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March 2018

Jews and Muslims: The Early Years II

March 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, repeating until May 22, 2018


Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 US

The second semester of this popular class will continue to explore the political, social, religious and cultural interactions of Jews and Muslims through the 13th century. Among the topics discussed are the Arab conquests and growth of the calipahate; the legal status of Jews under Muslim rule; the religious development of Islam and the split between Shi’a and Sunni Muslims; Muslim law in the Quran and its later development; polemics between Muslims and Jews; and the role of jihad in…

$20
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The Commandments: America’s Ultimate Top Ten List

March 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 US

Historian Jenna Weissman Joselit explores America’s unique attraction to this ancient biblical text. Her 2017 book Set in Stone: America’s Embrace of the Ten Commandments illustrates how the decrees have popped up in nearly all aspects of American culture. Over time, the commandments have come to represent comic book fodder, inspiration for law, the topic of films, and the ultimate moral compass. This program introduces a spring program series exploring the Ten Commandments at Eldridge Street. Presented in partnership with Limmud NY.

$18
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Matzapalooza! Reimagining Passover

March 18 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 US

We’re teaming up with The Workmen’s Circle to present a fresh new take on the traditional Seder. Passover is a time for joy, stories, family and friends. We’ll show you how to make your family’s Seder meaningful and fun at this interactive day of food, music, arts and crafts, Yiddish, and hands-on activities for all ages. Highlight include holiday-themed arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, student choir, and enough egg creams, charoset and matzah for the whole family. March 18,…

$14
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Morning Star: An Opera by Ricky Ian Gordan

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:00pm, repeating until March 22, 2018

One event on March 25, 2018 at 12:00pm

One event on March 25, 2018 at 5:00pm


Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 US

Ricky Ian Gordan’s compelling opera Morning Star makes its New York premier at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Morning Star tells the story of an immigrant Jewish family struggling to find a better life on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the early 20th century. Deeply impacted by real-life events including the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, World War I and the Great Depression, the family must learn to adapt to their new country’s ever-changing landscape. Produced by On Site…

$60
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April 2018

Giants of the Lower East Side: Passover Walking Tour

April 4 @ 10:45 am - 1:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 US

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 US

Stickball, stoopball, handball, hit the penny, jump rope, jacks – these games and their devotees once ruled the New York City streets. What kinds of games did kids play 100 years ago on the Lower East Side? We’re bringing back all the favorites for this fun outdoor program. You bring the family and we’ll bring the balls, pennies, jacks, and more. Then we’ll all go outside and play, just like the old days! After the games, we’ll engage in another…

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The Making of Jewish New York: Eastern European Culture

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 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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Below the Horizon Opening Reception

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 US

World-renowned artist Kiki Smith brings her distinctive vision to the Museum at Eldridge Street in this site-specific exhibition. Smith has spent decades exploring themes of mortality, spirituality, society, the body, nature and the mind. Her art became a vital element of the Museum’s historic sanctuary when the stained-glass window she designed in collaboration with architect Deborah Gans was installed in 2010. Returning now to Eldridge Street, Kiki Smith fills the building with her work in varying mediums, reacting to and…

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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 US

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…

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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 US

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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