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Shuls of Grandeur on the Lower East Side – 2 Columbus Day walking tours
Of the hundreds of synagogues on the Lower East Side during the turn of the last century, two magnificent examples remain. One is the first great house of worship built by Eastern European Jews, and the other a former church, believed to be a site on the Underground Railroad. We start our tours at Bialystoker Synagogue, the largest active orthodox congregation on the Lower East Side today, covered in murals, showcasing Tiffany inspired glass windows, and end at the magnificently restored Museum at Eldridge Street.
In between, we will walk historic East Broadway discussing The Henry Street Settlement, Lillian Wald, Shteiblach Row, The Educational Alliance, Seward Park, Straus Square, The Seward Park Library and more.
A portion of the proceeds are returned to the sites visited. Tour lasts approximately 3 hours with a fair amount of walking.