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July 2018

Crime and the Kehillah: Accusation and Response

July 9, 2018 @ 11:00 am - July 23, 2018 @ 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

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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A Sabbath of the Mind

July 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

What defines a Sabbath? The practice transcends any one spiritual denomination, yet it is always characterized by a commitment to peace and joy, community and closeness, good food, good company and quietness of the mind. How can we cultivate that feeling all week? And how can the sacred day’s basic tenets apply to a more secular life?  Yael Shy, author and senior director of NYU Global Spiritual Life, will lead a guided meditation and discussion on mindfulness in daily life. Then,…

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Twilight Open House: Kiki Smith at Eldridge

July 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

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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Activist Women walking tour

July 29, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

The Lower East Side of the late-19th and early-20th century was teeming with newcomers to the country. Eastern Europeans brought with them a tradition of activism and discourse, and almost immediately applied it to their new home. These new immigrants challenged the status quo and fought to improve their own lives and the lives of their countrymen. In many cases, women were the strongest voices of all. Stroll the historic streets of the old neighborhood while celebrating these fiery women,…

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August 2018

Jewish Medical Ethics

August 1, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely


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

This four-part course explores hot-button issues of medical ethics from a Jewish perspective. With the help of instructor Rabbi Aviad Boder, you’ll explore primary sources and follow the development of Jewish law regarding topics including determining time of death and organ donations. 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 groups, and helped build an inclusive,…

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All-of-a-Kind Family walking tour

August 5, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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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Where They Prayed

August 15, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

This roving exploration of the Lower East Side starts at our Museum, home of the first grand synagogue built by Eastern Europe Jews in America. Then you’ll head out into the neighborhood for visit to a dramatically different type of sacred space – a tenement synagogue established by Galician immigrants. Along the way, expert guide Barry Feldman will tell tales of immigrant life on the Lower East Side. Explore the streets of the old Jewish neighborhood and peek inside the diverse…

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Twilight Open House: Kiki Smith at Eldridge

August 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

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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September 2018

Activist Women walking tour

September 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

The Lower East Side of the late-19th and early-20th century was teeming with newcomers to the country. Eastern Europeans brought with them a tradition of activism and discourse, and almost immediately applied it to their new home. These new immigrants challenged the status quo and fought to improve their own lives and the lives of their countrymen. In many cases, women were the strongest voices of all. Stroll the historic streets of the old neighborhood while celebrating these fiery women,…

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All-of-a-Kind Family walking tour

September 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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. Use the form…

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October 2018

Joseph: From Spoiled Brat to Savior

October 4, 2018 @ 11:00 am - December 13, 2018 @ 11:30 am
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

The story of Joseph is the longest and most sophisticated in the Book of Genesis. By reading it closely and examining Joseph’s interactions with others, we can come to understand him more fully. With teacher Regina Stein, you will do that in ten sessions. You will also explore the range of interpretations of the Joseph story by rabbis, as well as by Christians and Muslims. Dr. Regina Stein is the Morris Kaplan Scholar-in-Residence at the Museum at Eldridge Street. She…

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Silk Road Tea House: An Evening of Bukharian Jewish Culture

October 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

This vibrant musical evening celebrates one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world – Bukharians. Hailing from the Uzbek city of Bukhar, this tight-knit community has resided in Central Asia from over two millennia. Today, 70,000 Bukharians have immigrated to the United States – and 50,000 have settled in Queens. These enclaves, dubbed “Little Bukharia” and “Bukharian Broadway,” are brimming with Bukharian’s distinctive dress, music, and cuisine. Now we’re bringing Little Bukharia downtown and transforming the sanctuary into a…

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Jews on the Supreme Court

October 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am - November 12, 2018 @ 10:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Louis Brandeis’ 1918 appointment to the Supreme Court began a consistent Jewish presence in this esteemed arena. The four-session class will explore the biographies and tenures of the eight Jews who have been appointed to the high court. Popular teacher Barry Feldman will lead discussions of the presidential and political considerations in nominations and confirmations. Over four sessions, you will explore the Justices’ innovation, advocacy, and interpretation of the law, from the New Deal to same-sex marriage. Barry Feldman is…

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Jews and Muslims: Beyond the Early Years

October 9, 2018 @ 11:00 am - December 11, 2018 @ 11:30 am
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

The vast majority of the world Jewry lived under Muslim rule from the 8th to 12th centuries. In this ten session class, you will explore the religious and cultural connections between Jews and Muslims of that period. The relationship changed Judaism forever – giving rise to new forms of Jewish practice, new elements of Jewish literature, and revolutionary ways of considering age-old philosophical and theological questions. Attend the full course or drop in on individual dates. Dr. Regina Stein is…

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Immigrants as Artist Pioneers

October 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am - October 17, 2018 @ 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

In the late-19th and early-20th centuries, immigrants from Eastern Europe poured into the Lower East Side, creating crucibles of creative energy and ambition. Despite being newcomers, these individuals quickly made indelible contributions to American arts and culture. This two-session course will highlight two immigrant families, the Adlers and Gershwins, whose creative chutzpah forever changed American entertainment. The Adler patriarch first arrived in New York in 1889, and became famous for daring Yiddish melodrama. But it was his daughter Stella who…

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Rediscovery and Restoration Tour

October 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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.   Use the form to the right or click here to purchase tickets    

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Open House New York

October 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Join us for Open House New York, the city’s largest architecture and design event! The Museum will open for 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 the main sanctuary’s…

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November 2018

Kol Isha concert

November 4, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Cantors Hayley Kobilinsky and Galit Dadoun Cohen are at the forefront of the changing face of the American cantorate. Emerging from traditional Ashkenazic and Sephardic backgrounds respectively, they each infuse their heritage into their cantorial work, incorporating Yiddish and Ladino with the common prayer languages of Hebrew and English. This concert will include an eclectic mix of Jewish music, from traditional chazzanut to recent compositions by leading Jewish composers. Renowned accompanist Joyce Rosenzweig, who has appeared as a soloist with the New…

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Lower East Side walk and find

November 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

School’s out, so let’s hit the streets! This special neighborhood walking tour & scavenger hunt designed for families will take us to some of the spots that Lower East Side kids in the early 1900s knew and loved. From the country’s very first playground to the pickle shop, each place on this tour will bring a distant world into focus. Recommended for children ages five and up and their adult companions. Tour begins at 12 Eldridge Street.   Use the…

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Releasing Words: The Cut Paper Art of Deborah Ugoretz Opening Reception

November 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Celebrate the opening of the Museum’s newest exhibition, featuring intricate cut-paper art by Deborah Ugoretz. Ugoretz was already a working artist when she saw traditional Jewish paper cutting work for the first time.  She was dazzled by this centuries-old tradition and its creative possibilities for “visualizing Judaism,” and its ability to transform a simple piece of paper into a work of art that could release words into pictorial space. This exhibition will present a retrospective of the artist’s work in cut paper,…

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RESCHEDULED – Walking the Bowery

November 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

The tour was rescheduled for November 14th after an illness. Home of Yiddish theatres, grand bank buildings, education centers, and flophouses, the historic Bowery had it all. One of the first major thoroughfares of New York City, the Bowery quickly earned a reputation as a place for for wild fun and anything-goes attitude. But it also attracted altruists, including those at the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Join urban historian Barry Feldman on this roving exploration of the famous Bowery. Visit one…

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GVSHP Brokers Partnership Presents: The Andy Statman Trio

November 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Join us for a special night featuring renowned musician Andy Statman and the Andy Statman Trio. In the Museum’s stunning sanctuary, the trio will perform their trademark blend of American roots music, prayerful Hasidic music, klezmer, and avant-garde jazz. This concert is an annual favorite and a partnership with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s Brokers Partnership, which teaches preservation principles to real estate professionals. A 6:00pm tour of the Museum is included with your ticket. $35 in advance.…

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New Docent Orientation

November 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Volunteer docents at the Museum at Eldridge Street are part of something bigger than just one building. Docents are our ambassadors, our guides, and our family. Join us to do the fulfilling work of sharing the past with visitors from around the globe! A new volunteer cohort is about to begin. We invite you to join the team. At this orientation meeting, you will meet fellow prospective volunteers and learn more about the training process and docent experience.

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History Hunters: A Kid’s Life at School

November 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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. In this first session, we’ll explore what school life was like for Lower East Side kids – so get ready for some crazy calisthenics and a surprising school lunch. Straight A’s guaranteed! (Join us for future History Hunters sessions focusing on A Kids Life…at Home; A Kid’s Life…at Work; and A Kid’s Life…at Synagogue.) This series…

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In Their Own Words: The Eldridge Street Minute Books

November 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - December 10, 2018 @ 11:30 am
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Please note, the dates for this class have changed. Sessions will take place on the following days: Mondays –  November 19, November 26, December 3, December 10 In 1850, a small congregation of immigrants organized Bet Hamedresh, an intimate congregation worshipping below Canal Street. By 1887, this congregation, renamed Kahal Adas Jeshurun built what was commonly referred to as the Eldridge Street Shul. Along the way, the congregation meticulously documented its evolution in minute books. Handwritten in Yiddish, these fascinating…

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December 2018

Latkepalooza!

December 2, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Hanukkah may not officially begin until the evening, but we’re getting our celebration started early! Join us for this popular and super-fun festival for families. All three floors of the museum will be buzzing with fun, as the holiday’s miraculous spirit comes to life with art, music, stories and lots of latkes! Presented in partnership with the Workmen’s Circle.

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Exhibition Opening for Lighting the World: Menorahs Around the Globe

December 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Just in time for Hanukkah, we’re thrilled to present the remarkable Aharon Ben Zalman Collection of menorahs, spanning the globe and more than five centuries. Though Jewish communities in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas all celebrate Hanukkah, their style of holiday lamps reflect their own unique cultures. Within Eldridge Street’s vibrant historic sanctuary, menorahs from 17th-century Italy and 19th-century North Africa will be displayed alongside those from Colonial America and modernday Israel, India, Brazil, Poland, the Netherlands, and more.…

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New Docent Orientation

December 9, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Volunteer docents at the Museum at Eldridge Street are part of something bigger than just one building. Docents are our ambassadors, our guides, and our family. Join us to do the fulfilling work of sharing the past with visitors from around the globe! A new volunteer cohort is about to begin. We invite you to join the team. At this orientation meeting, you will meet fellow prospective volunteers and learn more about the training process and docent experience.

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Accordion Festival: Sounds of the Lower East Side

December 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

In the 19th century, the accordion became a popular instrument not only in Eastern Europe, but throughout the continent. And as migrants made the trip overseas to America, many brought their accordions along with them. As a result, the instrument played a prominent role in the musical life of the Lower East Side. In those days, the sounds of the accordion evoked the old country. But today, musicians from around the globe are breathing new life and traditions into this…

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Klez For Kids!

December 25, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

When Christmas quiets the streets of New York, come to Eldridge for a joyous communal celebration! Clarinetist Greg Wall’s band Klezmerfest! will have the whole family singing, dancing and dabbling in Yiddish at this annual favorite. The band’s award-winning Klez For Kidz program melds old-country sounds with contemporary Lower East Side energy, and it will have kids dancing in the aisles of our magnificent sanctuary. Concerts will start at 12pm and 2pm. After the concerts, visitors are welcome to stay…

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January 2019

Tavche Gravche

January 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

The members of Tavche Gravche are virtuosos who use their diverse musical and cultural backgrounds to create a sound all their own. They merge haunting Macedonian and Mediterranean melodies with the explosive, danceable rhythms so common in Balkan music. And their expert musical abilities allow for their performances to go to fun and improvisational places. Enjoy this rare evening concert and reception as they push musical boundaries in the Museum’s historic sanctuary. Macedonian-born and Juilliard graduate Vasko Dukovski is a clarinetist and concert performer…

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New Volunteer Orientation

January 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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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Evening Open House: Cut Paper Art of Deborah Ugoretz

January 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Enjoy an evening of art and drinks at this rare evening open house, to celebrate the Museum’s latest exhibition Releasing Words. With a drink in hand, unwind after work in our beautiful landmark building. Take in the 19th-century glamour of our historic sanctuary and peruse the exhibition of intricate, delicate and complex pieces by the masterful artist Deborah Ugoretz. Hear from the artist herself about her work and the creation of the exhibition in a short talk during the reception.

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Early Mornings at Eldridge

January 21 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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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Family Tour

January 22 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

When school’s out, come into Eldridge! For three days during yeshiva winter break, special family-focused tours will teach kids to explore the history and architecture of the Museum’s 1887 synagogue building. The whole family will marvel at the Jewish American history hidden within our walls. Following the tour, kids and parents will use our vibrant stained glass windows to make crayon rubbings they can take home!

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Family Tour

January 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

When school’s out, come into Eldridge! For three days during yeshiva winter break, special family-focused tours will teach kids to explore the history and architecture of the Museum’s 1887 synagogue building. The whole family will marvel at the Jewish American history hidden within our walls. Following the tour, kids and parents will use our vibrant stained glass windows to make crayon rubbings they can take home!

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Family Tour

January 24 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

When school’s out, come into Eldridge! For three days during yeshiva winter break, special family-focused tours will teach kids to explore the history and architecture of the Museum’s 1887 synagogue building. The whole family will marvel at the Jewish American history hidden within our walls. Following the tour, kids and parents will use our vibrant stained glass windows to make crayon rubbings they can take home!

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ArtSee: Papercutting

January 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States

Calling all artsy kids! Join us for a special family program as we look closely at our brand-new exhibition Releasing Words, featuring artist Deborah Ugoretz’s works in cut paper. We’ll focus on how Ugoretz uses a centuries-old Jewish craft – papercutting – to turn ideas, stories and traditions into intricate and complex art. Then, prepare to turn your own ideas and stories into art as we make our very own paper-cut art. Recommended for children ages five and up and…

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February 2019

Early Mornings at Eldridge

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 6:00 pm - April 2 @ 8:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until July 16, 2019


Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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One event on August 1, 2019 at 9:00 am


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

Early Mornings at Eldridge

August 1 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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One event on August 1, 2019 at 9:00 am


Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 Walk & Find

August 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 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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