Family History Today: East Village Lost Synagogues Walking Tour
The East Village Lost Synagogues Walking Tour offers an in-depth look at old shuls and Jewish sites in "Alphabet City." These buildings are less well-known than those in the heart of the Lower East Side, but they are fascinating for their relation to genealogy, architecture, interfaith relations and much more. We will stop by at least one shul that was endangered, but is once again functioning as such. Others have become churches, private homes and a community center.
About the Tour Guide: Ellen Levitt is the "Lost Synagogues Lady," an author and photographer who documents the fates of former synagogues and other Jewish sites throughout New York City, New Jersey and elsewhere in the United States. Her trilogy on The Lost Synagogues of NYC was published by Avotaynu. She has also written about a variety of other topics and works as a teacher and tour guide. She is a lifelong Brooklynite.
Location and Other Details: This tour will begin at First Park, on the corner of 1st Avenue and East 1st Street (just 1 avenue east of the 2nd Avenue F/M subway station). Please plan to arrive at First Park at 12:45 PM to check in. We will not wait more than a few minutes for late arrivals. This tour will take place rain or shine. Please dress modestly and make sure you bring plenty of water, hat/sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Note: Most tour stops are not wheelchair accessible.
Presented by: the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History