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Learn about the Williamsburg Hasidic community through its rich culinary traditions. Six (or so) food stops will tell you the story of the neighborhood’s Hungarian origins and its many customs.
We start at the beautiful new Domino Park with views of Manhattan, and walk a total of two miles east into Brooklyn. The tour always takes place on Thursday, when Shabbes foods are fresh and the most unique foods are available. We taste out-of-the-oven challah, chollent, kugels, rugelech, babka, cheese-pastries, and more.
All food stops are included in the tour price.
Dates: The first Thursday of each month at 12pm
Duration: 3 hours
Price: Starting at $54 adult/ $39 child
Learn about Boro Park’s melting pot of influences from all over the world through its thriving culinary culture. Six food stops give you a taste of the scope of immigrant Jewish experience and the ways in which kosher food at once preserves history but also modernizes.
Try the German shnitzl, the Polish noodle pudding, the Hungarian blintz, Israeli-style shwarma with pita, the Sephardic import of bourekas, and learn about new modern-kosher imports of Sushi, Chinese, Pizza and non-ham-burgers. Sit down for a tasting of challah-bread dipped in spreads like Eastern European chrein and the Middle Eastern tahini, and among others!
Dates: Occasional Wed at noon
Price starting at: $54 adult/ $39 child
Learn about New York City’s Hasidic community of South Williamsburg, a unique world in gentrified Brooklyn — so close to everything, we can even see the Manhattan skyline!
The tour meets near the Marcy Avenue train station for a meet and greet, and we begin the program with a brief introduction on the neighborhood history. We then walk down busy streets of mom-and-pop bakeries and old-school houseware shops, of Hasidic boys schools, of apartment buildings with staggered porches, of the big synagogue with its shabbes horn on top. I’ll unpack the values, technology, gender roles, economy, and marriage customs and take any question at all.
Two food stops and audio equipment are included in the tour price.
Dates: Sunday at 2pm and Friday at 11am
Duration: 2-3 hours
Price starting at: $40 pp
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Private tours are arranged to specifically for your schedule and specific interests. This is a good fit for classes, religious groups, travelling groups, families, creative or academic folks researching Jewish Brooklyn, and anyone interested in a more customized program.
The typical private tour will follow the route of the Culture Tour: we walk the older part of South Williamsburg and loop from Lee Avenue back through Bedford Avenue, with a midway stop for pastries. But a private tour will be set up based on your time needs and it will not be open to other participants. Because this tour is exclusively for you, we can cover specific areas of interest in greater depth, like the history of Jewish Williamsburg, architecture, gender, economics, education, and more. We can also arrange for a tour by car or visit different neighborhoods, like the newer parts of Williamsburg and Borough Park.
$300 for a group of up to 5. Includes two food stops.
$500 for a group up to 12. Includes two food stops.
$50 for every additional 5 people over 12.
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While I think nothing compares to being a visitor in the Hasidic community, I have found that the tour travels well. I can bring my presentations, rugelach and other materials to your class or community or home for the traveling tour. I’ll be the tourist, for a change! Please contact me to discuss.
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