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Museum at Eldridge to Offer Women of the LES Walking Tour

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Emma Goldman circa 1911 via Wikipedia

Our friends at the Museum at Eldridge Street are offering an interesting walking tour, “Yiddishe Mamas,” that will focus on historic woman of the Lower East Side, this Sunday at 11am. They write:

Grab a woman you love or admire, and join us for our Yiddishe Mamas Lower East Side walking tour.  We’ll follow in the footsteps of pious women and prostitutes, activists and artists, freethinking feminists and tough-talking balabustas.  Hear about anarchist Emma Goldman; Visiting Nurse Service founder Lillian Wald; mikvah attendant, wigmaker and real-estate investor Gittel Natelson; delicatessen queen Sarah Gellis, and other memorable women.

Tour stops include the women’s gallery and new stained glass window by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans in the historic 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue; the home of the Jewish Daily Forward, the widely-read Yiddish newspaper which carried news of the ladies garment workers union and “A Bintel Brief,” a popular advice column; the Educational Alliance, where immigrant women learned English and countless artists got their start; the oldest continuously-operating mikvah (Jewish ritual bath) in the United States; and Henry Street Settlement, where young mothers took their children to the city’s first off-street playground.

Meet at the Museum at Eldridge Street/Eldridge Street Synagogue // 12 Eldridge Street between Canal and Division Streets // $15 per person // Info & RSVP: 212.219.0888

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