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Shuls of Grandeur on the Lower East Side

October 6, 2019 @ 10:45 am - 1:30 pm


On this fall walking tour presented in partnership with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, you will visit two grand synagogues on the Lower East Side – rare remnants from a time when the neighborhood would have been filled with bustling houses of worship. Although both sites were places of prayer for new Jewish immigrants to the United States, their origins, histories, and architecture are entirely unique. The tour begins at the Bialystoker Synagogue, the largest active orthodox congregation on the Lower East Side today. A converted church with rumored ties to the Underground Railroad, the interior of this synagogue is covered in colorful murals and Tiffany-inspired glass windows. Next, you’ll learn about our historic sanctuary at the Museum at Eldridge Street. The first purpose-built synagogue for Eastern European Jews in the neighborhood, this building represents immigrant aspirations and exuberance. The state-of-the-art restoration, which spanned 20 years, brought this time capsule back from the brink of collapse.

Tickets at the door are an additional $3. A portion of the proceeds for this tour will benefit each site visited. Tour lasts 2.5 – 3 hours with significant amounts of walking. Wear comfortable shoes. Tour will take place rain or shine.


meet in front of the Bialystoker Synagogue
7-11 Willett Street/Bialystoker Place, (Between Grand and Delancey Streets)
New York, NY 10002 United States