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Tour the Historic Henry Street Settlement House and the Abrons Art Center

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

At the turn of the 20th century, our neighbors had few protections or safety nets. Seeking to serve the most vulnerable, Henry Street Settlement was established in 1893 to provide affordable health care and a wide range of social services to the Lower East Side’s majority immigrant and migrant community. It was—and remains—a place where New Yorkers could turn for help.

Henry Street has been opening the doors of opportunity for Lower East Siders and other New Yorkers for almost 130 years. Our visit will include an introduction to Henry Street Settlement’s history as a visiting nurse service that pioneered public health nursing, and a deep dive into the world of Lillian Wald and her numerous social reform accomplishments, including creating New York City’s school lunch program and Seward Park (the first municipally-built playground in the United States) and helping to found the NAACP.

During this private tour, you will get to experience three things: the historic former home of its founder Lillian Wald at 265 Henry Street, (now its present-day headquarters,) the House on Henry Street’s history exhibition, and the Abrons Arts Center, the location of the Settlement’s arts programs since 1915. PENDING AVAILABILITY, we will end our tour at the Neighborhood Playhouse, a modest three-story red brick structure designated a national landmark that originally showed both silent films and live performances.

Our guide for this tour is Barbara Kancelbaum, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Henry Street Settlement. She has been with them since 2018 and her team is responsible for branding, publications, media relations, and digital communication – as well as preserving Henry Street’s rich history, which we want to share with you on this tour.

Previously, Barbara worked as a consultant with multiple nonprofits, several universities, and foundations, as a writer, editor, and strategic communications consultant in the areas of health care, social justice, and law. A former communications director of Doctors Without Borders, Barbara has also taught workshops on writing and grammar for nonprofits. She holds a B.A. in history from Northwestern and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.


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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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