Take to Lower Manhattan on foot to learn how Jews from around the world converged in New York and forged a uniquely American Judaism. The first Jewish immigrants who arrived in New Amsterdam in 1654 were part of a mercantile community that stretched across the Atlantic. We will begin in Battery Park and consider what these maritime links can tell us about freedom and slavery; religion and commerce; poetry and politics. As we make our way through Lower Manhattan, we’ll trace the Jewish experience in Colonial and post-Revolutionary New York, viewing familiar landmarks such as Castle Clinton, Bowling Green, Federal Hall, and the Stock Exchange through a Jewish lens. Along the way, our expert guide, Lucie Levine, will introduce us to a cast of characters that includes politicians, artisans, and female entrepreneurs.

Lucie Levine is founder of the historical tour and event company Archive on Parade and has offered tours and lectures on New York City history in collaboration with The New School, The AIA and the New York Public Library. She is the Preservation Advocacy and Community Outreach Manager at the Historic Districts Council, and a Public Space Programming Partner for the New York City Department of Transportation. She has published widely on New York City history at outlets including The Gotham Center for New York City History Blog, Jstor Daily, and 6sqft, where she was the Contributing History Writer.

Space is limited to 30 attendees. Tickets are $25. Members receive $5 off this public program.

The Museum is free with event attendance on Sundays until 5:00 PM with Jewish and Russian fare on offer from LOX Cafe. Currently on view: The Holocaust: What Hate Can DoSurvivors: Faces of Life After the Holocaust, and Andy Goldsworthy’s Garden of Stones.