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A Virtual Exploration of the Culturally Rich Jewish Upper West Side

Hosted By: The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC)

On this NEW Zoom presentation, we will explore the Upper West Side’s cultural and rich Jewish history. This neighborhood is a “powerhouse” of synagogues, schools, educational institutions and socially vibrant organizations. We will also discuss the local architecture which exemplifies Beaux Arts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco. Some of the sites we will visit virtually include: The JCC of Manhattan, Congregations B’nai Jeshurun and Rodeph Sholom, Lincoln Square Synagogue, the Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ) and the Jewish Center, a neo-classical Orthodox shul founded by Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan. This synagogue site was among the first in the U.S. to feature recreational space and a swimming pool! We will discuss how this special community continues to shape the identity of American Jewry to this day.

There will be Q&A after the presentation.

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Barry Judelman

Barry grew up in South Africa and came to the states in the 80’s. He received a Masters degree in American Jewish History at Brandeis University, and is one of 15 different tour guides that provide tours for the Conservancy. We call him our Harlem specialist since he gives a wonderful Jewish Harlem walking tour, which we offer 3-4 times a year as a public tour, and it can also be booked privately. Like a handful of our other guides, Barry runs his own touring company.
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The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC)

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC) is an educational non-profit, created in 1998, to preserve and support the Lower East Side’s community of living synagogues and other historic structures, and to raise public awareness of the neighborhoods distinct cultural identity. As the birthplace of American Jewish civilization, and the most iconic immigrant neighborhood in America, we share this history by taking people on walking tours which enter sacred sites, where you learn how past generations came here, lived and worshiped. Learn more about LESJC here.
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