LESJC 6th Jewish Heritage Festival

Launch of New Exhibition: Streetscapes of the Lower East Side with artist Leah Raab
This activity-packed day of exploring and learning about the Jewish history of Manhattan's Lower East Side includes three walking tours of the neighborhood, a vintage goods benefit sale, and presentations by renowned guest speakers.

Leah Raab
2 PM - Meet the Artist - Reception for Leah Raab.  
Leah will discuss her work, and her special connection to the LES. A professional fine artist, Leah holds an MFA from the NY Studio School, and a BFA with highest honors from the acclaimed Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem, Israel. She has had numerous solo and collaborative exhibitions and has taught art on 2 continents for over 35 years. 

Wine and refreshments will be served. This exhibition will be on view at the Visitor Center through May.

10:45 AM - Crossing Delancey Walking Tour
Events kick off at the LESJC Kling & Niman Family Visitor Center (400 Grand Street) with the 90 minute Crossing Delancey Walking Tour,  featuring views and discussions of Cong. Chasam Sopher (original site of Rodeph Shalom,  1853); the
Orensanz Foundation (Cong. Anshe Chesed, 1850); inside tour of Cong. B'nei Jacob Anshei Brzezan, (1913) a.k.a. the Stanton Street Shul, one of only two remaining tenement style synagogues in active use at this time.

11:00 AM - 12:30PM - Bialystoker the Beautiful Tour  
Visit the resplendent Bialystoker Synagogue, (1826, orig. the Willett St. Methodist Church), Shteibl Row & Cong. Beth Hachasidim  De Polen, a 19th century shteibl.   View Cong. Beth HaMedresh Hagagol, (1850, founding home of Riverside Church), the former pulpit of internationally renowned rabbis and oldest Russian synagogue in the US. 

3:00 PM - The "Bialystoker the Beautiful" tour is presented a second time. 

Tickets for tours are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Buy your walking tour tickets in advance online. Children under 8 tour for free.

Book tour tickets here.

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