Bialystoker the Beautiful, Shteibl Row and Historic East Broadway

On this tour, visit a range of sites, from the spectacularly colorful Bialystoker Synagogue to a simple shteibl – Beth Hachasidim Depolen.

About this Event

Looking for something to do on December 25? 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 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 insiders perspective.

A portion of the proceeds of this tour are returned to the site.

Included in the price of the ticket will be the use of wireless microphones.

Tickets are an additional $3 PP if purchased the day of the tour, pending availability.

Fri, December 25, 2020

10:45 AM – 1:45 PM EST

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meet in front of the Bialystoker Synagogue

7-11 Willett Street/Bialystoker Place

(Between Grand and Delancey Streets)

New York, NY 10002

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