Harlem was the third largest Jewish community on earth at the dawn of the 20th century
Before Harlem became the epicenter of the African American experience it was a Jewish immigrant neighborhood. The Gershwin Brothers, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Milton Berle, Lane Bryant, Sophie Tucker and many many more got their starts in Jewish Harlem at the dawn of the 20th century.
The neighborhood is filled with synagogues, theaters, nickelodeons, department stores built by Jews for Jews that have been turned into churches, movie theaters, music venues, and political gathering sites that played a pivotal role in modern American history from the Great White Way to the Civil Rights movement. Harlem exemplifies the great "melting pot" of modern America.
We start at Marcus Garvey Park back before the arrival of the Dutch colonists and travel through time and space hitting cultural icons like the Commandment Keepers synagogue, Richard Rodgers' childhood home, Malcolm Shabazz Mosque, Temple Israel's former home, 125th Street, the Apollo Theater, and the perfect cultural fusion of Lee Lee's Baked Goods - "rugelach by a brother. "
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: This tour begins at the corner of Mount Morris Park West and 122nd Street.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 USD - Some cash on hands for possible food tastings, or a coffee break along the way.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.