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May 2019

Tough Guys

May 15 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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November 2019

From Beame to Bloomberg: Jews in City Government

November 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Monday, repeating until December 2, 2019


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

Jews have been living in New York City since 1653. Since then, they have contributed to the growth of the city’s vibrancy and culture in myriad arenas. This course will profile Jewish politicians and their time in office, from New York’s first Jewish mayor, Abraham Became, and the fiscal crisis of the 1970’s to the economic recovery of the Koch era and the boom-times of Michael Bloomberg. You’ll explore other prominent personalities and their careers including House of Representative members…

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Joseph: Interpretations through the Ages

November 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until December 19, 2019


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

In this series with expert teacher Regina Stein, you will examine the variety of ways in which the story of Joseph, presented in Genesis 37-50, has been interpreted in post-Biblical Jewish literature (such as the Apocrypha and the Dead Sea Scrolls), by the classical rabbis, as well as by Christians and Muslims. In what ways do their interpretations promote their own agendas? How can a single Biblical character come to be understood in so many different ways? You’ll gain a…

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Outsiders Book Club

November 22 @ 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…

Free - $50.00
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December 2019

Medieval Jewish Thinkers in their Historical Contexts

December 3 @ 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…

$20.00 - $160.00
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