Museum at Eldridge Street and LESPI Present:

A Virtual Tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue & the

Historic Lower East Side

Eldridge Street Synagogue facade.

Main Sanctuary.


Thursday, February 29, 6:30pm ET

This is a virtual event, see below for registration information.

Tour the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue and its historic Lower East Side neighborhood with Museum at Eldridge Street manager of education, Scott Brevda.

Join LESPI and the Museum at Eldridge Street on Zoom on Thursday, February 29th at 6:30pm ET to learn about the Eldridge Street Synagogue, from its stunning Moorish Revival architecture and its time as a cultural hotspot on the bustling Jewish Lower East Side, to its decades of decay, to its miraculous rebirth as a twenty-first-century Museum in present-day Chinatown. Discover hidden elements such as indentations in the woodwork from nervous hands and unique features meant to cater to the original congregants.

After we explore the Museum’s magnificent building, we will venture out (virtually, of course) into the Lower East Side and explore the signs of the past hidden within the modern streets. See how historic neighborhood landmarks have been transformed, repurposed, or restored. Virtual tour stops will feature the Jarmulowsky Bank, the Loew's Canal Street Theatre, and The Forward building.

About the Museum at Eldridge Street

The Museum at Eldridge Street is housed in the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue. Built in 1887, it is an architectural marvel and a symbol of immigrant aspirations realized. The building is the first grand synagogue purpose-built by Eastern European Jewish immigrants in the United States, and was nearly lost to neglect before the Museum’s 20-year, $20 million restoration project returned the space to glory and public use.

Visitors are welcome to tour the National Historic Landmark and learn about its time as a cultural hotspot in the bustling Jewish Lower East Side, to its decades of decay, to its miraculous rebirth as a 21st-century Museum in present day Chinatown.

Exhibits, tours, public programs, and education tell the story of Jewish immigrant life, explore architecture and historic preservation, inspire reflection on cultural continuity, and foster collaboration and exchange between people of all faiths, heritages, and interests. Museum Hours: Sunday - Friday: 10AM - 5PM; CLOSED: Saturday.

Scott Brevda is the Senior Manager for Education and Accessibility at the Museum at Eldridge Street. As a historian, museum educator, and lifelong New Yorker, he loves to bring the history of his native city to life. In his current position, Scott plans and leads the Museum's Cultural After-School Adventure program with local public school students, and creates new educational content and programming. He was formerly a Senior Educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and holds a B.A. and M.A. in History from Fordham University.


Lower East Side Preservation Initiative — LESPI — is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2007, dedicated to the preservation of the historic buildings and streetscapes of the traditional Lower East Side, which includes the East Village, LES below Houston Street, Chinatown, Little Italy and the Bowery.

Zoom registration is required; register HERE.

The program is free, donations to help cover costs are welcome.

Contact with any questions. Thank you.

Forward Building, East Broadway.

Jarmulowsky Bank Building, now Nine Orchard hotel, Orchard Street.

Image Credits:

Eldridge Street Synagogue facade, Courtesy of the Museum at Eldridge Street.

Main Sanctuary, Courtesy of the Museum at Eldridge Street. Scott Brevda (2022).

The Forward Building, Courtesy of the Museum at Eldridge Street, Erin Flynn (2023).

Jarmulowsky Bank Building / Nine Orchard hotel, Richard Moses, Lower East Side Preservation Initiative.

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