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How the Other Half Lives: A Talk About the Jews of the “Gold Coast” of NYC

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

Join us for this new talk on Zoom that will discuss the Jewish movers and shakers of finance, commerce, and retail who lived on the Upper East Side – The “Gold Coast”. During this talk, you will learn who they were, how they made their fortunes, where they lived and more.

We will start the presentation discussing the first Reform Jewish Congregation in NYC, Temple Emanu-El, located on 65 St and 5th Avenue. Now 150 years old, it has many well known and wealthy congregants. Because of its size and prominence, it has served as a flagship congregation in the Reform branch of Judaism since its founding in 1845. We will wend our way up to the Jewish Museum on 92 St and 5th Ave, the former Warburg Mansion – a fantastic example of how the other half lived.

On our virtual stroll you will hear about families who called this area home, (such as the Guggenheims, Otto Kahn and others,) their lifestyle, their elaborate mansions and apartments, their philanthropic interests and more.

There will be Q&A after the presentation.

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Susan Birnbaum

Susan Mills Birnbaum is the owner and operator of SusanSez NYC Walkabouts. Susan is a native New Yorker obsessed with its history and food, and since 2002 has been a licensed NYC Sightseeing Guide. She is also actively involved with the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) as well as a member of many NYC historical societies, and volunteers as a docent at the Museum of the City of New York.
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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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