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April 2018

Giants of the Lower East Side: Passover Walking Tour

April 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

On this Lower East Side trek, explore a cast of turn-of-last century figures, and the buildings where they lived, worked and prayed. Your tour starts in the historic sanctuary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue where you will learn about the characters associated with this fabulously restored house of worship.  Enjoy a small kosher nosh before hitting the streets to see the building that housed a newspaper edited by a famous Yiddish Socialist, the settlement house founded by a tenacious 26-year-old…

$30
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Go Out and Play! Old-time Games at Eldridge

April 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Sure, computer games are fun, but so are the old neighborhood favorites. Stickball, stoopball, handball, hit the penny, jump rope, jacks – you name it, neighborhood kids played it. And this Sunday we’ll bring all the old favorites back to the block! You bring the family andwe bring the balls, pennies, and jacks. Then we’ll all go outside and play, just like the old days! After the games, how about another old time favorite? A stop at the local candy…

Free - $14.00
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The Making of Jewish New York: Eastern European Culture

April 10 @ 10:00 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…

$40
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The Art of Kiki Smith: Exhibition Opening

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

World-renowned artist Kiki Smith brings her distinctive vision to Eldridge Street in this site-specific exhibition. Born in Germany and raised on the Lower East Side, Smith has spent decades exploring themes of mortality, spirituality, society, the body, and the mind. Her art became a vital element of the Eldridge Street Synagogue when the stained-glass window she designed in collaboration with architect Deborah Gans was installed in our historic sanctuary in 2010. Now, see Kiki Smith’s work in varying mediums throughout…

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Immigrants as Artistic Pioneers

April 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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…

$20.00 - $35.00
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The Commandments: Honor and Love in a New Paradigm

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

In recent years family structures have taken on entirely new forms. How do we reinterpret the age-old commandment to Honor Thy Father and Mother in a time of blended families, same-sex parents, and new definitions? Author Marjorie Ingall and Tenement Museum Director Kevin Jennings consider what it means to honor Patriarchs and Matriarchs today. This program is part of a series exploring the Ten Commandments at Eldridge Street. Marjorie Ingall is a columnist for Tablet Magazine and the author of Mamaleh Knows Best:…

$12.00 - $18.00
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May 2018

Eyal Vilner Big Band

May 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

The incomparable Eyal Vilner Big Band will rock the shul in this exciting musical journey from the streets of New Orleans and the early days of jazz to NYC’s Lower East Side! The innovative band unites traditional Jewish melodies with Middle Eastern sounds, jazz and blues – revisiting and celebrating the historical intersection of the swing era with early twentieth-century Jewish life in New York. This concert is generously sponsored by Helene and Steve Walsey.   

$15.00 - $25.00
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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…

$40
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Midwood’s Out of the Narrows! CD Release Party

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Each member of the eclectic supergroup Midwood contributes a mastery of myriad styles, resulting in the band’s unique sound. Midwood traverses rock, avant-garde, free improvisation, classical and Romanian folk music – all finding a place in the expressive language of klezmer.  This lively concert celebrates the release of their debut album on Chant Records, Out of the Narrows! Featuring Jake Shulman-Ment, violin; Yoshie Fruchter, electric guitar; Richie Barshay, drums and percussion; and special guest Eleonore Weill, vocals, flutes, hurdy-gurdy.   

$25
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The Commandments: The Idolatry of a Modern Age

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

“Idolaltry” sounds like an outdated concept, but perhaps the idols have simply changed. Have we found new false gods in consumer culture? Has our unprecedented access to new technology hindered our interpersonal sensitivity and provided us with new avenues of excess and impropriety? Tiffany Shlain and Nigel Savage talk idolatry in the age of the iPhone. This program is part of a spring program series exploring the Ten Commandments at Eldridge Street. Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and author. She is…

$12.00 - $18.00
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