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October 2018

Joseph: From Spoiled Brat to Savior

October 4 @ 11:00 am - December 13 @ 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 US

The story of Joseph is the longest and most sophisticated in the Book of Genesis. By reading it closely and examining Joseph’s interactions with others, we can come to understand him more fully. With teacher Regina Stein, you will do that in ten sessions. You will also explore the range of interpretations of the Joseph story by rabbis, as well as by Christians and Muslims. Dr. Regina Stein is the Morris Kaplan Scholar-in-Residence at the Museum at Eldridge Street. She…

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Jews on the Supreme Court

October 8 @ 11:00 am - November 5 @ 11:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 US

Louis Brandeis’ 1918 appointment to the Supreme Court began a consistent Jewish presence in this esteemed arena. The four-session class will explore the biographies and tenures of the eight Jews who have been appointed to the high court. Popular teacher Barry Feldman will lead discussions of the presidential and political considerations in nominations and confirmations. Over four sessions, you will explore the Justices’ innovation, advocacy, and interpretation of the law, from the New Deal to same-sex marriage. Barry Feldman is…

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Jews and Muslims: Beyond the Early Years

October 9 @ 11:00 am - December 11 @ 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 US

The vast majority of the world Jewry lived under Muslim rule from the 8th to 12th centuries. In this ten session class, you will explore the religious and cultural connections between Jews and Muslims of that period. The relationship changed Judaism forever – giving rise to new forms of Jewish practice, new elements of Jewish literature, and revolutionary ways of considering age-old philosophical and theological questions. Attend the full course or drop in on individual dates. Dr. Regina Stein is…

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Immigrants as Artist Pioneers

October 10 @ 11:00 am - October 17 @ 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 US

In the late-19th and early-20th centuries, immigrants from Eastern Europe poured into the Lower East Side, creating crucibles of creative energy and ambition. Despite being newcomers, these individuals quickly made indelible contributions to American arts and culture. This two-session course will highlight two immigrant families, the Adlers and Gershwins, whose creative chutzpah forever changed American entertainment. The Adler patriarch first arrived in New York in 1889, and became famous for daring Yiddish melodrama. But it was his daughter Stella who…

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November 2018

In Their Own Words: The Eldridge Street Minute Books

November 12 @ 11:00 am - December 3 @ 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 US

In 1850, a small congregation of immigrants organized Bet Hamedresh, an intimate congregation worshipping below Canal Street. By 1887, this congregation, renamed Kahal Adas Jeshurun built what was commonly referred to as the Eldridge Street Shul. Along the way, the congregation meticulously documented its evolution in minute books. Handwritten in Yiddish, these fascinating historical artifacts hold a wealth of information about the congregation’s aspirations, disagreements, compromises and successes. Join Eldridge Street maven Barry Feldman to dive into these 100-year-old records…

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