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The Village: Sites, Stories & Synagogues

The Rich Jewish History of Greenwich Village and NYC

  • 2 hr 30 min
  • 150 US dollars
  • Founders Hall, 120 E 12th St, New York, NY

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As one of the most iconic neighborhoods in NYC, it is no surprise Greenwich Village is also one of its most historic and politically charged. From NYU and Washington Square Park, to its legendary music venues, to the famous people who lived there, to its cultural impact, the Village is as popular today as when Dylan, Springsteen, Hendrix, Ginsberg and others roamed the streets looking for gigs. But did you know the Jewish History of Greenwich Village goes back well over 200 years? Congregation Darech Amuno, now housed in a 150 year old converted townhouse, has existed in the Village since 1838. One of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the country is hidden in plain sight on West 11th Street. One of the first homes of Temple Emanu-El was in a converted Baptist Church on East 12th Street from 1854-1868. Add this and other sites to the great list of Jewish musicians, artists and activists who lived in the Village and you have many interesting things to appreciate. Join urban historian, licensed tour guide and native New Yorker Bradley Shaw as he visits these sites and tells about the rich Jewish history of Greenwich Village and New York City.

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