Celebratory Fundraiser to honor Laurie Tobias Cohen and The LES Jewish Conservancy with a Special Tour of the Bialystoker Synagogue provided by Rabbi Zvi Romm
Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Celebratory Fundraiser to honor Laurie Tobias Cohen and The LES Jewish Conservancy with a Special Tour of the Bialystoker Synagogue provided by Rabbi Zvi Romm

  • Community Room in the Seward Park Housing Cooperative (map)
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The LESJC is hosting a celebration (dietary laws observed) on the afternoon of March 24th, honoring Laurie Tobias- Cohen, our former Executive Director, for her dedicated service and leadership of 16 years.

As a special treat, before we raise a glass to toast Laurie, Zvi Romm, the rabbi of the historic Bialystoker Synagogue since 2002, will be providing a 45-minute tour of this magnificent synagogue, covered in marvelous murals and Tiffany inspired stained glass. He also serves as an instructor of Talmud at Yeshiva University's Isaac Breuer College and is the Administrator of the Manhattan Beth Din for Conversions

1:00-1:45PM Tour Bialystoker Synagogue

2:00-4:00PM Celebration

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The Jewish Harlem Walking Tour
May
5
10:45 AM10:45

The Jewish Harlem Walking Tour

  • Meet at the Northeast corner of Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and 125th (map)
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Once the third largest Jewish community in the world-from 1870 -1930, after New York's Lower East Side and Warsaw, Poland, join us as we view the exteriors of important landmarks and talk about legendary people of this often-forgotten segment of Jewish history, starting with its origins as a community for the very, very rich and covering its glory days as one of the three major world-centers of Judaism.

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Congregation Chasam Sopher – A Special 1 hour Evening Tour
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Congregation Chasam Sopher – A Special 1 hour Evening Tour

During a 1 hour evening tour of the second oldest remaining synagogue building in New York, enjoy learning about this Romanesque Revival building originally inhabited by Congregation Rodeph Sholom, a Reform congregation established in 1842, now located on the Upper West Side.

See the remarkable restoration that took more than three years to complete, and was finished in 2006.

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The Jewish Upper West Side North Walking Tour
Jun
23
10:45 AM10:45

The Jewish Upper West Side North Walking Tour

  • meets at 86th Street and Central Park West NE Corner, park side (map)
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Urban Historian Marty Shore will explore the area from W 86th to W 96th Streets, a 'powerhouse' of shuls, schools, and Jewish culture,  including a guided tour of the JEWISH CENTER, (1918). This Neo-Classical, Modern Orthodox site was the first in the US to feature a pool and recreational space.


Other world-renowned synagogues discussed include Ohab Zedek, Shaare Zedek and B'nai Jeshurun. We will view the (former) homes of Zero Mostel, I.B. Singer and Lee Strasberg.

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The Power of Place: The Lower East Side of Past and Present - a NEW Tour
Jun
30
10:45 AM10:45

The Power of Place: The Lower East Side of Past and Present - a NEW Tour

  • Meeting at Straus Square, the triangle across from the Forward Building (173 East Broadway) (map)
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Urban historian Barry Feldman updates and expands his popular O! Multitudes! tour to fit into the landscape of 2019. The narrative will cover the historic iconic period of immigrant settlement on the Lower East Side (1880’s to 1924), and discuss demographic changes, housing and social issues, and failed depression era plans for neighborhood rehabilitation. The Lower East Side’s current status as a flourishing popular residential and commercial neighborhood will also be discussed.

This tour is a collaboration between the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC) and the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative (LESPI)

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Tenement Chic North: Ornamentation and Architectural Tour of the East Village
Sep
15
10:45 AM10:45

Tenement Chic North: Ornamentation and Architectural Tour of the East Village

  • Meet on the SE corner of Second Avenue & East 8th Street (map)
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Join urban historian Barry Feldman, our housing specialist for further exploration of tenement history and ornamental architecture north of Houston.

There will be opportunity to analyze, compare, admire and discuss a wide sampling of building facades as you walk the streets of the East Village. 

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The Jewish Harlem Walking Tour
Sep
22
10:45 AM10:45

The Jewish Harlem Walking Tour

  • Meet at the Northeast corner of Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and 125th (map)
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Once the second largest Jewish community in the United States, Harlem was home to more than 175,000 Jews. View important landmarks and talk about legendary people of this often-forgotten segment of Jewish history, starting with its origins as a community for the very, very rich and covering its glory days as one of the three major world-centers of Judaism.

Learn about Harlem's legendary Jewish institutions - many of which transformed the Judaism of today's world

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 Shuls of Grandeur on the Lower East Side
Oct
6
10:45 AM10:45

Shuls of Grandeur on the Lower East Side

  • Meet in front of Bialystoker Synagogue (map)
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On this tour co-sponsored with The Museum at Eldridge Street, you will visit TWO grand synagogues remaining on the Lower East Side today. One is the first great house of worship built by Eastern European Jews, and the other a former church, believed to be a site on the Underground Railroad. Both are not to be missed!

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The Jewish Community of Colonial New Amsterdam: A Walking Tour
Nov
3
10:45 AM10:45

The Jewish Community of Colonial New Amsterdam: A Walking Tour

  • Meet Across from Fraunces Tavern (on the corner of Broad and Pearl Streets) (map)
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Walk modern day lower Manhattan while tracing the origins of Jewish life in what was the colony of Colonial New Amsterdam.

Visit the oldest known Jewish Cemetery in New York City founded by America's first Jewish Congregation, and see graves of patriots of the American Revolution. 

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All-of-a-Kind Family:  Special Hanukkah Book Event & Mini-Tour
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

All-of-a-Kind Family: Special Hanukkah Book Event & Mini-Tour

Join New York Times bestselling author Emily Jenkins and Caldecott award-winning illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky for a special Hanukkah event with the LESJC that celebrates the release of All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah, a NEW book in a classic series that evokes the crowded but cozy tenement world of the early 20th century.

This event will start with a mini tour of the glorious Bialystoker Synagogue, a former church built in 1826, covered in a riot of colorful murals and Tiffany inspired stained glass, with the astrological signs on the ceiling. Next will be a book talk and reading from the author and illustrator, followed by Questions and Answers. We will end this unique program with a jelly doughnut and book signing.

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Shearith Israel -Tour the Sanctuary of America's First Congregation
Nov
18
11:00 AM11:00

Shearith Israel -Tour the Sanctuary of America's First Congregation

Join us for a tour of Congregation Shearith Israel, commonly known as the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, the first Jewish congregation in North America founded in 1654.

Our 1 hour and 15-minute public tour allows you the opportunity to enter this landmark building with its majestic and inspiring sanctuary and Tiffany stained-glass windows.

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A Slide Lecture Presentation of Jewish Harlem by Justin Ferate -SOLD OUT
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

A Slide Lecture Presentation of Jewish Harlem by Justin Ferate -SOLD OUT

  • Community Synagogue Max D Raiskin Center (map)
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SOLD OUT

Join us for a slide presentation/lecture of Jewish Harlem, the third largest Jewish community in the world– from 1870 -1930, after New York’s Lower East Side and Warsaw, Poland. View important landmarks and legendary people of this often-forgotten segment of Jewish history, starting with its origins as a community for the very, very rich and covering its glory days as one of the three major world-centers of Judaism.

Your armchair tour will be presented by Urban Historian Justin Ferate, well known and highly respected for his professional in-depth knowledge about the myriad aspects of New York City, and selected by Time Out New York as “One of New York’s 50 Essential Secrets!”

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Shuls of Grandeur on the Lower East Side -A Columbus Day walking tour
Oct
8
10:45 AM10:45

Shuls of Grandeur on the Lower East Side -A Columbus Day walking tour

  • Meet in front of Bialystoker Synagogue (map)
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On this tour co-sponsored with The Museum at Eldridge Street, you will visit TWO grand synagogues remaining on the Lower East Side today. One is the first great house of worship built by Eastern European Jews, and the other a former church, believed to be a site on the Underground Railroad.

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Congregation Chasam Sopher – A Special 1 hour Evening Tour
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

Congregation Chasam Sopher – A Special 1 hour Evening Tour

During a NEW 1 hour evening tour of the second oldest remaining synagogue building in New York, enjoy learning about this Romanesque Revival building originally inhabited by Congregation Rodeph Sholom, a Reform congregation established in 1842, now located on the Upper West Side.

See the remarkable restoration that took more than three years to complete, and was finished in 2006.

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Tenement Chic on the Upper East Side
Jun
26
5:00 PM17:00

Tenement Chic on the Upper East Side

  • Meet on the SW corner of First Ave and 81st Street (map)
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Admire the beautiful botanicals, mythical beasts, garish grotesques and ornate cornices that richly adorn otherwise drab 19th century tenements as we Take a closer look at Yorkville’s not-so-humble tenement architecture with urban historian Barry Feldman.

This tour is co-sponsored with the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts.

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Tenement Chic: Ornamentation and Architectural Walking Tour of the LES - with a special visit to the Greek Synagogue
Jun
24
1:00 PM13:00

Tenement Chic: Ornamentation and Architectural Walking Tour of the LES - with a special visit to the Greek Synagogue

  • Meet at Straus Square (the triangle across from the Forward Building) (map)
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On this tour, we will discuss why sculptures adorn otherwise drab 19th century tenements, and how building ornamentation influenced residential architecture in this ever evolving immigrant enclave.

This tour ends with a visit to Kehila Kedosha Janina, the only Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemishpere. Founded by Greek-speaking Jews from Ioannina, Greece, in 1927.

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Bialystoker The Beautiful: Tour & special book presentation and signing
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Bialystoker The Beautiful: Tour & special book presentation and signing

During this 1 hour evening tour, marvel at the colorful & historic former church, believed to be a site on the Underground Railroad.

After the tour, Michael J. Weinstein will present his book Ten Times Chai, which has beautiful photos of 180 Orthodox Synagogues throughout the 5 boroughs of NYC.

 

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Lillian Wald: America’s Great Social and Healthcare Reformer - A book presentation with author Paul Kaplan Followed by a tour of the Sixth Street Community Synagogue
Jun
10
2:00 PM14:00

Lillian Wald: America’s Great Social and Healthcare Reformer - A book presentation with author Paul Kaplan Followed by a tour of the Sixth Street Community Synagogue

Please join us for a presentation of the newly released book Lillian Wald: America’s Great Social and Healthcare Reformer by Paul Kaplan, Conservancy board member. The author will discuss how this relentless advocate for the welfare of children, called “one of the least-known yet most important people” by President Franklin Roosevelt, became responsible for many of the social and health-related programs we take for granted today

Following the presentation, we will have the opportunity to tour the sanctuary of the Sixth Street Community Synagogue, a thriving, engaged and welcoming Modern Orthodox Jewish community in the heart of the East Village and originally St. Marks Lutheran Church, spiritual home of the German congregation that lost 1,000 parishioners in the General Slocum disaster.

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Giants Of The Lower East Side: A Passover Week Walking Tour
Apr
4
10:45 AM10:45

Giants Of The Lower East Side: A Passover Week Walking Tour

On this LES trek, co-sponsored by The Museum at Eldridge Street, learn about a famous Yiddish Socialist, a tenacious 26 year old nurse, a famous Rabbi, and a former bank building undergoing a major renovation. See the buildings where they lived, worked, and prayed.

Start with a kosher for Passover snack at the magnificent Eldridge Street Synagogue and end at the colorful Bialystoker Synagogue.

 

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Heroines of the Lower East Side: A Special Mother's Day Historic Walking Tour
May
11
10:45 AM10:45

Heroines of the Lower East Side: A Special Mother's Day Historic Walking Tour

This two hour walking tour celebrates the lives of women: ordinary, unsung heroines who battled to raise their families and make a life in the New World, as well as nine inspiring women who played leading social, political and artistic roles on the Lower East Side in the early 20th century.

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