mondays 11 am to 12 pm - May 8 and May 15

The Golden Age of Radio – With Maxine Simson

The Golden Age of Radio (1920s-50s) was the primary form of home entertainment before television. In our first session, we will talk about the development of radio as a form of mass communication for entertainment, news, farm reports, classical and country music, and the vaudeville stars who were featured entertainers. Session two will further explore the influence of this form of mass communication, the technical aspects of program delivery with a focus on the nationwide panic caused by a realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth called “War of the Worlds.”  Maxine Simson is a lecturer with the NYC Department of Aging and the owner of The Natural Resources Public Relations DBA, a PR and multi-media company.

$20 per class; $35 for both classes

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Sunday, May 14 at 11 am

Yiddishe Mamas: Mother’s Day Walking Tour

Invite the mothers and women you love 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.

$30 per person; starts with a mimosa toast and light brunch

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Thursday, May 18 at 7 pm

Cradle to the Grave – After Hours Building Tour

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 century-old bar mitzvah speech and learn about the first girl in the United States to have a bat mitzvah ceremony. We will use artifacts and oral histories from our collection to shed light on the milestones, both celebratory and solemn, that took place at the Eldridge Street Synagogue and on the Lower East Side.

$30 per person - Includes wine reception

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Sunday, May 21 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

All of a Kind Family Walking Tour

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. Recommended for All of a Kind Family fans of all ages (7 and up)  

$20 per family

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June 2017
Wednesday, June 7 at 7 pm

Lower East Side Sounds: Chinese, Puerto Rican and Jewish Folk Music

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 Bobby Sanabria and his group Quarteto Ache’; and Susan Cheng and members of Music from China. Discover the surprising connections between these different musical traditions and enjoy a jam finale with all three bands!

$25 adults; $15 students and seniors

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On view June 14 through August 31, 2017

Drawing Inspiration – Art Created by Students in the Museum’s School Programs

Throughout the year, the Museum at Eldridge Street welcomes K-12, university and lifelong students for programs on immigration, the changing landscape of the Lower East Side, poetry, shapes and colors, Jewish holidays, and more.  Enjoy art created by students who attended these programs during the 2016-17 school year.

Included with Museum admission

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Sunday, June 18 from 12 to 4 pm

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival

Join us for our 17th annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival, a joyous block party celebrating the diverse immigrant communities of our Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhood. With the Museum’s home, the landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue, as its centerpiece, the festival spills out onto the street with a mash-up of Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican tastes, traditions, sights and sounds. Activities and performances include klezmer, cantorial, mambo, salsa and Chinese folk music; Chinese opera performance; Hebrew and Chinese scribal arts; Puerto Rican mask and lace making yarmulke making, and Chinese folk arts; mah jongg; food demos; and arts and crafts. Kosher egg rolls, egg creams and empanadas will be for sale  


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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.