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Synagogues of the Lower East Side Walking Tour

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One hundred years ago, there were as many as 500 synagogues dotting the streets of the Lower East Side. Only a few, like the museum's landmark building and the Bialystocker Synagogue, still exist in their original form; most are distant memories or have been altered beyond recognition. Some even serve completely different functions as Buddhist temples or private homes. Join historian Bradley Shaw to explore the evolution of the Lower East Side through the fate of its synagogues. You'll learn about the ones still in existence, the ones that were lost, and the ones transformed to fit the needs of a changing neighborhood.

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About Museum at Eldridge Street

12 Eldridge St.

Lower East Side, NY

212-219-0888

  • Standard hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10am-5pm; Friday, 10am-3pm
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • Stroller parking: No
  • Stroller check: No
  • Bring food: No
  • Buy food: No
  • Where is food allowed: Food not allowed at all
  • Changing tables in the women's room(s): Yes
  • Changing tables in the men's room(s): No
  • Family bathroom: No

  • The Museum at Eldridge Street is a cultural institution that tells the stories of Jewish immigrant life, old New York, and architecture and historic preservation through the lens of its home–the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Opened in 1887, the synagogue was the first grand house of worship built in America by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Today, it is a meticulously restored National Historic Landmark and it is one of the few remaining markers of the great wave of Jewish migration to the Lower East Side. More than 40,000 visitors a year join us for a vibrant slate of programming, including building tours, walking tours, concerts, lectures, family programs, and art exhibitions.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Nearest public transportation stop: Grand Street Station - B & D; East Broadway - F Train
  • Play area: No
  • Party room: No

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