Private Lecture & Tour @ Bialystoker Synagogue, Lower East Side Hidden Gem
Thu Oct 14 2021 at 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm
Bialystoker Synagogue | New York, NY
About this Event
What's one of New York's largest active Jewish Orthodox congregations doing inside a former church, which was voted one of America’s 10 most beautiful, inspiring, and unique synagogues by the National Trust for Historic Preservation? Now's your chance to step inside this nearly 200-year-old building to see one of the most ornate houses of worship in all of New York.
Join New York Adventure Club for a private lecture and exploration of the Bialystoker Synagogue — opened in 1905 by the Bialystoker congregation, this landmarked synagogue in the Lower East Side was transformed during the Great Depression to house one of NYC's finest sanctuaries, as a way to provide a sense of hope and inspiration to the community.
Led by a guide from the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, our unique experience through this breathtaking orthodox synagogue — which is not normally open to the public — will include:
- An overview of 19th-century New York, and the struggles faced by the first congregation of Polish immigrants in the Lower East Side
- The history of the building, which was originally built using Manhattan schist in 1826 for the Willett Street Methodist Episcopal Church
- A discussion around the stunning art and architectural pieces around the synagogue, including numerous hand-painted murals, original stained glass windows, and the stunning bima and ark — both believed to have been hand-carved in Italy
- A multi-floor exploration of the landmarked synagogue to see its most historic elements, from the breathtaking main sanctuary, to a memorial dedicated to a famous American gangster, to evidence that the building was a stop on the Underground Railroad
Click here to see pictures from one of our last trips to Bialystoker Synagogue.
See you there!
*A portion of the proceeds of this tour are returned to the synagogue
**Please dress respectfully out of respect for the congregation. Women — skirts above the knees and halter tops are not allowed | Men — head coverings are required (kippahs will be provided at the door, but you may also wear a baseball cap).
***Due to COVID-19, wearing a mask is required for this indoor lecture and tour unless fully vaccinated (proof is required upon entrance)
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Categories: In-Person, Houses of Worship
Where is it happening?Bialystoker Synagogue, 7 Willett Street, New York, United States