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Adult Ed Series: Crime and Consequences—Eastern State Penitentiary

An arresting Philadelphia landmark, Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) was once the most famous prison in the world. Built in 1827 and in operation until 1971, it now stands in ruin but offers a unique and haunting perspective on an institution once felt to offer the most progressive means of rehabilitation. These included now discredited techniques such as solitary confinement and minimal prisoner interactions.

Housing at various times such iconic crime figures as Willie Sutton and Al Capone, ESP also featured a chapel meant to support minyanim for its Jewish inmates. On Sunday, March 3, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, please join us for a guided tour of the facility, absorb its imagery, and reflect upon what the experience of prison life was like in its time.

Please note: We will be touring the synagogue on the site, which is heated, and the rest of the facility, which is NOT heated. Please keep this in mind when you dress for the day.

Fri, March 1 2024 21 Adar I 5784