Since his arrival in New York in the 1980’s, Barry has been a huge lover of the Lower East Side. Having grown up in South Africa, he found the community of the LES to resemble the old Jewish areas of Johannesburg, and immediately took to spending a great deal of time exploring, connecting and preserving the unique "little" corner of this great Jewish city.
Studying for a MA degree in American Jewish history at Brandeis University, Barry quickly became an avid fan of the history, culture and demography of the Jewish communal experience of the LES, and has for the last 10 years been thrilled to be a part of the LESJC as a local tour guide. He loves sharing the special and diverse character of the neighborhood with all the different age groups that join his tours, from young school kids and teenagers to older adults.
More recently Barry has also set up his own private company that offers customized tours of "Jewish New York” throughout the rest of the city.