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August 2017

After Hours Tour: Forensic Architecture

August 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Built in 1887 by Jewish immigrants, the Eldridge Street Synagogue is one of the Lower East Side’s most spectacular spaces. Explore this National Historic Landmark after it’s closed to the public. Discover some of the building’s most surprising features. See if you can detect what is original and what is restored. Learn about the building’s newest element, a contemporary stained glass artwork by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans. Enjoy a glass of wine and “star gazing” in the synagogue’s…

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Not Just the Weekly Torah Portion – With Dr. Regina Stein

August 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until August 31, 2017


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

Bring your questions and opinions as we explore a variety of Jewish texts and issues. Typically we will focus on the weekly Torah portion or its accompanying reading from the Prophets. Occasionally we will discuss a Biblical or Rabbinic text that raises questions of contemporary interest. Knowledge of Hebrew and previous Torah study are not required. Drop-ins for individulal classes are welcome.   

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Ethereal Eastern Music with the Epichorus Ensemble

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St.
New York, NY 10002 United States

The Epichorus Ensemble performs music of roots, contemporary songs based in ancient sounds; they are lineage holders of traditions from India, Egypt, Greece and Syria.  Priya Darshini, a native of Bombay serenades in sounds beyond language, moving fluidly between Hebrew, Hindi, and Aramaic, backed by oud, violin, hammered dulcimer, percussion and bass.  Come ready to be transported by ethereal music reminiscent of a loftier home.   

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All-of-a-Kind Family Walking Tour

August 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

What was it like to be a kid growing up on the Lower East Side in the early 20th century? Find out as we follow in the footsteps of Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie, the beloved sisters depicted in Sydney Taylor’s children’s classic All-of-a-Kind Family.  Stroll through the story and onto the streets as we visit the spots where the children played, prayed, and purchased their pickles and candy. This event is recommended for children 5 years and up…

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Love and Courtship – Lower East Side Walking Tour

August 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St.
New York, NY 10002 United States

How did people meet and mingle 100 years ago? Did they confess their love in letters? Go to a matchmaker? Meet at work on a factory floor? Bring someone special and join us for our Love and Courtship Lower East Side walking tour and find out. Maybe sparks will fly for you, too! As a neighborhood full of immigrants wrestling with new American ways, the Lower East Side was host to family-arranged marriages as well as dance halls where young…

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September 2017

Book Launch – Ken Follet’s “A Column of Fire”

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

Bestselling author Ken Follett has captivated millions of readers with the immersive world and rich characters of his Kingsbridge novels. Join him for a discussion on A Column of Fire, the latest entry into this historical fiction series.

$40.00
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For Families! A Rosh Hashanah Restoration

September 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St.
New York, NY 10002 United States

Join us for a fun-filled Rosh Hashanah Family Event. We celebrate the Jewish New Year and new beginnings at Eldridge Street. When the Eldridge Street Synagogue opened its doors on September 4, 1887, the Lower East Side was overflowing with recent immigrants getting ready to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Over time the Jewish population of the neighborhood dwindled and the synagogue fell into disrepair. Fortunately, people rallied to rescue the building. Today, as Eldridge Street celebrates its…

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The Jews of Harlem – Talk with Professor Jeffrey Gurock

September 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

New York Times columnist David W. Dunlap once wrote that “on the map of the Jewish Diaspora, Harlem Is Atlantis. . . . A vibrant hub of industry, artistry and wealth is all but forgotten. It is as if Jewish Harlem sank 70 years ago beneath waves of memory beyond recall.” In this lecture, Professor Jeffrey S. Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, recalls Jewish Harlem, a neighborhood that was once home to the second…

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October 2017

Shuls of Grandeur – Lower East Side Walking Tour

October 9 @ 10:45 am - 1:45 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Join us on Columbus Day for an exploration of two of the last remaining grand synagogues on the Lower East Side – Bialystoker Synagogue and our own Eldridge Street Synagogue. The Bialystoker Synagogue is home to the largest active congregation on the Lower East Side today. It is housed in a former church believed …

$25.00
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Open House New York

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St.
New York, NY 10002 United States

The Museum is participating in Open House New York, America’s largest architecture and design event.  Join us for free synagogue tours that tell the story of our home, the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. This magnificent landmark is the first great house of worship built in America by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. We offer tours at 10, 11, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 pm. At noon join Hanna Griff-Sleven, a folklorist and the Museum’s program director, for a special…

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