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February 2019

Early Mornings at Eldridge

February 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Experience the sanctuary in a new whole light! On Monday, January 21st and Sunday, February 3rd, the Museum at Eldridge Street will open its doors an hour early, at 9:00 am, to invite you to ease into the day in a special way. As the sun rises in the east, it shines directly into our Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans stained glass window, bathing the sanctuary in a gentle, glowing light. With no scheduled tours or programs, this will be…

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Ambition, Activism and Adaptation: Jewish Women of the Lower East Side

February 6, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Young women at the turn of the 20th century were pulled between old and new worlds, gender expectations and needs of survival. How were young, single women able to navigate their new world as immigrants? The four-session course will examine the lives of the many Jewish women who arrived on the Lower East Side between 1870-1914. Through memoirs, letters and other historical material, the course will explore the nature of life for Jewish women in Eastern Europe, the changes they…

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History Hunters: A Kid’s Life at Synagogue

February 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The past comes alive in this brand-new family program that takes children back in time to discover what childhood was like a century ago. In this session, we’ll focus on what it was like to be a kid at the Eldridge Street Synagogue in the early 1900s. Seats with a view? Check. Bar Mitzvah cheat sheet? Check. Penny chocolate bars? Check (and yum)! This is the second session in our History Hunters series. Stay tuned for upcoming sessions on A…

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Ambition, Activism and Adaptation: Jewish Women of the Lower East Side

February 13, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Young women at the turn of the 20th century were pulled between old and new worlds, gender expectations and needs of survival. How were young, single women able to navigate their new world as immigrants? The four-session course will examine the lives of the many Jewish women who arrived on the Lower East Side between 1870-1914. Through memoirs, letters and other historical material, the course will explore the nature of life for Jewish women in Eastern Europe, the changes they…

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Decorate for the Lunar New Year with Think!Chinatown artists

February 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Enjoy free Museum admission from noon to 5pm and make your own New Year decorations! The Chinatown Lunar New Year parade is just two days before the Lantern Festival, which marks the first full moon of the (Lunar) New Year and finale of the Lunar New Year festivities. Traditionally on this day, children make their own lanterns and parade them along the streets. Join Museum at Eldridge Street and Think!Chinatown to celebrate! Museum admission will be free beginning at 12pm…

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Ambition, Activism and Adaptation: Jewish Women of the Lower East Side

February 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Young women at the turn of the 20th century were pulled between old and new worlds, gender expectations and needs of survival. How were young, single women able to navigate their new world as immigrants? The four-session course will examine the lives of the many Jewish women who arrived on the Lower East Side between 1870-1914. Through memoirs, letters and other historical material, the course will explore the nature of life for Jewish women in Eastern Europe, the changes they…

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Ambition, Activism and Adaptation: Jewish Women of the Lower East Side

February 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Young women at the turn of the 20th century were pulled between old and new worlds, gender expectations and needs of survival. How were young, single women able to navigate their new world as immigrants? The four-session course will examine the lives of the many Jewish women who arrived on the Lower East Side between 1870-1914. Through memoirs, letters and other historical material, the course will explore the nature of life for Jewish women in Eastern Europe, the changes they…

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March 2019

Jews and Muslims: Beyond the Early Years II

March 5, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

From the 8th to the 12th centuries, the vast majority of world Jewry lived under Muslim rule. The relationship changed Judaism forever – giving rise to new forms of Jewish practice, new genres of Jewish literature, and revolutionary ways of considering age-old philosophical and theological questions. In these ten sessions, explore the religious and cultural connections between Jews and Muslims of that period. This course is a continuation of our exploration of Jews and Muslims in history, but new participants…

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Joseph: From Spoiled Brat to Savior II

March 7, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The story of Joseph is the longest and most sophisticated in the Book of Genesis. It’s also been interpreted in myriad ways. But by reading it closely and examining Joseph’s interactions with others, we can come to understand him more fully. We will also explore the range of interpretations of the Joseph story – by the rabbis and the Apocrypha, as well as by Christians and Muslims. This course is a continuation of our exploration of the Joseph story, but…

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Lower East Side Walk & Find

March 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

On this neighborhood walking tour and scavenger hunt for families, step back in time and visit the Lower East Side spots that kids in the early 1900s knew and loved. From the country’s very first municipal playground to the beloved pickle shop, each place on this tour will bring a distant world into focus. Recommended for children five and up and their adult companions. Space is limited and reservations are required.

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New Volunteer Information Meeting

March 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Volunteers at the Museum at Eldridge Street are part of something bigger than just one building. Some of our volunteer opportunities are in the docent cohort! Docents are our ambassadors, our guides, and our family. By joining our docent cohort, you will learn about the history and culture at the Museum at Eldridge Street, engage with a dynamic population of visitors and guests, and meet individuals who share your love of volunteering and history. We warmly invite you to join the…

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Jews and Muslims: Beyond the Early Years II

March 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

From the 8th to the 12th centuries, the vast majority of world Jewry lived under Muslim rule. The relationship changed Judaism forever – giving rise to new forms of Jewish practice, new genres of Jewish literature, and revolutionary ways of considering age-old philosophical and theological questions. In these ten sessions, explore the religious and cultural connections between Jews and Muslims of that period. This course is a continuation of our exploration of Jews and Muslims in history, but new participants…

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Paper Cutting Workshop

March 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - April 2, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

We’re turning the Museum into an art studio for this special four-evening workshop! Deborah Ugoretz, whose work is currently on exhibition at the Museum, will lead this four-session exploration of the art form she has mastered:  papercutting.  Participants will learn the origins and history of this centuries-old art form, and will learn the techniques needed to produce a work of their own. The act of creating is energizing and confidence building. Papercut art is a time-honored form that allows rituals to…

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Joseph: From Spoiled Brat to Savior II

March 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The story of Joseph is the longest and most sophisticated in the Book of Genesis. It’s also been interpreted in myriad ways. But by reading it closely and examining Joseph’s interactions with others, we can come to understand him more fully. We will also explore the range of interpretations of the Joseph story – by the rabbis and the Apocrypha, as well as by Christians and Muslims. This course is a continuation of our exploration of the Joseph story, but…

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Egg Cream Day Lab & Contest

March 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

March 15th is National Egg Cream Day and we’re getting a head start with this workshop and contest celebrating the quintessential Lower East Side drink! Experts will explain the history of the classic drink and show participants how to make their own. Then it’s competition time! Everyone will be invited to concoct their own drinks using both traditional and more daring ingredients – everything from chocolate and vanilla to lavender and lychee. The brave can submit their innovative egg creams…

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Jews and Muslims: Beyond the Early Years II

March 19, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

From the 8th to the 12th centuries, the vast majority of world Jewry lived under Muslim rule. The relationship changed Judaism forever – giving rise to new forms of Jewish practice, new genres of Jewish literature, and revolutionary ways of considering age-old philosophical and theological questions. In these ten sessions, explore the religious and cultural connections between Jews and Muslims of that period. This course is a continuation of our exploration of Jews and Muslims in history, but new participants…

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Joseph: From Spoiled Brat to Savior II

March 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The story of Joseph is the longest and most sophisticated in the Book of Genesis. It’s also been interpreted in myriad ways. But by reading it closely and examining Joseph’s interactions with others, we can come to understand him more fully. We will also explore the range of interpretations of the Joseph story – by the rabbis and the Apocrypha, as well as by Christians and Muslims. This course is a continuation of our exploration of the Joseph story, but…

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Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi: “And the Angels Sing”

March 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The diversity and density of New York City has inspired countless cultural fusions, as communities living side-by-side borrow from, innovate, and are inspired by each other’s cultures. From the 1920s to the 1950s, Jewish composers and musicians were inspired by their fellow New Yorkers’ jazz, swing and blues traditions. In turn, African American musicians were getting inspired by Yiddish culture. The music created from this collaboration is energetic, soulful, complex and entirely unique. Yale Strom & his band Hot Pstromi celebrate…

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Jews and Muslims: Beyond the Early Years II

March 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

From the 8th to the 12th centuries, the vast majority of world Jewry lived under Muslim rule. The relationship changed Judaism forever – giving rise to new forms of Jewish practice, new genres of Jewish literature, and revolutionary ways of considering age-old philosophical and theological questions. In these ten sessions, explore the religious and cultural connections between Jews and Muslims of that period. This course is a continuation of our exploration of Jews and Muslims in history, but new participants…

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Joseph: From Spoiled Brat to Savior II

March 28, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The story of Joseph is the longest and most sophisticated in the Book of Genesis. It’s also been interpreted in myriad ways. But by reading it closely and examining Joseph’s interactions with others, we can come to understand him more fully. We will also explore the range of interpretations of the Joseph story – by the rabbis and the Apocrypha, as well as by Christians and Muslims. This course is a continuation of our exploration of the Joseph story, but…

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April 2019

Jews and Muslims: Beyond the Early Years II

April 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

From the 8th to the 12th centuries, the vast majority of world Jewry lived under Muslim rule. The relationship changed Judaism forever – giving rise to new forms of Jewish practice, new genres of Jewish literature, and revolutionary ways of considering age-old philosophical and theological questions. In these ten sessions, explore the religious and cultural connections between Jews and Muslims of that period. This course is a continuation of our exploration of Jews and Muslims in history, but new participants…

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Joseph: From Spoiled Brat to Savior II

April 4, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The story of Joseph is the longest and most sophisticated in the Book of Genesis. It’s also been interpreted in myriad ways. But by reading it closely and examining Joseph’s interactions with others, we can come to understand him more fully. We will also explore the range of interpretations of the Joseph story – by the rabbis and the Apocrypha, as well as by Christians and Muslims. This course is a continuation of our exploration of the Joseph story, but…

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History Hunters: A Kid’s Life at Work

April 7, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The past comes alive in this brand-new family program that takes children back in time to discover what childhood was like 100 years ago on the Lower East Side. Today’s children may feel overwhelmed by schoolwork and chores, but kids in the early 1900s had real jobs to juggle! In this session, we will explore the world of working kids, from newsies to garment workers. Recommended for children ages five to 11 and their adult companions. Tickets required. Presented in partnership…

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Jews and Muslims: Beyond the Early Years II

April 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

From the 8th to the 12th centuries, the vast majority of world Jewry lived under Muslim rule. The relationship changed Judaism forever – giving rise to new forms of Jewish practice, new genres of Jewish literature, and revolutionary ways of considering age-old philosophical and theological questions. In these ten sessions, explore the religious and cultural connections between Jews and Muslims of that period. This course is a continuation of our exploration of Jews and Muslims in history, but new participants…

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Joseph: From Spoiled Brat to Savior II

April 11, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The story of Joseph is the longest and most sophisticated in the Book of Genesis. It’s also been interpreted in myriad ways. But by reading it closely and examining Joseph’s interactions with others, we can come to understand him more fully. We will also explore the range of interpretations of the Joseph story – by the rabbis and the Apocrypha, as well as by Christians and Muslims. This course is a continuation of our exploration of the Joseph story, but…

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New Volunteer Information Meeting

April 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Volunteers at the Museum at Eldridge Street are part of something bigger than just one building. Some of our volunteer opportunities are in the docent cohort! Docents are our ambassadors, our guides, and our family. By joining our docent cohort, you will learn about the history and culture at the Museum at Eldridge Street, engage with a dynamic population of visitors and guests, and meet individuals who share your love of volunteering and history. We warmly invite you to join the…

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Eyal Vilner Big Band

April 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The Eyal Vilner Big Band is true to its name—it is BIG. Seventeen musicians big! Led by Tel Aviv-born and New York-educated musician/composer/conductor Eyal Vilner, this concert features Vilner’s inventive arrangements of jazz classics as well as his original compositions. Melding traditional Jewish melodies and Middle Eastern sounds with jazz and blues, the band celebrates America’s rich cultural tapestry and the intersection of the swing era with early 20th-century Jewish life in New York. This concert is funded by Helene…

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All-of-a-Kind Family Walking Tour

April 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

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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The Second Migration: From Lower East Side to Greater New York

April 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

At the turn of the 20th century, more than half a million Jewish immigrants, from countries in Eastern Europe, lived on the Lower East Side. But just 20 years later, less than half that number still called the neighborhood home. What came after the Lower East Side for America’s Jewish immigrants? This five-part class begins with a focus on the iconic Jewish Lower East Side before following the migration of New York’s Jews – uptown and across the rivers. Most…

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Jews and Muslims: Beyond the Early Years II

April 30, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

From the 8th to the 12th centuries, the vast majority of world Jewry lived under Muslim rule. The relationship changed Judaism forever – giving rise to new forms of Jewish practice, new genres of Jewish literature, and revolutionary ways of considering age-old philosophical and theological questions. In these ten sessions, explore the religious and cultural connections between Jews and Muslims of that period. This course is a continuation of our exploration of Jews and Muslims in history, but new participants…

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Exhibition Opening for Harbin, China|PAST/PRESENT

April 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Like the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a grand synagogue stands in Harbin, China that serves as a museum and a relic of a time when it was the center of a flourishing Jewish community. And much like the Lower East Side, many of Harbin’s Jews eventually left the home they had created there. In this exhibition, Harbin’s Jewish past is presented in historic photographs and personal stories. In the 1890s, the Trans-Siberian Railway turned the small fishing village in northeastern China…

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May 2019

Joseph: From Spoiled Brat to Savior II

May 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The story of Joseph is the longest and most sophisticated in the Book of Genesis. It’s also been interpreted in myriad ways. But by reading it closely and examining Joseph’s interactions with others, we can come to understand him more fully. We will also explore the range of interpretations of the Joseph story – by the rabbis and the Apocrypha, as well as by Christians and Muslims. This course is a continuation of our exploration of the Joseph story, but…

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The Second Migration: From Lower East Side to Greater New York

May 6, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

At the turn of the 20th century, more than half a million Jewish immigrants, from countries in Eastern Europe, lived on the Lower East Side. But just 20 years later, less than half that number still called the neighborhood home. What came after the Lower East Side for America’s Jewish immigrants? This five-part class begins with a focus on the iconic Jewish Lower East Side before following the migration of New York’s Jews – uptown and across the rivers. Most…

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Jews and Muslims: Beyond the Early Years II

May 7, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

From the 8th to the 12th centuries, the vast majority of world Jewry lived under Muslim rule. The relationship changed Judaism forever – giving rise to new forms of Jewish practice, new genres of Jewish literature, and revolutionary ways of considering age-old philosophical and theological questions. In these ten sessions, explore the religious and cultural connections between Jews and Muslims of that period. This course is a continuation of our exploration of Jews and Muslims in history, but new participants…

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Tough Guys

May 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Take a walk on the wild side with this two-part course! Classic Hollywood films were full of fictional “tough guys” – brooding, tough-as-nails, and just a little bit dangerous. But art imitated life, and those movies sparked public interest in stories of organized crime, mobsters and other dabblers of dark deeds. Expert teacher Maxine Simson will lead these fun and informative sessions on some of our most famous tough guys and the characters that they inspired

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Joseph: From Spoiled Brat to Savior II

May 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The story of Joseph is the longest and most sophisticated in the Book of Genesis. It’s also been interpreted in myriad ways. But by reading it closely and examining Joseph’s interactions with others, we can come to understand him more fully. We will also explore the range of interpretations of the Joseph story – by the rabbis and the Apocrypha, as well as by Christians and Muslims. This course is a continuation of our exploration of the Joseph story, but…

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Yiddishe Mamas

May 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Celebrate the women who made the world go ‘round on this special brunch and tour! The morning starts with a nosh and mimosa spread in the women’s balcony of our historic sanctuary – the perfect vantage point to marvel at the 2010 stained glass window designed by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans. Then, we’ll hit the streets of the Lower East Side to follow in the footsteps of pious women and prostitutes, activists and artists, freethinking feminists and…

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Jews and Muslims: Beyond the Early Years II

May 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

From the 8th to the 12th centuries, the vast majority of world Jewry lived under Muslim rule. The relationship changed Judaism forever – giving rise to new forms of Jewish practice, new genres of Jewish literature, and revolutionary ways of considering age-old philosophical and theological questions. In these ten sessions, explore the religious and cultural connections between Jews and Muslims of that period. This course is a continuation of our exploration of Jews and Muslims in history, but new participants…

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Tough Guys

May 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Take a walk on the wild side with this two-part course! Classic Hollywood films were full of fictional “tough guys” – brooding, tough-as-nails, and just a little bit dangerous. But art imitated life, and those movies sparked public interest in stories of organized crime, mobsters and other dabblers of dark deeds. Expert teacher Maxine Simson will lead these fun and informative sessions on some of our most famous tough guys and the characters that they inspired

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Harbin, China and its Jewish Community

May 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Explore the development of the city of Harbin, China, once home to a flourishing Jewish community.  With special focus on the period 1891 – 1950, historian Marleen Kassel will use pictures, family memories and historical documents to bring to life this unique chapter of history shaped by the interaction of Jews, Russians, Chinese and Japanese in this developing city in northeastern China.  Her talk is presented in conjunction with the Museum’s new exhibition Harbin, China|Past/Present.   Marleen Kassel is an Asian…

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Joseph: From Spoiled Brat to Savior II

May 16, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The story of Joseph is the longest and most sophisticated in the Book of Genesis. It’s also been interpreted in myriad ways. But by reading it closely and examining Joseph’s interactions with others, we can come to understand him more fully. We will also explore the range of interpretations of the Joseph story – by the rabbis and the Apocrypha, as well as by Christians and Muslims. This course is a continuation of our exploration of the Joseph story, but…

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NY Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House

May 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Museum at Eldridge Street is opening its doors for New York Landmark Conservancy‘s 9th annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend! Since 2011 congregations throughout New York State have been invited to open their doors so neighbors and tourists can experience first-hand the spectacular art, architecture and history of New York’s religious sites. Visitors can also learn about the crucial social and cultural programming these magnificent religious institutions provide their communities. The Museum is proud to participate once again with free building…

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New Volunteer Information Meeting

May 19, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Volunteers at the Museum at Eldridge Street are part of something bigger than just one building. Some of our volunteer opportunities are in the docent cohort! Docents are our ambassadors, our guides, and our family. By joining our docent cohort, you will learn about the history and culture at the Museum at Eldridge Street, engage with a dynamic population of visitors and guests, and meet individuals who share your love of volunteering and history. We warmly invite you to join the…

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The Second Migration: From Lower East Side to Greater New York

May 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

At the turn of the 20th century, more than half a million Jewish immigrants, from countries in Eastern Europe, lived on the Lower East Side. But just 20 years later, less than half that number still called the neighborhood home. What came after the Lower East Side for America’s Jewish immigrants? This five-part class begins with a focus on the iconic Jewish Lower East Side before following the migration of New York’s Jews – uptown and across the rivers. Most…

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Jews and Muslims: Beyond the Early Years II

May 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

From the 8th to the 12th centuries, the vast majority of world Jewry lived under Muslim rule. The relationship changed Judaism forever – giving rise to new forms of Jewish practice, new genres of Jewish literature, and revolutionary ways of considering age-old philosophical and theological questions. In these ten sessions, explore the religious and cultural connections between Jews and Muslims of that period. This course is a continuation of our exploration of Jews and Muslims in history, but new participants…

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Joseph: From Spoiled Brat to Savior II

May 23, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The story of Joseph is the longest and most sophisticated in the Book of Genesis. It’s also been interpreted in myriad ways. But by reading it closely and examining Joseph’s interactions with others, we can come to understand him more fully. We will also explore the range of interpretations of the Joseph story – by the rabbis and the Apocrypha, as well as by Christians and Muslims. This course is a continuation of our exploration of the Joseph story, but…

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June 2019

History Hunters: A Kid’s Life at Home

June 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Join us at the Tenement Museum  for the final installment of our History Hunters series that explores life for Lower East Side kids at the turn-of-the-20th Century. We’ll step into two tenement apartments to learn what life was like for kids in the Levine and Rogarshevsky families. What work did kids do? Where did they find space to play? How did they help their families get by? Then we’ll get creative by making objects out of recycled material, just like kids did one…

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The Second Migration: From Lower East Side to Greater New York

June 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

At the turn of the 20th century, more than half a million Jewish immigrants, from countries in Eastern Europe, lived on the Lower East Side. But just 20 years later, less than half that number still called the neighborhood home. What came after the Lower East Side for America’s Jewish immigrants? This five-part class begins with a focus on the iconic Jewish Lower East Side before following the migration of New York’s Jews – uptown and across the rivers. Most…

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Twilight Open House: Steven Lane and Harbin, China

June 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

This rare evening open house celebrates the Museum’s latest exhibition, Harbin, China | Past/Present, which uses historic photographs, family stories, and contemporary art to tell a story of turn-of-the-20th century Jewish immigration in China. Sip a drink and unwind after work as you stroll through the halls of our historic landmark at twilight. Artist Steven Lane, whose art is featured in the Harbin exhibition, will give a short talk during the open house. Lane created the drawings, photographs and mixed-media pieces in…

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Synagogues of the Lower East Side

June 11, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

One hundred years ago, there were as many as 500 synagogues dotting the streets of the Lower East Side. Only a few, like the Museum’s landmark building and the Bialystocker Synagogue, still exist in their original form; most are distant memories or have been altered beyond recognition. Some even serve completely different functions – as Buddhist temples or private homes! Stroll the streets and explore the evolution of the Lower East Side through the fate of its synagogues. You’ll learn about the…

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Eggrolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas

June 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The Museum’s signature, fan-favorite festival is back for another year! This multicultural block party unites the vibrant cultures of our neighborhood, pairing Chinese Opera and acrobatics with klezmer music and mambo. Enjoy al fresco Mah jongg games, Jewish scribal arts, Puerto Rican lace making, tea ceremonies, and much more. Plus, enjoy iconic foods of all three cultures! Free

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The Second Migration: From Lower East Side to Greater New York

June 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

At the turn of the 20th century, more than half a million Jewish immigrants, from countries in Eastern Europe, lived on the Lower East Side. But just 20 years later, less than half that number still called the neighborhood home. What came after the Lower East Side for America’s Jewish immigrants? This five-part class begins with a focus on the iconic Jewish Lower East Side before following the migration of New York’s Jews – uptown and across the rivers. Most…

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New Volunteer Information Meeting

June 23, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Volunteers at the Museum at Eldridge Street are part of something bigger than just one building. Some of our volunteer opportunities are in the docent cohort! Docents are our ambassadors, our guides, and our family. By joining our docent cohort, you will learn about the history and culture at the Museum at Eldridge Street, engage with a dynamic population of visitors and guests, and meet individuals who share your love of volunteering and history. We warmly invite you to join the…

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Books Below Canal: No. 1 Chinese Restaurant

June 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

No. 1 Chinese Restaurant, the debut novel from Lillian Li, tells the story of a neighborhood institution and the many generations whose lives are entwined there. The Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, is not just a beloved neighborhood restaurant; it is its own world, inhabited by waiters and kitchen staff who have been fighting, loving, and aging within its walls for decades. But when the delicate balance is disrupted, the orbit of this tight-knit immigrant community is subjected to…

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Introduction to Jewish Law

June 25, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

This four-part class examines Jewish practice, customs, and beliefs through the lens of Jewish law. Instructor Rabbi Bodner will introduce students to Jewish legal frameworks and the texts that support them, and the laws related to customs including diet, life cycle events, and other inter-personal affairs. Aviad Bodner is the rabbi at the Stanton Street Shul. Previously, Rabbi Bodner served as rabbi for the Moishe House in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he provided halakhic advice, led Torah classes and learning…

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July 2019

All-of-a-Kind-Family Walking Tour

July 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

The children’s classic All-of-a-Kind Family comes alive on this Lower East Side walking tour for families. 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 penny candy. Recommended for children five and up and their adults companions. This program is presented in partnership with PJ Library,…

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Early Mornings at Eldridge

July 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Experience the sanctuary in a new whole light! The Museum at Eldridge Street will open its doors an hour early, at 9:00 am, to invite you to ease into the day in a special way. As the sun rises in the east, it shines directly into our Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans stained glass window, bathing the sanctuary in a gentle, glowing light. With no tours or programs, this will be a time to look, reflect and be inspired. Photographers…

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Lower East Side Ladies

July 25, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Learn about the fiery women of Lower East Side history with a walk around the neighborhood. The tour begins right at the Museum, diving into the history of women at the historic site – from the early-20th century Ladies Auxiliary to the women-designed stained glass window that now anchors the historic sanctuary. Then we’ll hit the streets to follow in the footsteps of pious women and prostitutes, activists and artists, freethinking feminists and tough-talking balabustas. Hear about anarchist Emma Goldman, Visiting…

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August 2019

Lower East Side Walk & Find

August 4, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

On this neighborhood walking tour and scavenger hunt for families, step back and time and visit the Lower East Side spots that kids in the early 1900s knew and loved. From the country’s very first municipal playground to the beloved pickle shop, each place on this tour will bring a distant world into focus. Recommended for children five and up and their adult companions. $14 for adults $8 for students and seniors Space is limited; reservations are required.

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Love and Courtship

August 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

How did people meet and mingle 100 years ago? Did they confess their love in letters? Go to a matchmaker? Meet at work on a factory floor? As immigrants wrestled with new American ways and their old traditions, the Lower East Side was home to family-arranged marriages as well as young people mixing freely at dance halls and making their own matches.  We’ll visit sites where love once blossomed, including the former site of a popular dance hall, Seward Park…

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Summer Loving Soirée

August 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Featuring special guest Sylvia Weinstock! Sylvia is a baker and beloved cake decorator who started her now-famous cake business after turning 50. She’s baked cakes for celebrities including Oprah, Kim Kardashian, and Martha Stewart. She was a special guest and “secret weapon” on the Netflix show Nailed It!. Throughout the event, Sylvia will share lessons on love and life that she’s learned over the course of her long and exciting career. Bring your first dates, your blind dates, your longtime…

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September 2019

SOLD OUT – Jewish Lives in China

September 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Jewish immigration to New York is a well-researched phenomenon, but tens of thousands of Jewish immigrants also traveled east from their homes looking for new freedom and opportunity. In this talk, panelists will explore the oft-forgotten history of Jewish communities in Harbin and Shanghai—refugees and fortune seekers from Odessa and Bukhara to Baghdad—that have now all but disappeared. Before the event, join artist Steven Lane, whose work is featured in Harbin, China | Past/Present, for a gallery walk to discuss his…

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CANCELED – EastRiver Ensemble Concert

September 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. They’re back! Join neighborhood and festival favorite EastRiver Ensemble as they take us on a journey from China to the Lower East Side and back. EastRiver is an elastic performance group, rooted in China but definitively New York. In this energetic performance, EastRiver will interplay a mix of old and new genres,Chinese and world music. The group’s virtuosic flair and flamboyant kungfu will stay with you long after the final…

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October 2019

Rediscovery and Restoration Tour

October 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

This tour of the Museum at Eldridge Street focuses on the architectural history of its landmark synagogue building. Built in 1887, it was nearly lost to neglect in the mid-1900s. A 20 year, $20 million restoration united meticulous research, period craftsmanship and contemporary solutions. This tour is presented in partnership with Archtober.

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Open House New York

October 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Open House New York is the city’s largest architecture and design event! Stop by anytime from 10AM to 5PM – admission is free all day for self-guided visitors or guided tours. Hourly tours with expert docents will tell the story of our home, the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, and its 20-year, $20 million restoration. Completed in 2007, the meticulous restoration reversed decades of neglect and decay, uncovering fascinating history and raising preservation questions along the way. Tours will also explore…

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SOLD OUT – Opening Reception for “Pressed: Images from the Jewish Daily Forward”

October 23, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

For more than 120 years, the Forward has given an eager American Jewish audience a unique mix of news, culture and opinion. Published on the Lower East Side beginning in 1897, this Yiddish-language newspaper had a circulation of more than 275,000 in its heyday. Now a digital-only publication appearing in both English and Yiddish, the Forward maintains a vast archive tracing the history of the printed publication and the stories it covered. Pressed dives into this archive, presenting a selection…

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Joseph: Interpretations through the Ages

October 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

In this series with expert teacher Regina Stein, you will examine the variety of ways in which the story of Joseph, presented in Genesis 37-50, has been interpreted in post-Biblical Jewish literature (such as the Apocrypha and the Dead Sea Scrolls), by the classical rabbis, as well as by Christians and Muslims. In what ways do their interpretations promote their own agendas? How can a single Biblical character come to be understood in so many different ways? You’ll gain a…

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Outsiders Book Club

October 25, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

In honor of the Year of the Woman – celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage – this book club celebrates stories of women as outsiders. The protagonists of these novels, short stories and memoirs find themselves on the margins of society – as activists encountering political, sexual or social opposition, or minorities struggling to understand a new culture. Through reading benchmarks, thoughtful questions and group discussions, you’ll unpack women-centric narratives and themes. Each month, you skilled group leader Lucy…

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Arches, Balconies & Columns: The ABCs of Architecture

October 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

What makes a building beautiful and functional? There’s no better place to figure that out than in the eclectic 19th-century synagogue in which the Museum makes its home. Guided by a Center for Architectue Design Educator, families will explore the dizzying array of architectural styles and design details in our building that come together to form a beautiful and unique whole. Plus, budding builders will have a chance to make their own architectural masterpieces. Recommended for children in grades 2-5…

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From Beame to Bloomberg: Jews in City Government

October 28, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Jews have been living in New York City since 1653. Since then, they have contributed to the growth of the city’s vibrancy and culture in myriad arenas. This course will profile Jewish politicians and their time in office, from New York’s first Jewish mayor, Abraham Became, and the fiscal crisis of the 1970’s to the economic recovery of the Koch era and the boom-times of Michael Bloomberg. You’ll explore other prominent personalities and their careers including House of Representative members…

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Take Action, Save a Life: BRCA mutations and hereditary cancers

October 28, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

This even has been cancelled. We thank you for your support and understanding. Learn how to take life-affirming action from leading researchers and activists in the field of BRCA research. Featuring panelists Dr. Kenneth Offit, MD – Chief, Clinical Genetics Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering; Principal Investigator of the BRCA Founder Outreach Study (BFOR) Rabbi Lisa Gelber – Spiritual leader, Congregation Habonim Shera Dubitsky – Senior Advisor, Sharsheret –The Jewish Breast & Ovarian Cancer Community Jack David Marcus – Co-leader,…

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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 10012 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 10012 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 10012 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 10012 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 10012 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 10012 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 10012 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, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 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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Evening Open House: the Forward Archives

January 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 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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History Hunters: A Kid’s Life at School

January 26, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Family Program The past comes alive in this interactive family program that takes children back in time to discover what Lower East Side kids experienced at school more than 100 years ago – and you may be surprised at what you’ll discover. Fancy vocabulary? Out. Nature study? In. Plus, get ready for some crazy calisthenics and a surprising school snack. Straight A’s guaranteed! Recommended for children five and up and their adult companions. $15 for adults $10 for children, students…

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CANCELLED – Women’s Work: Preserving and Restoring our Landmarks

January 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

This event has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.  From New York to San Antonio and Savannah to Providence, women have been in the forefront of historic preservation, fighting highways, securing landmark status or leading other civic battles that have saved and restored our cities. Join Roberta Brandes Gratz, an award-winning journalist and urban critic who founded the effort to restore the Museum at Eldridge Street’s historic home as she leads a conversation with leading minds in the world…

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February 2020

Eyal Vilner Big Band

February 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Concert The Eyal Vilner Big Band is true to its name—it is BIG. Seventeen musicians big! Led by Tel Aviv-born and New York-educated musician/composer/conductor Eyal Vilner, this concert features Vilner’s inventive arrangements of jazz classics as well as his original compositions. Melding traditional Jewish melodies and Middle Eastern sounds with jazz and blues, the band celebrates America’s rich cultural tapestry and the intersection of the swing era with early 20th-century Jewish life in New York. This concert is generously funded…

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March 2020

Medieval Jewish Thinkers in Their Historical Contexts II

March 3, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Adult Education Maimonides was the most important and most studied medieval Jewish philosopher, yet we still argue over what he really believed. How should we understand God? Do people have free will? Why is there evil in the world? What is the role of the Messiah? Will the dead be resurrected? Why should Jews observe halakha (Jewish law)? This course will explore the writings of Maimonides and compare his views on these questions to those of his predecessors including Saadia…

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From Freedom to Slavery and Back Again: The Biblical Book of Exodus

March 5, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Adult Education The exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt is the most important event in the Bible, and it became a powerful model for other liberation narratives. With expert instructor Dr. Regina Stein, you will read the story carefully, analyzing the way it unfolds, its characters and their motives, as you try to answer the simple question: what is the Torah trying to tell us and why? No previous knowledge of Hebrew or of the Bible is required.…

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History Hunters: A Kid’s Life at Synagogue

March 8, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Family Program The past comes alive in this interactive series that takes you back in time to discover what it was like to be a child on the Lower East Side more than a century ago. In this session, we’ll focus on what it was like to go to shul as a kid in the early 1900s. Balcony seats with a view? Check. Bar Mitzvah cheat sheet? Check. Penny chocolate bars? Check (and yum)! Recommended for children ages 5-11 and…

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Medieval Jewish Thinkers in Their Historical Contexts II

March 10, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Adult Education Maimonides was the most important and most studied medieval Jewish philosopher, yet we still argue over what he really believed. How should we understand God? Do people have free will? Why is there evil in the world? What is the role of the Messiah? Will the dead be resurrected? Why should Jews observe halakha (Jewish law)? This course will explore the writings of Maimonides and compare his views on these questions to those of his predecessors including Saadia…

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Stories of Wontons to Waffles

March 19, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Storytelling Event The experience of making a new home while honoring one’s traditions is a nearly universal part of the American immigrant story. And perhaps more than anywhere else, that interplay happens with our families’ food traditions. Please join us, in collaboration with Eat Darling Eat, for an emotional, funny, and delicious evening of storytelling. Our storytellers will focus on mothers and daughters and the role food and meals and cooking play in the transmission of family history, values, and…

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April 2020

Activism That Changed the World: The 19th Amendment

April 20, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Online Lecture August 2020 will mark the centennial of a pivotal moment in this country’s history – the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote in political elections. It was a hard-fought victory for the tenacious advocates at the center of the issue, whose decades of social agitation eventually changed the country’s political and social structure forever. Join Museum educator Barry Feldman for this online discussion exploring the 150 year social, civic and political course of…

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Ambition, Activism, and Adaptation: Jewish Women of the LES | Virtual Class

April 22, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Adult Education

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Ambition, Activism, and Adaptation: Jewish Women of the LES | Virtual Class

April 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Adult Education

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May 2020

Ambition, Activism, and Adaptation: Jewish Women of the LES | Virtual Class

May 6, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Adult Education

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Ambition, Activism, and Adaptation: Jewish Women of the LES | Virtual Class

May 13, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Adult Education

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Ambition, Activism, and Adaptation: Jewish Women of the LES | Virtual Class

May 20, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Adult Education

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July 2020

The Little House: Storytime & Art Activity

July 14, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

How and why do communities change over time? Find out by joining the Museum at Eldridge Street for a reading of Virginia Lee Burton’s timeless and award winning book, The Little House. This beautifully illustrated book shows how changes come and go but some things remain. Afterwards we will create our own community of little houses (or apartment buildings). This program is intended for children aged 4-8 and their caregivers. Participants will need: 1) Brown paper lunch bag, but other…

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October 2020

Fashion Metropolis Berlin

October 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Uwe Westphal in conversation with Keren Ben-Horin moderated by Jennifer Altmann. Berlin was a fashion capital in the 1920s, with hundreds of thriving clothing manufacturers, most of them Jewish, before it was snuffed out by the Nazis. Author Uwe Westphal shares this history in a discussion with FIT historian Keren Ben-Horin and journalist Jennifer Altmann, whose grandfather ran one of Berlin’s fashion houses. Enjoy a Q&A during the YouTube premiere of this pre-recorded event. Organized in partnership with The Museum…

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December 2020

Holiday storytime: When Mindy Saved Hanukkah

December 9, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Did you know that the Eldridge Street Synagogue appears in a children’s book about Hanukkah?! Our landmark building is the setting for a grand holiday adventure in When Mindy Saved Hanukkah! Join a museum educator on Facebook Live for this fun family storytime and learn how the tiniest of hearts can become towering heroes. Perfect for children ages 4 to 11 and their families. This storytime is hosted on Facebook. Visit the event page to learn more information and RSVP.…

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April 2021

Lower East Side Walking Tour

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Explore important sites of the neighborhood and piece together what life was in the Jewish Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century. A century ago, New York’s Lower East Side was home to the world’s largest Jewish community. Hundreds of thousands of Jewish immigrants lived, worked, played, here; all while struggling to survive. Today, much of this neighborhood has changed as new generations of immigrants make the Lower East Side part of their own story. But if…

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May 2021

Lower East Side Walking Tour

May 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Explore important sites of the neighborhood and piece together what life was in the Jewish Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century. A century ago, New York’s Lower East Side was home to the world’s largest Jewish community. Hundreds of thousands of Jewish immigrants lived, worked, played, here; all while struggling to survive. Today, much of this neighborhood has changed as new generations of immigrants make the Lower East Side part of their own story. But if…

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June 2021

Lower East Side Walking Tour

June 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10012 United States

Stroll through the neighborhood’s 100-year-old history! With our museum docent Richard Soden, stroll through the neighborhood’s 100-year-old history with the street smarts he’s earned as a long-time Lower East Side resident. Learn about what life was like for Jewish immigrants at the turn of the last century, where children played, where people shopped and ate, how they received news, and even where they banked. You’ll also explore more recent history, including how the neighborhood has been transformed and adapted to…

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