About this event
Spend some time with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy and see where immigrants went to shul, and how a new generation is carrying on these traditions.
We will start our walking tour at the Bialystoker Synagogue a magnificently renovated former Methodist church believed to be a stop on the Underground Railroad. It is a rare treasure, and one of the few synagogues surviving worldwide that has hand-painted mazoles – signs of the zodiac – historically seen in Ashkenazic synagogues throughout the world. It is now the largest active congregation on the Lower East Side. Learn why there is a lobster painted on the ceiling.
Visit 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 and discussed include The Educational Alliance, Henry Street Settlement, The Forward Building, Seward Park, Straus Square, and more. Your guide has spent his entire life on the Lower East Side and will give you an insider’s perspective.
A portion of the proceeds of this tour is returned to the site.
In order to enable you to hear the guide while practicing social distancing, we will be using an app for smartphones. Bring earphones to your cell.
Proper mask-wearing is mandatory, with a strict policy – no mask, no tour!
We ask that all attendees please wash their hands or sanitize before the tour begins.
If you are not feeling well, DO NOT ATTEND. If you have been exposed to anyone with symptoms of the virus DO NOT ATTEND. Call our office and arrangements will be made to either have your money refunded, or you will be issued a credit with no expiration date.
We will monitor the situation and guidelines, and reserve the right to either cancel this tour, increase, or decrease the number of registrants accordingly.
The price of this tour is $28 for Adults, $26 for Seniors, and $25 for students, and tickets are an additional $3 PP if purchased the day of the tour,-pending availability.
Sun, November 14, 2021
10:45 AM – 1:45 PM EST
meet in front of the Bialystoker Synagogue
7-11 Willett Street/Bialystoker Place
(Between Grand and Delancey Streets)
New York, NY 10002