Philadelphia Jewish Heritage

We begin our day aboard an airconditioned trolley as we journey from Cheltenham moving backward through the 20th century toward the historic Jewish Quarter where Russian Jewish immigrants settled before World War 1. With our guide, Michael Schatz, we start in West Oak Lane and Logan, then to Strawberry Mansion, once home to 50,000 Jews. We pass Marshall Street, famed block of pushcarts, dairy restaurants and delis, then on to Lombard Street where we will walk a few blocks and visit synagogues still active after more than 120 years. The Jewish immigrant culture that arose in this neighborhood, today known as Society Hill and Queen Village, faded, but never disappeared, and it is now experiencing a renaissance. After lunch on your own, our exploration continues with a visit to the Museum of American Jewish History. Your self-guided tour tracing the history of Jewish immigrants reflects on how history and identity are shaped by the American experience.

Cost includes transportation, entrance fees, guides and gratuities.

556 – $88

Thursday, 5/28
9:30 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m.
Bus leaves Cheltenham High
promptly at 9:30 a.m.