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sherith cemetery 11 St. cemetery flagpole tenement
Focusing on the early Jewish roots of New Amsterdam and New York City:
This tour will discuss the treatment and contributions of the colonies' and America's earliest Jewish settlers, including both the "documented Jews who arrived in August 1654 and the more famous "undocumented" 23 Sephardic Jews who came from Recife in September 1654. The lives of Asser Levy and the 23 undocumented Jews who came from Recife will be compared. We will try to see the flagpole memorial and plaque (currently behind a construction wall at Peter Minuet Plaza) memorializing the arrival of the "23" Jews and you will hear what life in New Amsterdam was like in general. (See New Amsterdam Tour.)

Museum of Jewish Heritage There is also the possibility of going to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City for a guided tour of what happened to Germany's homosexual population during the Nazi era. For more information on this tour click on the icon of when CBST participated in this event.

There are also remnants of several cemeteries for the Jews of the Sherith Israel Congregation near Chatham Square, West 11th and West 22nd Streets. We will walk to the one near Chatham Square (if you can walk for that distance). We will also discuss the impact of the civil/religious rights of these Jews as it applies to the Flushing Remonstrance and the future religious rights of all Americans.

In addition, we can extend the tour (especially if this is a bus tour) to go to the Lower East Side and see the Tenement Museum as well as several eateries such as Katz's Delicatessen and Russ & Daughters. The length of the tour is based on the capacity and desires of the group.
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flagpoleThe Memorial Flagpole and Plaque for the 23 "undocumented" Jews. Most of the talk can be given down at Battery Park. The Flagpole is in Peter Minuet Plaza which is under construction.
cemeteryThe tour usually ends near Chatham Square at the second cemetery of Sherith Israel. No one knows for sure where the first one was located.
"Classroom without Walls" Tours... All tours can also be transformed into an Indoor Speaking Engagement or modified to meet your interests.

          • Rick Landman, Esq., a Native New Yorker, has been an AICP Certified Planner for over 30 years, and an Attorney since 1988.
            He was the chair of several committees of Community Board #1 Manhattan, including the chair of the Planning & Community Infrastructure Committee, the Tribeca Committee and chaired what is now called the Landmarks Committee when Tribeca was first designated in 1992.

          • He is also an adjunct Professor of Planning at NYU's Wagner School and teaches a Land Use law class since 2003 and at New York Law School since 2010.

          • He has 3 Masters Degrees (M.C.R.P. in City and Regional Planning, Ed.M. in Curriculum Development, M.S. in Civil (Socio) Engineering) and a J.D. in law(cum laude). He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1988.

          • He was the Executive Director of Real Estate Development for the City of New York for 5 years and was the Director of Real Estate Development at NYU for 19 years.

          • One of the Masters Degrees was an Ed.M. in Curriculum Planning, so if you want a "Tour in the Classroom" lecture that can also be arranged. The lectures will be age appropriate to your class's needs.

          • He moved into a Lower Manhattan converted apartment in the 1970's, that is approximately 1,000 feet from the World Trade Center.

          • He is a licensed NYC Sightseeing Tour Guide. License No.: 1281818 exp. 3/31/20.

          • He also has dual citizenship between the USA and Germany. He is the son of two Jewish Holocaust Survivors, and is active in several Second Generation programs.

The tours are given in English or German (Deutsch).

The Standard rate for a Large Group Tour (usually for up to 20 persons) is $300. The lecture will be modified to meet your group's needs. Cash, Travelers Checks or NYS checks are acceptable forms of payment.

Clients assume all liability and risks during the walks. Please be vigilant when crossing the streets.

Should the tour guide cancel the tour, then a total refund of any deposit will be given and no fee will be charged for the tour. No consequential damages will be offered. However, if the tour was an individualized tour that required specific research, then the deposit from the group is not refundable, should the group decide to cancel. But the rest of the fee will be forgiven should the group wish to cancel the tour. Please give at least 24 hours notice.

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