Are you interested in Jewish history and culture, architecture and/or historic preservation? Then volunteer! We are looking for dynamic and enthusiastic volunteers to join our team.
Volunteer docents play a crucial role in fulfilling the museum’s mission. They bring to life the history and architecture of the building for tens of thousands of visitors each year. Docents serve as the point of contact between the museum and the public, warmly welcoming visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
For questions, contact Courtney Byrne-Mitchell at CByrneMitchell@eldridgestreet.org or 212-219-0302 x 5.
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.
Educator (K-12 programs)
Conduct educational programs for visitors in grades K-12 of all backgrounds and abilities. Applicants with teaching experience will be given preference.
Welcome audience members to our cultural programs, including concerts, lectures and other special events.
Aid our staff with administrative tasks that keep the Museum running, such as mailings and data entry. Computer skills required.
Volunteers should demonstrate excellent public speaking and listening skills, friendly and warm demeanor, cultural sensitivity in interpreting a Jewish sacred site for a broad audience, and an interest in Jewish culture, immigration history, and architecture.
Training varies depending on desired volunteer responsibilities. New docents participate in a training period of 4-6 weeks including orientation meeting, introductory classes, studying source material, shadowing current docents on tours and a test tour.
Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of two days per month for a minimum of six months and to attend docent training workshops regularly.
This video was created before the synagogue restoration was completed and features images of the building in its deteriorated state.