The Bialystoker Synagogue, Lower East Side
On this new encompassing tour offered by Untapped Cities in partnership with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, guests will visit the stunning Bialystoker Synagogue, normally off-limits to the public and only accessible via our organizations. The landmarked synagogue was built in 1826, originally as the Willett Street Methodist Episcopal Church. Today, it stands as an example of architectural reuse in New York City from church to place of worship for the Jewish community. It is one of only four early-19th century fieldstone religious buildings surviving from the late Federal period in Lower Manhattan. In addition to its architecture, the building has its fair share of secrets, which will be shared on this tour.
- Tour the Bialystoker Synagogue, our jewel in the crown, covered in murals and Tiffany inspired glass, believed to be a site on the Underground Railroad
- Hear a presentation of Lower East Side history as well as the congregation
What to bring: Appropriate dress is expected. Women may wear slacks; men are requested to wear skull caps or another head covering (each synagogue provides them, or bring your own).
What to know: A portion of your fee is donated to each synagogue that the group visits, but participants are invited to make individual donations at each synagogue during your visit. The synagogues are 19th and early 20th century buildings and there will be stairs to climb. Photography is permitted.