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April 2018

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…

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

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

This event is postponed. We will update the event listing when a new rescheduled date has been decided. We apologize for the inconvenience. 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 Rabbi Danny Nevins consider what it means to honor Patriarchs and Matriarchs today. This program is part of a…

$18
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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.

15-25
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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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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

“Idolatry” 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, joined by Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, talk idolatry in the age of the iPhone. Presented in partnership with Limmud NY. Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and author. She is the founder of The…

$18
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Midwood’s Out of the Narrows! CD Release Party

May 31 @ 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.

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June 2018

Hidden Histories: Sephardic Foods

June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Henry Street Settlement, 267 Henry Street
New York, NY 11201 United States

Henry Street Settlement 267 Henry Street Join us offsite for some delicious history! Lower East Side Jewish stories often focus on Eastern European immigrants, but they weren’t the only Jews in town. Sephardic Jews from Spain and Portugal also set down roots in the neighborhood. How are these groups similar, and in what ways have they interpreted Jewish heritage and traditions differently? Culinary historian Sarah Lohman and educator Jessica Underwood Varma explore that question through everyone’s favorite cultural marker –…

Free
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Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival

June 17 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Celebrate the diverse ethnic communities of the Museum at Eldridge Street’s Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhood! With the Museum’s home, the landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue, as its centerpiece, this neighborhood festival spills out onto the street with a mash-up of Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican tastes, traditions, sights, and sounds. SCHEDULE ON THE STREET 12:00                Welcome music and march, Zisl Slepovitch and Litvakus/Steve Weintraub, Klezmer Dance Instructor 12:05                Welcome remarks, Hanna Griff-Sleven and ZaoZao Wang, Festival coordinators 12:10     …

Free
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ArtSee: Kiki Smith

June 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Calling all artsy kids! Join a super-fun exploration of Below the Horizon, the museum’s exhibition of work by contemporary artist Kiki Smith. Take a closer look at the artist’s depictions of nature. From soaring golden birds to majestically rendered stars to cute cats, you’ll focus on pieces that reflect how Smith is inspired by nature – and transforms it in her art. Then, prepare to get messy making your own works building on those same ideas. Space is limited; reservations required.

Free
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July 2018

All-of-a-Kind Family walking tour

July 8 @ 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 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. We’ll stroll through the story and into the streets to visit the spots where the children played, prayed, and purchased their pickles and candy. This tour is presented in partnership with PJ Library.

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