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October 2019

Medieval Jewish Thinkers in their Historical Contexts

October 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until December 17, 2019


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

Jews, Muslims, and Christians asked many of the same questions in the Middle Ages: What is God? What are religious truths and what are our best sources for knowing them? What does God want from us? What is evil and where does it come from? How should we live a good life? This course will explore three of the major medieval Jewish thinkers—Saadia Gaon, Judah Halevi, and Maimonides—as we compare their answers to some of these questions in the context…

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Designing Tenements and Temples: The Herter Brothers

October 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Tenements are commonplace in many New York neighborhoods, but they’re poorly understood. But through new research and fieldwork, Zachary Violette’s has uncovered surprising facts and narratives about the city’s tenement builders. In his recent book The Decorated Tenement: How Immigrant Builders and Architects Transformed the Slum in the Gilded Age, Violette uses decorative ornamentation as a way to reconsider the role of tenement architects (many of whom had deep roots in immigrant communities) in improving housing for the poor. In this talk,…

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November 2019

All-of-a-Kind Family Walking Tour

November 5, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

School’s out for Election Day, and we’ve got your day-off plan: a Lower East Side walking tour for families inspired by the children’s classic All-of- a-Kind Family. Join us as we follow in the footsteps of Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie, the beloved sisters depicted in Sydney Taylor’s book. We’ll stroll through the streets and into the story to visit the spots where the children played, prayed and purchased pickles. Recommended for children five and up and their adult…

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Metropolitan Klezmer concert

November 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Now celebrating their 25th year together, Metropolitan Klezmer brings eclectic exuberance to Yiddish musical genres from all over the map. Performing vibrant versions of gems from wedding dance, trance, folk, swing and tango styles, as well as soundtrack material from vintage Yiddish films, this octet re-invents tradition with irreverence, respect, and joy. This special performance will also feature a rarely heard repertoire including balladry of the Triangle Fire, a Yiddish-rooted Soviet animation score, and a gorgeous range of imaginative original…

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Girl Power: How Clara Lemlich Changed the World

November 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Learn what life was like for young garment workers on the Lower East Side in 1909 through the eyes of Clara Lemlich, who worked 11-hour days making dresses. A costumed actor portraying Clara will provide a first-person perspective about working in sweatshops and why, in November 1909, she gave a fiery speech at a union meeting, sparking a strike of young garment workers that newspapers called the “Revolt of the Girls.” Clara couldn’t have known that she would inspire more…

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December 2019

Family Folk: Papercutting

December 8, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Family Program Join us for our very first installment of our new Family Folk series that explores some of the rich folk traditions of the Jewish immigrants who created new lives on the Lower East Side in the early 1900s. On tap for our inaugural program? An introduction to the intricately beautiful folk art of Jewish papercutting. At this interactive family program, papercutting artist Rachel Asarnow will lead a workshop on this centuries-old craft that draws on her intricate pieces…

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Klez for Kids

December 25, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Gather at Eldridge Street for this joyous holiday celebration! Clarinetist Greg Wall’s band Klezmerfest! gets the whole family singing, dancing and dabbling in Yiddish at this annual favorite concert. The band will play their award-winning Klez For Kidz program for two shows – 12:00 PM and 2:30 PM – melding old-country sounds with contemporary Lower East Side energy. Following each show, we’ll celebrate the fourth night of Hanukkah with special holiday songs and a menorah lighting, featuring historic menorahs our…

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January 2020

Women in Power and Powerful Women in the Bible

January 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

The Bible is full of stories involving women – in battle, in peril, in moral quandaries. Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky has dedicated her scholarship to powerful woman of the Bible, their legacies in our culture and their impact on our lives today. Deeply committed to fostering learning, Dr. Kalmanofsky helps people understand and appreciate the Bible’s complex beauty and meaning so that you, too, can become a careful and creative interpreter of its text. Dr. Kalmanofsky, who has written numerous books…

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Dig Your Roots

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States

Genealogy Workshop Join us – off site – 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 special 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…

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Evening Open House: the Forward Archives

January 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

With a drink in hand, unwind after work in our beautiful landmark building. This rare evening open house gives you a special chance to enjoy the Museum’s latest exhibition Pressed: Images from the Jewish Daily Forward. The exhibition features artifacts from a century of Yiddish newspaper history as well as newly created prints made using vintage equipment. The Forward’s archivist Chana Pollack, instrumental in the Pressed exhibition, will give a short talk detailing her work preserving and exploring the Forward’s…

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