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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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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