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Compiled by Ilene Rubenstein and David Zinner (2005)

New York City may have more places to visit and things to do of Jewish interest than any other place outside of Israel. Below is a selected list of just a few of these great places. Shows rotate and special exhibits may require reservations or have limited viewing hours, so you may want to call ahead for schedules. Many offer discounts for AAA members and for students, so be sure to ask about that as well.  

Discover New York City!  Enjoy what it has to offer!  Have fun!

Ground Zero

The Southern (downtown) Liberty Street side of the World Trade Center is a viewing platform. The area begins at Liberty and Church streets. No tickets are required. An observation wall along the perimeter of the site on Church Street contains a memorial list of the names of the missing and information about the World Trade Center site before and after the attack.  It is possible to walk the entire perimeter and view the site from other vantage points (with some minor detours because of construction).

Note: All locations in the borough of Manhattan

Place/Event Address Phone & Web Comments
Center for Jewish History including:

15 W. 16th St

(near Union Square)

212-294-8301
www.cjh.org  

Umbrella Organization
American Jewish Historical Society 212-294-6160
www.ajhs.org
New exhibit: 350 Years of American Jewish Life
American Sephardi Federation 212-294-8350 www.asfonline.org  
Leo Baeck Institute

212-294-8340 
www.lbi.org

Society for German speaking Jews
Yeshiva University Museum 212-294-8330 www.yumuseum.org    
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research 212-246-6080
www.yivo.org  
 
Children’s Learning Lab and Children’s Galleries for Jewish Culture

515 W. 20th St, #4E
(bet. 10th – 11th Ave)

212-924-4500 www.jcllcm.com   Ages 7-12

Eldridge Street Project & Synagogue

12 Eldridge St
(Bet. Canal & Division St.)

212-219-0888
www.eldridgestreet.org

Tours, public programs and events. Landmark synagogue built in 1887 to serve the Lower East Side.

Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty – Liberty Island

New York Harbor – Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Ferry from Battery Park in lower Manhattan

212-363-3206 xt.134 www.nps.gov.stli

Very moving.

 

Statue newly reopened -advance reservations required for Statue tours

Hebrew Union College Museum

1 W. 4th St
(@ Broadway)

212-824-2205
www.huc.edu/museums/ny

 

The JCC in Manhattan

334 Amsterdam
(@ 76th St.) 

646-505-4444
www.jccmanhattan.org  

Exhibits and Jewish learning to match every interest.

The Jewish Museum

1109 5th Ave.
(@ 92nd St.)

212-423-3200
www.thejewishmuseum.org

 

Jewish Theological Seminary Library

3080 Broadway
(@ 122nd St.)

212-678-8975
www.jtsa.edu/libary  

 

Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum

280 Broome St

212-421-1619
www.kkjsm.org  

History of Romaniote Greek Jews

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

90 Orchard St. 
(Bet. Broome & Delancey) 

212-431- 0233 
www.tenement.org

Excellent hands on interactive tours. Multicultural but definitely of Jewish interest.

Makor

35 W. 67th St. (bet Central Park W. & Columbus)

212-601-1000
www.makor.org  

Arts, entertainment, and spirituality for Jewish 20- & 30-somethings.

Museum of the City of New York

1220 5th Ave.
(@ 103rd St.)

212-534-1672
www.mcny.org  

New Exhibit: Tolerance & Identity: Jews in Early NY

Museum of Jewish Heritage

18 1st Place

Battery Park City

212-968-1800
www.mjh.nyc  

Moving and powerful exhibits. Check listings for special events, concerts, etc.

West Side Judaica

2402 Broadway
(@ 87th St.)

212-362-7846
www.westsidejudaica.com

Books and so much more 

Careful:  you could go broke!

Zabar’s

2245 Broadway
(@ 80th St.)

212-787-2000
www.zabars.com  

A culinary cornucopia.  Small kosher section – mainly non-kosher

92nd Street Y Bronfman Center for Jewish Learning

1395 Lexington 
(@ 92nd St)

212-415-5500
www.92Y.org

Jewish learning for every interest. Check schedule