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December 2017

The 13-Petaled Rose – Klezmer and Persian Music

December 3, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Frank London and Lorin Sklamberg of the Klezmatics join the Montreal based ensemble Constantinople, led by Kiya Tabassian, in a beautiful evening of klezmer music and sacred Yiddish and Judeo-Persian songs.

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Menorah Mania – Family Chanukah Celebration

December 10, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Chanukah is known as the Festival of Lights and this year the Eldridge Street Synagogue will be shining brighter than ever with a special exhibit featuring dozens of menorahs! Enjoy a scavenger hunt highlighting menorahs of all shapes and sizes and learn the illuminating history behind the synagogue’s original candelabra and lighting. Enjoy a Chanukah sing-along, snack on edible dreidels and take home your own menorah creation.

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The Golden Age of Radio

December 11, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Monday, repeating until December 18, 2017


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

During its Golden Age (1920s-50s), radio was the primary form of home entertainment. In our first session, we will talk about the development of radio as a form of mass communication for entertainment, news, farm reports, classical and country music, and the vaudeville stars who were featured entertainers. Session two will further explore the influence of this form of mass communication, the technical aspects of program delivery with a focus on the nationwide panic caused by a realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth called “War of the…

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Christmas Day at the Shul

December 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St.
New York, NY 10002 United States

On a day when most places are closed, the Museum will swing open our doors for a special day of tours and activities! From noon to 2:00 p.m., kids and adults alike will be busy enjoying tours of the Museum’s landmark building, self-guided scavenger hunts, and special family art projects. The Museum’s new exhibition, Let There Be Light! featuring over 100 fun and unique menorahs, will delight visitors in the main historic sanctuary. At 3:00 p.m., enjoy a live concert…

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January 2018

Crazy for Knishes! with “The Knish War on Rivington Street” author Joanne Oppenheim

January 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St.
New York, NY 10002 United States

When two immigrant families opened knish shops right across the street from each other in New York’s Lower East Side back in 1916, it sparked a crazy culinary competition – and provided the real-life inspiration for Joanne Oppenheim’s charming and hilarious new children’s book, The Knish War on Rivington Street. Don’t miss this special program with the book’s author! Oppenheim will read the story and sign your book (copies will be available for sale), as well as share details about the special role kids…

Free
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February 2018

The Making of Jewish New York: Spanish Portuguese Culture

February 6 @ 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 Great Kitchen Tool Mystery

February 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Sometimes a seemingly simple household object holds the key to a secret history! Historian and author Richard Rabinowitz shares the remarkable story of his mother’s bottle opener and how it led him on a twisting, turning journey from New York to Poland to Canada to Vermont – touching on immigration history, the labor movement and, oddly enough, the invention of Crisco! Rabinowitz’s story will provide a thrilling guide for anyone interested in learning how to use simple objects to construct…

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POSTPONED — Yo! It’s Yiddish – For Families

February 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Please note that this event has been postponed. A new date will be announced shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience. Grab your mishpacha and join us for this low-pressure, high-energy introduction to the language of your bubbe and zaide! Using songs and stories, kids will learn a smidge of Yiddish, the Hebrew-German language spoken by the 19th-century Lower East Siders who founded Eldridge Street. Renowned teacher Paula Teitelbaum, who’s been speaking Yiddish since her childhood in Poland, has taught the…

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March 2018

Not Just the Weekly Torah Portion

March 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 24, 2018


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

Bring your questions and opinions as we explore a variety of Jewish texts and issues. Discussions will often relate to the weekly Torah portion or its accompanying reading from the Prophets. Other Biblical or Rabbinic texts that raise questions of contemporary interest will also be explored. All interest and knowledge levels are welcome; Previous Hebrew or Torah study is not required. Dr. Regina Stein is the Morris Kaplan Scholar-in-Residence at the Museum at Eldridge Street. She has taught for Temple…

$20
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SOLD OUT – Dig Your Roots

March 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street
New York, 10011 United States

Join us as we go off location to 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 rare 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…

Free - $14
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