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NOTE: Due to work in the area our phone lines are experiencing problems. If you can not reach us on our normal lines please call (212) 233-6037 x103 for Laurie Tobias Cohen, Executive Director, or x123 for Lori Weissman, Director of Touring. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Walking Tour
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Lower East Side: Then and Now Walking Tour

Enjoy seeing sacred sites where immigrants worshiped – from the spectacular to the simple. You'll also learn how Jewish traditions are being carried on at these sites today.Register and More Information

An annual, month-long celebration of the cultural vitality of the Lower East Side, past and present.
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News and Highlights

March, 2015

Lower East Side candy king holds firm against changing neighborhood. Our own Laurie Tobias Cohen, Executive Director of the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy is quoted in this sweet article!

September, 2014

Remembering That Morning, Up Close. 'Time stopped moving,' recalls Heshy Jacob, a volunteer at Ground Zero.

September, 2014

The LESJC is proud to feature this stop on our many walking tours - read the article on the Tablet online.

The Bialy—the Bagel's Long-Neglected Cousin—Tries for a Comeback At Kossar's on the Lower East Side, new owners hope that combining a new look with old recipes will save bialys from extinction .

August, 2014

In 2013 The Conservancy was proud to host The Ruins Of The Borscht Belt, a photographic exhibit by Marisa Scheinfeld at our Kling & Niman Family Visitor Center. We are happy to share the news that this very popular show will be expanded and shown at the Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History. It is entitled "Echoes of the Borscht Belt: Contemporary Photographs by Marisa Scheinfeld." The exhibition opened to the public on Sunday, August 3 and will be on view until Sunday, April 12, 2015. This exhibition features 23 large-scale images complimented by a selection of original artifacts and ephemera from some of the Borscht Belt's most beloved hotels and resorts.

May, 2014

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy is a part of LES History Month. Read about it in the Lo-Down.

February, 2014

Our very own Laurie Tobias Cohen is quoted in the online blog Off the Grid, Will 'One of the Most Important Buildings in the East Village' Become a Landmark?

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Now Offering Private Customized Tours That Take Groups Beyond The Lower East Side.

Whether your group numbers 8 or 80, the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy makes Jewish history come alive like no one else can.

As an affiliate of the United Jewish Council, our relationships – along with our knowledgeable guides – serve to bring group members a unique, insider's view of Jewish sacred sites and other historic places in New York City. And while the Lower East Side will always be the focal point of NYC's Jewish history, we'll show you why it's just the beginning of the story.

We will tailor a tour to meet your group's specific desires - and give everyone a deeper understanding of the Jewish immigration experience.


"AJC NY was pleased to partner with The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy for our 21st Diplomatic Tour of Jewish New York. The tour provided over 100 lay leaders and diplomats—from over 30 countries—an illuminating and enjoyable peek into the history, culture and modern day vibrancy of one corner of the LES. The Conservancy was a pleasure to work with and its guides where knowledgeable of the area and provided fascinating glimpse of Jewish New York's history and contemporary life." ~ Michael Schmidt, Director AJC NY

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy is an educational and cultural organization representing many Lower East Side synagogues, schools, and cultural institutions. The Conservancy was created with two initial goals: to support, enhance and activate the Lower East Side’s community of living synagogues and other historic structures, and to raise public awareness of the Lower East Side’s distinct cultural identity. Join us for customized private tours and innovative public walking tours of the Jewish Lower East Side. The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy arranges quality customized private tours for schools and other educational organizations, synagogue and church groups, and corporate and family groups. More about the LESJC

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