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April 2018

The Making of Jewish New York: Eastern European Culture

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

“Jewish New York” is a singular term, but it encompasses hundreds of years and millions of people. The culture of Jewish New York is layered, varied, and an amalgam of international and national influences – each wave of Jewish immigration has brought new customs to the country, mixing with or replacing what came before. In turn, those changes created new practices and perceptions of what it means to be Jewish in America and in New York. On this series of…

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Immigrants as Artistic Pioneers

April 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Monday, repeating until April 23, 2018


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

Immigrants, especially the progeny of the massive wave in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, have played a outsize role in the development of American performing arts. Some immigrants were running from persecution, others seeking new opportunities, but the arrival to the Lower East Side of some 2.5 million fostered a climate that emphasized talent and chutzpah over pedigree. The legacy of these innovators are still rightfully celebrated today. This two-session course will highlight individuals who were inspired by creative expression…

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May 2018

The Making of Jewish New York: Post War

May 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

“Jewish New York” is a singular term, but it encompasses hundreds of years and millions of people. The culture of Jewish New York is layered, varied, and an amalgam of international and national influences – each wave of Jewish immigration has brought new customs to the country, mixing with or replacing what came before. In turn, those changes created new practices and perceptions of what it means to be Jewish in America and in New York. On this series of…

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July 2018

Crime and the Kehillah: Accusation and Response

July 9 @ 11:00 am - July 23 @ 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

In 1906, New York City Police Commissioner Theodore Bingham asserted that half the city’s criminals were Jews. Although a widespread backlash forced Bingham to issue a retraction, Bingham’s message was loud and clear. New York’s Jewish population was considered a menace to more “polite” (aka “native”) society. In response, city residents formed the New York Kehilla, or “Community.” It was an attempt to organize communal activities under a single umbrella and present a united, productive group of Jewish New Yorkers…

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Dig Your Roots

July 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street
New York, 10011 US

Join us  – off location – at the Center for Jewish History’s Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute. The CJH team is opening the doors to its research library after hours just for us! It’s a rare opportunity to have some of the world’s most experienced family history researchers and genealogists introduce you to the best ways to trace your roots. Add the Center for Jewish History’s world-renowned partner collections, containing a wealth of historical records and newspapers from Jewish…

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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 United States

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 12 @ 11:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

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 United States

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 United States

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 19 @ 11:00 am - December 10 @ 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Please note, the dates for this class have changed. Sessions will take place on the following days: Mondays –  November 19, November 26, December 3, December 10 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…

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