Delve into American Jewish heritage on a guided tour of the Jewish Quarter on the Lower East Side. See historic synagogues and visit the First Shearith Israel Graveyard. Discover the history, culture and traditions of Jewish-American immigrants.

  • Explore NYC’s Jewish neighborhood with a Local History Expert
  • Discover old synagogues and Jewish heritage sites on the Lower East Side
  • Learn about the history, culture and traditions of American Jews
  • Visit the historic First Shearith Israel Graveyard
  • Take advantage of private transfers with a pickup and drop-off service

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  • 2 - 3,5 Hours
  • Private TourExclusive only for you
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  • Live GuideEnglish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish
  • Walking tour
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The Lower East Side is known as Manhattan’s Jewish neighborhood, a cultural center for the world’s second largest Jewish population outside Israel. Follow the stories of NYC’s Jewish immigrants and discover the impact that they had on the development of the metropolitan area. Experience Jewish culture in the greatest city in the world!

Join the 2-hour walking tour to see important Jewish heritage sites, including local synagogues, mutual-aid societies, libraries, and stores established by the local Jewish community over the years. One of them is the Angel Orensanz Cultural Foundation, the first synagogue built in the Lower East Side. You will also pass the Bialystok Synagogue, which has been an active place of worship since 1826.

The next stop will be East Broadway street, where you will find the Educational Alliance, which served as a settlement house for Eastern European Jews mass immigrating to NYC at the end of the 19th century. Nearby is also the Forward Building, which housed the office of the Forverts, one of the most widely circulated Jewish papers in the Yiddish-language. The tour will end at the historic, Moorish Revival-style Synagogue-Museum at Eldridge Street.

Opt for the 3-hour option to enhance your experience with a visit to the First Shearith Israel Graveyard. This is the first and the oldest Jewish cemetery in NYC. It is maintained by the “Remnant of Israel” that has roots to the Spanish and Portuguese Sephardic Jewish immigrants from the 17th century. See historic graves and learn about the early burials of New York Jews.

The 3,5-hour option includes a 1,5-hour walking tour of New York City’s Jewish history with private transfers between your accomodation and the meeting point. This is the most convenient way to enjoy this exclusive tour. A professional driver will pick you up in a clean, air-conditioned vehicle. You will see the most important Jewish heritage sites on the Lower East Side, from the Angel Orensanz Cultural Foundation to the Museum at Eldridge Street, and at the end of the tour the driver will drive you back to your accommodation.

  • Private Tour of Jewish heritage sites in Lower East Side with Synagogue and Museum
  • 5-Star Licensed Guide who is fluent in the language of your choice
  • Lots of information about the history of Jewish immigrants in New York
  • Visit at the First Shearith Israel Graveyard (in 3-hour option)
  • Private transfers by car with pickup and drop-off service to your accommodation (in 3,5-hour option)

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the The Ludlow Hotel, 180 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002, United States Open in Google Maps

Pickup and Drop-off service to your accommodation Open in Google Maps

Important information

What you should know

  • Please check your email the day before the tour to receive important information
  • The 3,5-hour option includes an approximately 1,5-hour round trip transfer between the meeting point and your accommodation. Please note that the transfer time quoted is for information purposes only and the exact time can take longer or less depending on the location of your NYC accommodation
  • We will arrange private transfers in a standard car (sedan) for groups of 1-4 people, and in a large van for groups of 5 people and more. If you’re travelling in a smaller group but want to travel in a more spacious car, we recommend booking a tour for 5 people to take advantage of the van transport