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Synagogue Stories: Jewish History of New York
Discover 350-plus years of Jewish life in America and New York City through its storied synagogues in this 8-session DOROT program series presented in partnership with Central Synagogue, SAJ, Congregation Shearith Israel, and the Museum at Eldridge Street.

We start with Shearith Israel, which was established by settlers from Spain and Portugal who came to America in 1654 and is the first Jewish congregation in North America. We will then follow in the footsteps of 19th-century Jewish immigrants virtually visiting synagogues built by Eastern European and German immigrants, including the Eldridge Street Synagogue. From there, we will focus on the diversity of Jewish life and practice in America through virtual tours of SAJ, Hasidic communities in Brooklyn, and recent immigrant congregations that contribute to the vitality of Jewish life and practice today.

Session 1: Wednesday, October 26
American Jewish Origins and Shearith Israel
With Reverend Zachary Edinger, Sexton at Congregation Shearith Israel

Session 2: Wednesday, November 2
German-Speaking Jews, the Reform Movement, and Central Synagogue
With Amy Goldberger and Ronnee Segal, Docent Co-Chairs at Central Synagogue

Session 3: Wednesday, November 9
Eastern European Immigration
With Scott Brevda, Senior Educator at the Museum at Eldridge Street

Session 4: Wednesday, November 16
New Denominations, Synagogue Innovations, and SAJ
With historian David Kaufman

Session 5: Wednesday, November 30
Post-Holocaust Hasidic Communities
With Frieda Vizel Leading a Virtual Tour of Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Session 6: Wednesday, December 7
In Jewish Harmony: Synagogues From Around the World
Music & Architectural Presentation with Music-Talks

Session7 : Wednesday, December 14
Beyond the Synagogue
With Rabbi Mira Rivera of Ammud: Jews of Color Torah Academy
Kristin Eriko Posner, Nourish-Co
Rabbi Yael Hammerman, Ansche Chesed

Session 8: Wednesday, December 21
With historian David Kaufman
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