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May 2019

Joseph: From Spoiled Brat to Savior II

May 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

The story of Joseph is the longest and most sophisticated in the Book of Genesis. It’s also been interpreted in myriad ways. But by reading it closely and examining Joseph’s interactions with others, we can come to understand him more fully. We will also explore the range of interpretations of the Joseph story – by the rabbis and the Apocrypha, as well as by Christians and Muslims. This course is a continuation of our exploration of the Joseph story, but…

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Jews and Muslims: Beyond the Early Years II

May 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

From the 8th to the 12th centuries, the vast majority of world Jewry lived under Muslim rule. The relationship changed Judaism forever – giving rise to new forms of Jewish practice, new genres of Jewish literature, and revolutionary ways of considering age-old philosophical and theological questions. In these ten sessions, explore the religious and cultural connections between Jews and Muslims of that period. This course is a continuation of our exploration of Jews and Muslims in history, but new participants…

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Tough Guys

May 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Take a walk on the wild side with this two-part course! Classic Hollywood films were full of fictional “tough guys” – brooding, tough-as-nails, and just a little bit dangerous. But art imitated life, and those movies sparked public interest in stories of organized crime, mobsters and other dabblers of dark deeds. Expert teacher Maxine Simson will lead these fun and informative sessions on some of our most famous tough guys and the characters that they inspired

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Joseph: From Spoiled Brat to Savior II

May 16, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

The story of Joseph is the longest and most sophisticated in the Book of Genesis. It’s also been interpreted in myriad ways. But by reading it closely and examining Joseph’s interactions with others, we can come to understand him more fully. We will also explore the range of interpretations of the Joseph story – by the rabbis and the Apocrypha, as well as by Christians and Muslims. This course is a continuation of our exploration of the Joseph story, but…

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The Second Migration: From Lower East Side to Greater New York

May 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

At the turn of the 20th century, more than half a million Jewish immigrants, from countries in Eastern Europe, lived on the Lower East Side. But just 20 years later, less than half that number still called the neighborhood home. What came after the Lower East Side for America’s Jewish immigrants? This five-part class begins with a focus on the iconic Jewish Lower East Side before following the migration of New York’s Jews – uptown and across the rivers. Most…

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Joseph: From Spoiled Brat to Savior II

May 23, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

The story of Joseph is the longest and most sophisticated in the Book of Genesis. It’s also been interpreted in myriad ways. But by reading it closely and examining Joseph’s interactions with others, we can come to understand him more fully. We will also explore the range of interpretations of the Joseph story – by the rabbis and the Apocrypha, as well as by Christians and Muslims. This course is a continuation of our exploration of the Joseph story, but…

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June 2019

The Second Migration: From Lower East Side to Greater New York

June 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

At the turn of the 20th century, more than half a million Jewish immigrants, from countries in Eastern Europe, lived on the Lower East Side. But just 20 years later, less than half that number still called the neighborhood home. What came after the Lower East Side for America’s Jewish immigrants? This five-part class begins with a focus on the iconic Jewish Lower East Side before following the migration of New York’s Jews – uptown and across the rivers. Most…

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The Second Migration: From Lower East Side to Greater New York

June 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

At the turn of the 20th century, more than half a million Jewish immigrants, from countries in Eastern Europe, lived on the Lower East Side. But just 20 years later, less than half that number still called the neighborhood home. What came after the Lower East Side for America’s Jewish immigrants? This five-part class begins with a focus on the iconic Jewish Lower East Side before following the migration of New York’s Jews – uptown and across the rivers. Most…

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October 2019

Outsiders Book Club

October 25, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on November 22, 2019 at 11:00 am

One event on December 20, 2019 at 11:00 am


Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

In honor of the Year of the Woman – celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage – this book club celebrates stories of women as outsiders. The protagonists of these novels, short stories and memoirs find themselves on the margins of society – as activists encountering political, sexual or social opposition, or minorities struggling to understand a new culture. Through reading benchmarks, thoughtful questions and group discussions, you’ll unpack women-centric narratives and themes. Each month, you skilled group leader Lucy…

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Medieval Jewish Thinkers in their Historical Contexts

October 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until December 17, 2019


Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Jews, Muslims, and Christians asked many of the same questions in the Middle Ages: What is God? What are religious truths and what are our best sources for knowing them? What does God want from us? What is evil and where does it come from? How should we live a good life? This course will explore three of the major medieval Jewish thinkers—Saadia Gaon, Judah Halevi, and Maimonides—as we compare their answers to some of these questions in the context…

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