7 2020

Trip to the Lower East Side, NYC Tenement Museum

10:00AM - 5:00PM  

Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center 775 Talamini Road
Bridgewater, NJ

Contact Lauren Edelman

Walking Tour of the Home of "Victoria Confino"

Discover life as an immigrant in 1916 through the eyes of 14-year-old Victoria Confino. A costumed actor portraying Victoria provides a first-person perspective inside her apartment. Victoria will share her experiences about immigrating to America from Greece, living at 97 Orchard Street with her parents and five brothers, and adjusting to life on the Lower East Side. Life on the Lower East Side was very different from the Confino’s hometown of Kastoria. As Jews with ancestry in Spain, Victoria and her family may have felt out of place among the Eastern European Ashkenazi Jewish community on the Lower East Side. Not only were their traditions different but so too was the language they spoke. Kastoria’s beautiful mountainous landscape turned into the crowded and dirty streets of New York City. Accustomed to living in a spacious and comfortable home, Victoria and her family had to adjust to tenement housing in a narrow and cramped apartment.

Leave JCC at 10 AM

11:30 AM - Hear the history of "Victoria Confino" 

1:00-1:45 - Lunch on your own at Essex Market

2:00 - 3:00 - Walking tour of the Lower East Side

Fee: $125/Person

Maximum 30 People