Are you outgoing? Enjoy public speaking? Interested in history, culture, arts, architecture or historic preservation? Join our dynamic team of volunteers!

Most visitors see the Museum with the help of a volunteer docent. As a docent, you bring to life the history and architecture of the building. And you’ll meet Museum visitors from both down the street and around the globe.

Most Museum at Eldridge Street volunteers are docents. But not everyone! There are other ways to get involved, too. Get in touch to find out how you can make a difference at Eldridge Street.



Conduct interactive, engaging tours for visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, greet and orient visitors and share the history and story of the Eldridge Street Synagogue in an interactive tour.

Program Volunteer

Be a part of our exciting public programs! Program volunteers help set up equipment and supplies, assist musicians, greet guests, take photographs, and other tasks that ensure Museum events are as successful as possible. Opportunities often include evening and weekend hours.

Who makes a good volunteer?

A Museum at Eldridge Street volunteers demonstrates excellent public speaking and listening skills. They are friendly and warm, show cultural sensitivity, and are natural storytellers. Most volunteers come to Eldridge with interests in Jewish culture, immigration history, the arts, preservation and architecture.

How are volunteers trained?

Training varies depending on desired volunteer responsibilities. New docents participate in a training period of 4 – 6 weeks that includes an orientation meeting, introductory classes, studying source material, shadowing current docents and conducting a test tour. Museum staff works closely with docents to support their learning and training process.

Are you a college student? Learn more about our college internship program.

Why I Volunteer
“The Eldridge Street Synagogue is the synagogue of our ancestors. It represents a link between past, present and future.” –Barry Y.

“I learn so much from the visitors about the Jewish and immigrant experience on the Lower East Side and elsewhere. My time at Eldridge Street enriches my life in many ways.” –Roberta K.

“I love sharing the beauty and history of this place with visitors who come from all over the world.” –Miryam W.

“I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to transport our visitors back into historical New York.” –Harriet B

Docent Stories. Volunteer at the Museum at Eldridge Street.

Docent Stories from the Museum at Eldridge Street