Monday, January 6 11 am – 12:30 pm
Book Club: "A Guide for the Perplexed" by Dara Horn
Join Museum Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Regina Stein for a discussion of Dara Horn's most recent novel, "A Guide for the Perplexed," a spellbinding novel of how technology changes memory and how memory shapes the soul. Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an application that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. But in Egypt’s post-revolutionary chaos, Josie is abducted—leaving Judith free to take over Josie’s life at home, including her husband and daughter, while Josie’s talent for preserving memories becomes a surprising test of her empathy and her only means of escape.
Fee: $10 per session
Part of the Morris Kaplan Scholar in Residence Program funded, in part, by the Alice Lawrence Foundation with additional support provided by The Edouard Foundation.
Sunday, January 12 • 1–4pm
WinterGreen Festival: A Tu B’Shvat Celebration
Sample holiday foods and tradition at our annual celebration of Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish New Year of Trees. Take part in a Tu B’Shvat seder. Enjoy a bialy demo with the folks from Kossar's. Explore your family tree at a genealogy workshop. Discover the history and "green" restoration of the Eldridge Street Synagogue on a sanctuary tour. Plus sustainable arts and crafts, a concert with Bash the Trash, and other holiday activities that honor Jewish cultural heritage and Tikkun Olam, the Jewish concept of healing the world.
$10 adults; $8 students and seniors; $6 children ages 3-17
Wednesday, January 15 • 11 am to 12 noon
Rugelach Making Workshop
Learn how to make rugelach, the traditional Jewish pastry, with a range of tasty fillings, including cinnamon, fruit and chocolate. All ingredients are kosher.
$20 adults. Space is limited and RSVP is required.
Tuesday, January 28 and Thursday, January 30 • 1 to 2:30 pm
Lower East Side Super Stroll
Enjoy an old-fashioned egg cream and a knish from Yonah Schimmel at the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Then visit landmarks of our Lower East Side neighborhood and discoer some of the long-ago characters of the area: gangsters and bankers, rabbis and rabble-rousers and more.
Tickets are $25 per person.
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.