Learning From Home

The Museum may be closed, but we still have lots to share. From easily adaptable lesson plans to writing prompts and art activities, LEARNING FROM HOME is your go-to when you need a dose of history and culture (and fun) to add richness to your family’s experience at home. It’s always a great time to learn together, no matter where we are!








Where do immigrants go for help? Where do people find community? This special tour, for learners aged 4th to 8th grade, joins educators at the Eldridge Street Synagogue and the Henry Street Settlement – two places where immigrants 100 years ago found support to live happy and healthy lives. Watch the video >

Dear Editor: Letters from a Bintel Brief







This comprehensive lesson guide uses the real letters that new immigrants wrote to the Jewish Daily Forward to explore themes of adaptation, education and family. Build-your-own learning with this packet, which includes writing prompts, suggestions for art activities, and more.

My New York: Changing Everyday







What makes a city a city? Is it the buildings? The people? The hustle and bustle? And what makes cities change? This learning guide builds off The Little House storytime and encourages kids to consider their home city or town, using photo research & activities to discover how things changes over time as well as what stays the same.









Use this video lesson & arts projects to talk about colors, shapes and patterns. We’ll talk about identifying them in the real world and where you can find shapes and patterns in the stained glass and paint of our beautiful historic sanctuary!









When the Eldridge Street Synagogue opened its doors in 1887 its vibrant stained glass brought light into a dark world (literally!). But stained glass does so much more than light up a room. Learn about the fun history of stained glass with museum educator Scott Brevda as he shares highlights from our sanctuary’s 67 stained glass windows and gets you inspired to do some stained glass art projects at home.







Use these printable coloring pages to discover the beauty on view at the Museum – and to glimpse the Lower East Side as it was more than 100 years ago. Add your own colors and stories to turn these special places into your places.








Historians rely on primary sources, including photographs, to learn about the past. Each week, we’ll share a historic photo that you can examine. What will you discover about the past just by looking at it? Click here to find out.








These weekly emails offer a history-based learning prompt paired with an activity to help further explore the topic. New installments are on hiatus for the summer, so peruse the archive for now and sign up to receive the series in your inbox when it resumes!