Bialystoker the Beautiful, Shteibl Row and Historic East Broadway



Tour the magnificent Bialystoker Synagogue, built in 1826 as a Methodist Church, and believed to be a stop on the Underground Railroad, and a shteibl (one room house of prayer.)

Walk historic East Broadway.

On this tour, you will visit a range of sites, from the spectacularly colorful Bialystoker Synagogue to a simple shteibl, Beth Hachasidim De Polen, See where immigrants went to shul, and how a new generation is carrying on these traditions.

  • Visit Bialystoker Synagogue, the magnificently renovated former Methodist church believed to be a stop on the Underground Railroad, and is now the largest active congregation on the Lower East Side.
  • Tour a Shteibl (one room house of prayer).
  • Discuss Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – once home to the first and largest Russian Jewish Orthodox congregation in the United States, as well as the only Chief Rabbi of America.
  • Walk the streets of Historic East Broadway. Sites to be viewed include: The Educational Alliance, Henry Street Settlement, The Forward Building, Seward Park, Straus Square and more.
Lori Weissman