Williamsburg, is the land of Chasidic Jews, and the most important neighborhood of the Satmar community, as well as a number of other Chasidic groups. This tour focuses on Chasidic life, and also touches on the Hipster world.
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!”
Stroll down the historic street of the famed “Yiddish Rialto,” and explore the connections between what is now the East Village and the Lower East Side, with Urban Historian, Elissa Sampson.
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.
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.