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Tour the Historic Bialystoker Synagogue Tonight

Posted July 13, 2017 at 5:08 am

Tonight, the historic Bialystoker Synagogue is once again hosting a special tour of its house of worship. Originally built in 1826 as a Methodist Church, the synagogue is also believed to have been one of the stops on the Underground Railroad. Hosted by the non-profit Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, “Bialystoker The Beautiful” will illuminate area history and other such […]

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Henry Street Settlement Responds to Linda Sarsour Controversy with Bialystoker Synagogue

Posted May 17, 2017 at 5:17 am

When the Henry Street Settlement invited Palestinean-American activist Linda Sarsour to participate in a panel discussion last night, the nearby Bialystoker Synagogue was not pleased. The schul – considered the largest Orthodox congregation on the Lower East Side, took issue with providing a platform to an active supporter of BDS against Israel, and sent a sharply-worded […]

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Lower East Side Rabbi Opposes Henry Street Settlement’s Invitation to BDS Activist Linda Sarsour

Posted May 15, 2017 at 5:05 am

A rift is forming in the Jewish enclave of Grand Street, pitting both sides of the socio-political spectrum against another. Two Lower East Side stalwarts (and neighbors). And it’s much ado over an invitation extended to Palestinian-American activist, and BDS supporter, Linda Sarsour. The Henry Street Settlement invited the anti-Israel activist to participate in a […]

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Where Gangsters Prayed: Stepping Inside the Bialystoker Synagogue on the LES [PHOTOS]

Posted March 25, 2016 at 9:16 am

One small town in present day Poland spawned the bialy, the namesake behind “Bialystok and Bloom,” and an historic synagogue for its descendants here on the Lower East Side. More than a century in prayer, the Bialystoker congregation on Willet Street (i.e. Bialystoker Place) – a city certified landmark – survives as a living testament […]

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