The Museum is always looking for dynamic & enthusiastic volunteers. We ask that applicants commit to at least 2 days/month and attend meetings & scheduled lectures.

Volunteering at Eldridge Street

docentVolunteer docents play a crucial role in fulfilling the museum’s mission. They bring to life the history and architecture of the building for tens of thousands of visitors each year. Docents serve as the point of contact between the museum and the public, warmly welcoming visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

We are always looking for dynamic and enthusiastic volunteers to join our team!

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If you are interested in volunteering, contact Courtney Byrne-Mitchell at either or 212-219-0302 x 5.

You can access the Volunteer Application here.


Volunteer Opportunities


Conduct interactive, engaging tours for visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, greet and orient visitors and share the history and story of the Eldridge Street Synagogue in a one-hour, interactive tour.


(K-12 programs) Conduct educational programs for visitors in grades K-12 of all backgrounds and abilities. Applicants with teaching experience will be given preference.

Administrative Assistance

Aid our staff with administrative tasks such as mailings and data entry. Computer skills required.


Volunteers should demonstrate excellent public speaking and listening skills, friendly and warm demeanor, cultural sensitivity in interpreting a Jewish sacred site for a broad audience, and an interest in Jewish culture, immigration history, and architecture.


Training varies depending on desired volunteer responsibilities. New docents participate in a training period of 4-6 weeks including orientation meeting, introductory classes, studying source material, shadowing current docents on tours and a test tour.

Time Commitment

Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of two days per month for a minimum of six months and to attend docent training workshops regularly.

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