The Past, Present, and Future of the Mezritch Synagogue
co-sponsored by the East Village Community Coalition
Monday, September 27
6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Theater for the New City
The Congregation Mezritch Synagogue is the East Village’s last operating “tenement synagogue,” in a neighborhood that once contained hundreds of these narrow shuls. Most often each served immigrants from different towns in Central and Eastern Europe, with buildings that were typically packed into the tiny tenement sized spaces of the Lower East Side.
Along with the East Village Community Coalition and other local organizations and advocates, GVSHP has proposed landmark designation for this one-of-a-kind remaining building whose stunning, early 20th century untouched interior is practically unknown to visitors and residents.
The evening visually explored the Jewish history of the neighborhood, the building’s architectural significance, and the religious background of the Mezritch shul, while looking towards the future of this religious building and its living community.
Panelists included architectural historian Justin Ferate, writer and historian Joyce Mendelsohn, and synagogue historian/geographer Elissa Sampson. The program was moderated by Laurie Tobias-Cohen, Executive Director of the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy.
Photos of the event:
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Below is a slideshow shown by Joyce Mendelsohn at the panel discussion:
Below is a slideshow shown by Elissa Sampson at the panel discussion:
Click here for a link to the slideshow shown by Justin Ferate at the panel discussion.