BENEFITING: Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Your donation today can help us share the story of Bella Epstein, whose parents survived the Holocaust and came to New York City in search of a better life.
Regina and Kalman Epstein were among the first World War II refugees to be allowed into the United States, arriving in 1947. Daughter Bella was born not long after their immigration and six years later they moved into a new home at 103 Orchard Street, where they lived until 1961.
In our new exhibit at 103 Orchard Street, you will be able to enter the bedroom where Bella Epstein and her sister would have sought out privacy and comfort in their small, two-bedroom apartment. Bella recalls how she would yell out this window to her good friend, Rosetta, who lived on the 2nd floor. You might imagine the sounds of a thriving and diverse neighborhood Bella would have heard outside her bedroom window – with vibrant music punctuating a Spanish and Yiddish soundscape, and the hustle and bustle of people shopping on Orchard Street.
Don’t let these stories be forgotten. With your donation today, help us bring this room to life and share the Epstein family’s stories of an ever-evolving mid-20th century New York City neighborhood. #givetenement
Want to learn more about the Epsteins and the other families who inhabited 103 Orchard Street? Visit http://103orchard.tenement.org/