Visit sacred sites that reveal the Lower East Side of the early 20th century and how it has evolved to reflect today's changing culture north of Delancey Street.
The first stop will be Congregation B'nei Jacob Anshe Brzezan (also known as the Stanton Street Shul) – listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Sites, dating back to 1913 and in continuous use by its congregation since then. The building is a rare remaining example of the poorer tenement synagogues that once dotted the neighborhood. This stone and brick structure is wedged into a tiny, narrow lot—only twenty feet wide and roughly 100 feet long. On it's walls is a series of 12 paintings of the months, with zodiac signs, that date back to the 1930s. Learn about the renaissance taking place in this warm, old-world space.
Next we will marvel at the Angel Orensanz Cultural Foundation (formerly Congregation Anshe Chesed), the oldest synagogue building in New York City, and one of Manhattan's most popular event spaces. (We will view the interior if it is available at the time of the tour.)
The last synagogue stop will be the remarkably restored Congregation Chasam Sopher, the oldest continually operating synagogue in New York City.
Walk through the Essex Street Market, created by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, and hear about it’s future home in the new Essex Crossing.
Tickets purchased the day of the tour are an additional $2
We tour rain or shine