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Sun, Nov 19

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Tour begins at Museum at Eldridge Street

Synagogues of the Lower East Side

About one hundred years ago, it seemed like every street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan had at least one synagogue. Join me for a two hour walk through the heart of the Lower East Side to visit these old places of worship.

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Synagogues of the Lower East Side
Synagogues of the Lower East Side

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Nov 19, 2023, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Tour begins at Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002, USA

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At the beginning of the last century, there were more than 500 synagogues throughout the streets of the Lower East Side. It was likely to encounter a synagogue or Jewish immigrant society on nearly every block. Very few still exist in their original form; most are distant memories or have been altered to serve completely different functions – as residences, churches, event spaces and empty lots.

Join licensed NYC tour guide and historian Bradley Shaw as he explores the evolution of the Lower East Side through the fate of its synagogues. You’ll learn about the ones still in existence; t, the ones that were lost, and the ones transformed to fit the needs of a changing neighborhood.  Also discussed will be popular food spots (past and present) and other points of interests including a Lower East Side connection to a former President.

About 2 hours with 1.5 miles of walking

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