Public Tours and Events
Calendar of Events
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of only 2 tenement style synagogues remaining on the Lower East Side today, wedged into a tiny narrow lot— twenty feet wide and roughly 100 feet long. On the sanctuary walls are a series of 12 murals of the zodiac signs that date back to the 1930s.
Trace the origins of Jewish life in what was 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.
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.
A Taste of the Lower East Side - A celebration brunch celebrating our first 18 years.
Join the LESJC for a stimulating stroll featuring delicacies based on original European recipes. Nosh on a fresh baked bialy, a pickle right out of the barrel, and potatonik. We will tour historic Jewish sites on and off the beaten path
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.
Join us for a photography viewing of "The Ruins of the Borscht Belt" and an intimate conversation with the artist. Marissa Scheinfeld