Cradle to the Grave: Building Tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue

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Taught by The Museum at Eldridge Street

The Museum at Eldridge Street is located in the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a magnificent National Historic Landmark. Opened in 1887, the synagogue is the first great house of worship built in America by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Following a loving and meticulous restoration, the Museum now serves as a vibrant cultural and educational center in its Lower East Side neighborhood, welcoming people of all faiths and cultural backgrounds for exhibits, tours, walking tours, concerts, lectures, classes festivals, school programs and more.

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No tour on May 18th! 

Tour the Museum at Eldridge Street and celebrate the Jewish lifecycle – 1887 style! 

Stand under a huppah (wedding canopy) in our starry main sanctuary and learn about the dramatic story behind a pickle mogul’s wedding. Try your hand at reading a century-old bar mitzvah speech and learn about the first girl in the United States to have a bat mitvah ceremony. We will use artifacts and oral histories from our collection to shed light on the milestones, both celebratory and solemn, that took place at the Eldridge Street Synagogue and on the Lower East Side.


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