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The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

JOIN US AS WE EXPLORE AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS IMMIGRANT NEIGHBORHOOD
WITH WALKING TOURS OF THE HISTORIC JEWISH LOWER EAST SIDE.

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to the historic preservation of the Lower East Side’s sacred sites. The Conservancy has formed relationships with the leaders of all of these sacred sites. It is these professional relationships that open doors for our visitors. They can experience the spectacular sacred sites of the Lower East Side from the inside out! A portion of the proceeds of each tour is returned to the sacred sites visited on that tour, contributing to their restoration and conservation.

The Conservancy takes great pride in being a full service organization.  What that means for our visitors is that we take the time on the phone before a tour is booked to make your experience on the Lower East Side as enjoyable and memorable as possible.

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On your request, we will recommend restaurants, hotel accommodations, shopping venues, and transportation routes. We also provide the GO EAST GUIDE, a shopping and dining discount guide provided by our friends at The Lower East Side Business Improvement District, (which received the Neighborhood Achievement Award from the Honorable Mayor Bloomberg).

From its inception in 1998, the Conservancy has worked collaboratively with a broad spectrum of the Lower East Side’s cultural, social, historic, religious, architectural, programmatic, and business resources. The Conservancy’s local partners include the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Lower East Side Business Improvement District, The Educational Alliance, Henry Street Settlement, The Museum at Eldridge Street, the Angel Orensanz Cultural Foundation and Center for the Arts, 6th Street Community Center, and virtually all of the historic synagogues on the Lower East Side from East 14th Street. These collaborations have provided value-added for our visitors and partners.  

But the Conservancy’s collaborations extend beyond the boundaries of the Lower East Side. They include the Center for Jewish History on 16th Street; the New York Landmarks Conservancy; 1199 Bread and Roses Gallery; Museum of Jewish Heritage; Anti-Defamation League; UJA-Federation of New York; Community Synagogue, and many other renowned organizations.

Mission Statement

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy is dedicated to preserving, sharing and celebrating the Jewish heritage of the Lower East Side.

In existence since 1998, the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC) is a non-profit organization [501 (c) 3], and an affiliate of the United Jewish Council of the East Side, Inc. (UJC). The Conservancy’s primary goal is to preserve the synagogues of the Lower East Side, America’s most famous immigrant neighborhood, and the cradle of Jewish American civilization.

Many of the LESJC's partners and collaborators

Through our efforts, many have been designated as historic landmarks, and have been listed on New York State and National Registers. In 2000, the Conservancy assisted in designating a 32 – block area as a historic district.  Having preserved many sacred sites, the Conservancy’s mission is to share this heritage. We accomplish this by designing touring programs, both private and public, which showcase the Lower East Side’s landmarks, history and people. One of the Conservancy’s objectives is to enlighten and inspire visitors of all ages and faiths.

History of the LESJC

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy was established in late 1998. The Conservancy operates under the aegis of the United Jewish Council of the East Side, Inc. (UJC), a long-established and well-respected community social-service organization representing nearly 50 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, both as a historic and present-day Jewish community. The Conservancy’s initial target area spanned from Houston to Henry Streets, and Forsyth St. to the East River. These boundaries have been expanded north to East 14th Street – the northern end of the “historic” Lower East Side.

Who We Have Hosted

We have hosted visitors from around the world and a diversity of groups who have toured the Lower East Side. For more than a decade, participants on our tours have included families, synagogues, schools, colleges, women’s groups, Jewish community centers, Christian educational organizations, and many others.

Nationally, the LESJC has hosted groups from Texas, Florida, California, Maine, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, and other states. Internationally, groups from Israel, Canada, New Zealand, England, Brazil, Germany, Australia, Switzerland and other countries have come on our tours. 

A partial listing is in the sidebar, and you can read the testimonials of past patrons.

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Groups We've Hosted

92nd Street Y
American Folk Art Museum
American Jewish World Service
American University
Anti-Defamation League
Boro Park YM-YWHA
Cape Cod Synagogue
Chabad of Brazil
Columbia University ALP Program
Congregation Beth El, Massapequa, NY
Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Indianapolis, IN
Congregation B’nai Jeshrun, Short Hills, NJ
Congregation Gates of Heaven, Schenectady, NY
Faigin Family, Australia
Great Neck Adult Program
Hadassah Long Beach Chapter
Hillel
Hunter College School of Nursing
Jewish International Connections NYC
Jewish Lawyer’s Guild
Jewish Women International
Karen Goldberg 60th Birthday tour, Newtown, CT
Manhattan High School for Girls
Men's Club of Great Neck Synagogue
Museum of Jewish Heritage
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of Young Israel
Newark Museum
Ramaz School
Reuters
Solomon Schechter, Jericho, N.Y.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
Suffolk YJCC
Temple Beth AHM, Springfield, NJ
Temple Sinai
The Jewish Museum
Tours of the City -- Justin Ferate
UJA Federation of Central New Jersey
UJA Federation of New York
United Federation of Teachers
United Jewish Communities
UPS
Yeshiva University High School
Yeshivat Rambam
Yiddish Club of Greenbriar, NJ

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