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The Jewish Harlem Walking Tour

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

Join Barry Judelman as he leads you on a walk by the former sites of Jewish religious life in the remarkable urban settlement of Harlem, which from 1870 -1930, was the third-largest Jewish community in the world, after New York’s Lower East Side and Warsaw, Poland.

View important landmarks and talk about legendary people of this often forgotten segment of Jewish history, starting with its origins as a community for the very rich, and covering its glory days as a major center of Jewish life in New York.

Learn about Harlem’s legendary Jewish institutions – many of which transformed the Judaism of today’s world, and discuss sites such as Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein’s trendsetting Institutional Synagogue, (affectionately known as the “shul with the pool”) and the magnificent Temple Israel by noted Jewish architect, Arnold Brunner. Discuss the “Commandment Keepers” – (Harlem’s Ethiopian Hebrew Synagogue,) Ohab Zedek, the synagogue of the world-famous cantor Yossele Rosenblatt – (considered the uncrowned king of cantorial music,) and Ansche Chesed, one of the oldest congregations in the United States.

Other topics included will be Mount Morris Park, the elegant square, designed by world-renowned designers Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, where numerous noted residents lived, including songwriter Richard Rodgers, actress Gertrude Berg (noted for her radio role as Molly Goldberg”), and Lena Himmelstein Bryant -the founder of the successful clothing enterprise “Lane Bryant”.

There is a significant amount of walking on this tour and WE TOUR RAIN OR SHINE! 

In order to enable you to hear the guide, we will be using an app for smartphones. Bring earphones for your cell.

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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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