Eldridge Street Synagogue to Host ‘Jewish New York’ Roundtable
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When discussing the Lower East Side, the familiar trope about its “melting pot” nature usually arises. After all, at the very least, it was once a landing strip for generations of immigrants from varying backgrounds. In particular, the Jewish community has shaped not only these treasure troves of Lower Manhattan, but also its culinary traditions. How the neighborhood continues to maintain deep-seeded roots in the culture, while also keeping up with the Joneses of technology and innovation always makes for a lively discussion.
Such discussion will be held at the Eldridge Street Synagogue for a roundtable of local stalwarts to weigh in on.
Panelists include Paul Kaplan, author of the guidebook Jewish New York; Evan Giniger, co-owner of the newly re-opened Kossar’s Bialys; Zalmen Mlotek, Creative Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene; and author/filmmaker Laurie Gwen Shapiro. Together they will discuss people and places that have balanced innovation and tradition in their preservation of Jewish culture.
The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy is co-sponsoring the event, and a reception with wine donated by Kedem Winery and bialys and babka donated from Kossar’s Bialys will be enjoyed afterwards. It’s free, and taking place on Sunday, February 21 at 2pm, at the Museum at Eldridge Street. More info can be found here.