We will discuss and visit Jewish settlements before and following the iconic period of immigration on the Lower East Side alternating a 1.5 hour classroom discussion with a two-hour neighborhood tour the following week. We start our exploration learning about the earliest Jewish settlers to America, 17th-century Sephardic Jews from Brazil who settled at the southernmost tip of Lower Manhattan. Next up is the Bronx, a later destination for first and second-generation immigrant Jews. We’ll stroll along the Grand Concourse from Fordham Road to Yankee Stadium, pass the Paradise Theatre, and encounter beautiful art deco architecture including The Fish House. Harlem became a destination for those moving up from the Lower East Side in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We will admire former synagogues, boyhood homes of Jewish celebrities like Richard Rodgers, and eclectic 19th-century architecture.
October 31 from 11 am to 12:30 pm: Classroom discussion, Colonial Sephardic Community
November 7 from 11 am to 1 pm: Walking Tour, Lower Manhattan
November 14: from 11 am to 12:30 pm: Classroom discussion, Bronx
November 21 from 11 am to 1 pm: Walking Tour, Bronx
November 28 from 11 am to 12:30 pm: Classroom Discussion, Harlem
December 5 from 11 am to 1 pm: Walking Tour, Harlem