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Shuls of Grandeur on the Lower East Side

October 8, 2018 @ 10:45 am - 1:45 pm


On this special Columbus Day walking tour, you will visit TWO grand synagogues on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Both buildings are stunning survivors from an era when many grand shuls lined the neighborhood’s streets. Your first stop, Bialystoker Synagogue, is home to the Lower East Side’s largest active orthodox congregation. A former church, it is believed to be a site on the Underground Railroad. Covered in murals and showcasing Tiffany-inspired glass windows, the shul’s interior is magnificent. Your day will end at the meticulously restored Museum at Eldridge Street, built in 1887. Unlike the Bialystoker Synagogue, the Eldridge Street Shul was the first building in America where Eastern European immigrants could purpose-build their sacred space. This tour is presented in partnership with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy.

 Tickets are an additional $2 when purchased the day of the tour. A portion of tour proceeds support both historic sites. Tour lasts approximately 3 hours and includes a significant amount of walking – wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Tour is rain or shine.