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Constructed in 1887, the majestic Eldridge Street Synagogue has been a staple institution in the Lower East Side for 130 years. At Untapped Cities, we’ve learned that any New York City landmark that has been around for over a decade is bound to be filled with plenty of secrets. For example, did you know that the cluster fixtures of the Synagogue’s chandelier are actually upside down? And that no one knows what the original eastern stained glass rose window looked like? In celebration of the Synagogue’s 130th birthday this fall, join us on our after-hours tour of the building on Thursday, October 26th, held in partnership with the Museum at Eldridge Street. Learn about the history of this beloved National Historic Landmark, see its stunning architecture and discover its hidden gems after it’s closed to the public.

Secrets of the Eldridge Street Synagogue After Hours Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Learn about the role of the Synagogue in the Lower East Side and the history of its renovation
  • Learn about the building’s newest element, a contemporary stained glass artwork by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans
  • “Star gaze” in the Synagogue’s historic main sanctuary that features hundreds of hand-painted, stained glass and etched wooden stars
  • View the Synagogue’s new photography exhibit about its restoration, completed 10 years ago. Curator and archivist Nancy Johnson will be giving guests a talk as part of the tour
  • Take part in a beer, wine and nosh reception, featuring knishes from Yonah Schimmels, pickles from the Pickle Guys and baked goods, including rugelach and black and white cookies

DETAILS:
Price: $30
What to wear: Bring comfortable shoes
What to know: The tour is two-hours long

Below are more pictures of the Eldridge Street Synagogue:

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Secrets of the Eldridge Street Synagogue After Hours Tour

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