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The “Jews Burying Ground” and Historic Chatham Square Walking Tour

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In 1654, 23 Sephardic Jews escaping the Inquisition in Recife, Brazil, landed in Dutch New Amsterdam and asked Peter Stuyvesant to let them settle there. He initially refused, but was 'persuaded' by his investors at the Dutch West India Company to comply. As more Jews arrived, they founded Congregation Shearith Israel in 1655, the first Jewish Congregation in The United States. Join historian Bradley Shaw as he expands on the history of Lower Manhattan and this fabled religious organization on a historic walk to the Jews Burying Ground, the oldest Jewish Cemetery in the United States. Learn about little known history of the block where the cemetery is located, the people buried within, and the area around Chatham Square. As it is a private ancient religious site and not open to the public, the group will not enter the cemetery during this tour.

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About Museum at Eldridge Street

12 Eldridge St.

Lower East Side, NY


  • 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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