NEXT MEETING: September 20, 2015 - 2 PM
Topic: Stanton Street Shul Tour
LOCATION: 180 Stanton Street, NY, NY (Between Attorney Street and Clinton Street)
Speaker: Speaker/Tour Guide: Elissa Sampson, PhD
Come tour the Stanton Street Shul, the last of the Lower East Side's East European tenement synagogues. Learn about the neighborhood that was once the world's largest Jewish city and its historic and current Jewish immigrants and residents, in a building that reflects layers of time. The Shul was put together from two existing structures to create a new Brezaner (Brzezhany, Ukraine) synagogue in 1913. After World War II, other Galitzianer towns--Riminov (Rymanow, Poland) and Blujhzev (Błażowa, Poland)--joined the Brezaner congregation. The Stanton Street Shul building has a East European religious folk art component:
rare older mazoles that represent the Jewish zodiac are on the walls of its upstairs sanctuary.
While the building is badly in need of restoration, it has a new rabbi and a lively young growing congregation that is representative of the neighborhood's more recent and diverse arrivals. Hence, the Shul is a place where the new meets the old in a constant conversation on how historic buildings serve as Jewish resources for the future. Check out the Shul's FB page
We will also discuss two nearby Lower East Side buildings that were originally designed as synagogues: the original German Jewish Ansche Chesed and Rodef Shalom. Today these buildings are the Orensanz Center and the Chasam Sofer synagogue, respectively.
The speaker/tour guide will be Dr. Elissa Sampson, an urban geographer, whose interests cover how the past is actively used to create new geographies of migration, memory and heritage. Her research interests include Lower East Side migration; American Jewish culture; Triangle Fire commemoration, historical preservation; and the practice of genealogy. She has lived most of her life in New York’s Lower East Side and has spent over twenty years as a part-time tour guide showing the historic neighborhood and its living communities to both visitors and residents.
NOTE: Location at the Stanton Street Shul - 180 Stanton Street- Nearest Subway stop- Delancey/Essex Street on the F, J and M Line.