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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 US

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 US

“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 US

“Idolatry” sounds like an outdated concept, but perhaps the idols have simply changed.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 US

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 US

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     …

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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 US

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.

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Twilight Open House: Kiki Smith at Eldridge

June 27 @ 6:00 pm - August 22 @ 8:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 US

We’re swinging open the grand doors of the Museum after-hours for three special evenings welcoming art lovers to our latest exhibition. Kiki Smith titled this show Below the Horizon because she felt “that’s when we have access to the stars.” Stars are a consistent theme in her work, nowhere more so than here at Eldridge, where stars fill the stunning stained glass window she designed with architect Deborah Gans. Returning to the Museum for this building-wide show, Smith has selected…

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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 US

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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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 US

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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