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Tour #9: Bread and Roses: History of the Jewish Left on the Lower East Side
Your LESJC guides will lead you on a fascinating exploration. You’ll discuss the interrelationships among labor activism, leftist political thought, Yiddish culture/language, and Jewish tradition.
You’ll listen, talk, debate, and sing!
- Visit the Sixth Street Community Center, formerly Congregation Yeshurun Shara Torah, and learn about the vivid socialist motif murals that share space with historic memorial plaques.
- Discuss Abraham Cahan, legendary socialist editor of the Jewish Daily Forward; Emma Goldman, anarchist and lecturer; Clara Lemlich, leftist and strike leader; celebrated local authors Anzia Yezierska, and Meyer London (the first socialist elected to the House of Representatives).
- Learn the Yiddish Cloakmaker’s Song, and the American labor classic Joe Hill in Mamaloshen (Yiddish).
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