12 | Apr
10:30AM
12 | Apr
10:30AM

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Soapbox Walks: Arts & Politics

Union Square's soapboxes drew captivating speakers who energized crowds with ideas about America. This series pairs a wonderful roster of scholars to co-lead tours with AJHS ED Annie Polland. This installment of Soapbox Walks features Professor Daniel Soyer on politics and art on Union Square, to the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, the Rand School and Fourteenth Street School of Art.  This tour will depart from the Center for Jewish History.

The Soapbox Walks Series has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor

Ticket Info: $20 general; $15 CJH/partner members, seniors, students at soapboxwalks.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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26 | Apr
10:00AM
26 | Apr
10:00AM

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Walking Tour: The Unexpected Story of Jewish Williamsburg (2.5 hours)

It would be fair to call Williamsburg the Lower East Side’s lesser known sibling. Opening in 1903, the Williamsburg bridge, which connects the Lower East Side to Williamsburg, soon came to be known as “The Jewish Highway.” Jewish immigrants, seeking to escape the crowded tenements of the Lower East Side, resettled in Williamsburg in large numbers. They brought with them all of the character of similar enclaves – Yiddish, kosher butchers, and synagogues – as well as the familiar ambition of upward mobility. However, unlike the Lower East Side, Williamsburg was not soon past its heyday.

After the Holocaust, Hungarian survivors, many of whom were Hasidic, became the next wave of immigrants to make their American starter homes in Williamsburg. But this second wave did not want to move on and Americanize. They stayed in Williamsburg, despite the polluted East River, high crime and crumbling infrastructure, and maintained their traditions. Even as North Williamsburg has been reborn as a trendy hipster enclave in recent decades, the fourth generation of Hasidim continue to thrive in South Williamsburg. Our tour will take us through this story by way of the buildings, streets, and synagogues, with a nosh of the famous Hungarian kosher cooking.

About the Tour Guide: Frieda Vizel is a New York City tour guide who specializes in Jewish Williamsburg. She grew up in the Satmar Hasidic community and her four holocaust survivor grandparents lived in Williamsburg. She has since left the fold, but remains drawn to the area‘s rich legacy.

Location and other details: This tour will begin at Congregation Beth Jacob Ohev Sholom (284 Rodney St.). Please plan to arrive at 9:45 AM 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, wear weather-appropriate clothing/shoes, and bring water. Note: Some tour stops are not wheelchair accessible.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Ticket Info: $30 general; $25 CJH/Partner members, students, seniors at williamsburg.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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26 | Apr
10:30AM
26 | Apr
10:30AM

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Soapbox Walks: History’s Intersection

Union Square is where two major roads intersected and where labor unions gathered energy, and it is also the place where Jewish history and American history intertwined in fascinating and diverse ways.  Come analyze the buildings—Macy’s, Tammany Hall, Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood townhouse—and come hear what Emma Goldman, Emma Lazarus and others had to say about immigration, suffrage and free love. This tour will depart from the Center for Jewish History.

The Soapbox Walks Series has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor

Ticket Info: $20 general; $15 CJH/partner members, seniors, students at soapboxwalks.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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