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‘Jewish Harlem: Synagogues & Stories of a Once Thriving Community’ Webinar

March 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Can’t make it live? Register and get access to the full replay for one week!
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Any visit to Harlem is a journey through Black America’s urban capital — replete with the culturally rich history of creative arts, jazz and gospel music, religious faith, special cuisine and stunning architecture, this storied New York City neighborhood has so much to offer. But did you know that it was once home to a thriving Jewish community that ranked as one of the world’s largest? It’s time to explore Harlem and the remnants and stories of the forgotten Jewish settlement of Upper Manhattan.

Join New York Adventure Club as we uncover the New York neighborhood of Harlem, with a focus on the stories and landmarks belonging to the historic Jewish community that once ranked as the third largest Jewish community in the world after NYC’s Lower East Side and Warsaw, Poland.

Led by Jewish urban historian Barry Judelman, our virtual visit to some of Harlem’s former legendary Jewish landmarks — along with a glimpse at the reemerging Jewish presence in Harlem — will include:

-A brief overview of the Jewish diaspora in Harlem , which peaked between 1870 to 1928 and numbered around175,000 people
-A discussion of historic synagogues and congregations in Harlem , from The first Synagogue — which was established in Harlem by wealthy German Jews in 1870 migrating uptown from the Lower East Side — to The Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, one of the first and oldest communities of Black Hebrews in the U.S.
-A look at homes of just a few of Harlem’s celebrated Jewish personalities including Richard Rodgers, Gertrude Berg (created the role of Molly Goldberg on Radio/TV), Lena Himmelstein (founder of Lane Bryant clothing stores) and Erik Weisz (aka Harry Houdini)
-The story of why Congregations Ohab Zedek, Ansche Chesed, Shaare Zedek and the Institutional Synagogue all relocated to the Upper West Side from Harlem around the same time in the early 20th century
-A virtual stop at new Jewish sites throughout Harlem that cater to a growing Jewish population in the neighborhood

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Barry — any and all questions about Jewish Harlem are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week !
See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week


About Barry

Since creating NYJewishTours in the 1990’s, I have been leading walking tours of Jewish neighborhoods from the Lower East Side to Harlem, the Upper West to the Upper East Sides, and from Brooklyn to the Bronx. My approach is simple: to facilitate a personal and authentic connection between you and the residents of the local community and to share interesting stories of the history and culture of the people and places we experience. As someone who is dedicated to the preservation of the unique character and soul of each of these neighborhoods, I worry about the impact that rapid gentrification is having on the future of our wondrous city. I hope to see you on the trail!


“The information complemented extremely well the information I received on a walking tour of the African American experience in Harlem. Between the two, I feel like I have a good grasp of the history.” -Martha

“This was all news to me! I grew up in NYC as a secular Jew, am now 63, and we didn’t know ANY of this stuff. So interesting! Loved finding out who were neighbors. Now I really want to go on the in-person tour and see all those temples! So interesting how various religious institutions took over each other’s building. Just super interesting. And very well presented, very engaging.” -Amanda

“Fascinating subject. Excellent presenter.” -Myra

“I liked the history of the movement from the lower East side to Harlem” -Ida

“Approachable facts woven into a historical story. Although I knew some of this history and recognized many of the buildings (since I live in Harlem, work at CCNY), I picked up interesting new tidbits.” -Ruth

“New information to me. Interesting to see photos of so many old synagogues.” -Patti
“The presenter was very knowledgeable a

nd interesting. Articulated his ideas wonderfully.” -Paul

“The presenter was excellent!!!” -Carole
“Terrific in every respect — one of the best NY Adventures I’ve ever done. And did I hear correctly that this was his first presentation?? He was great.” -Guest

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