The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy Presents Off The Beaten Path – An intimate evening experience at The Stanton Street Shul- A Special 1 hour Tour, on Tuesday, June 4 2019 at 7:00 PM.
Located in a very multicultural part of the Lower East Side, Congregation Bnai Jacob Anshe Brzezan (“Sons of Jacob, People of Brzezan”), was founded in 1893 by a community of Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants from the town of Brzezan in Southeast Galicia, (formerly Austria-Hungary, then Poland, now the Ukraine). This little synagogue, known as The Stanton Street Shul, is a distinctive architectural, cultural and religious landmark of the older Jewish Lower East Side whose congregation and building exemplify both continuity and change.
Remarkably, the congregation is one of the very few still left of the 700 congregations recorded as being on the Lower East Side in 1918. The Shul building, which is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Sites, dates to 1913 and has been in continuous use by its congregation since then. The building is a rare remaining example of the poorer tenement synagogues that once dotted the neighborhood. This stone and brick structure is wedged into a tiny, narrow lot-only twenty feet wide and roughly 100 feet long. A series of 12 wall paintings of the months, with zodiac signs, date back to the 1930s.
The Shul’s motto is: “All are Welcome; All Will Feel Welcome.”
The tour meets at 180 Stanton Street (between Clinton and Attorney Streets)
This tour starts at 7:00PM, and lasts approximately 1 hour. Tickets can be purchased here.
The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving, sharing and celebrating the Jewish heritage of the Lower East Side. The Conservancy aims to raise public awareness of the Lower East Side’s distinct cultural identity through innovative public walking tours and other programs, while supporting the neighborhood’s community of living synagogues and other historic structures. Private customized tours are available by appointment. For more information about the LESJC, please call 212-374-4100 or visit www.nycjewishtours.org or http://www.facebook.com/nycjewishtours.