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Victorian Flatbush Walking Tour

Here at the BJHI we have a fascinating assortment of tours to offer you, showcasing different neighborhoods in our fine borough. We have walking tours, biking tours, and bus/van tours. Learn about the Brooklyn Jewish community’s past and present, with our knowledgeable guides.

Victorian Flatbush

Victorian Flatbush Walking Tour

The Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn is a picturesque area renowned for its magnificent Victorian mansion houses. The walking tour will take about two and a half hours; get to know the historic district, admire its striking 19th-century architecture. It includes a visit to Beth Shalom Emeth Reform Temple (BShERT). It is a merge of a number of reform congregations over the decades. Temple Beth Emeth was founded in 1911 by a woman, Hannah Hirsch. The sanctuary is a beautiful, art-deco design completed in 1913-1914; it has been used on an episode of "Law and Order" and most recently, the HBO series, "The Plot Against America."

We will pass another synagogue, Temple Isaac which was the Flatbush Christian Church in 1910. There is also, the American Islamic Albanian Mission. It is around the corner of BShERT and has been there since 1972. Also around the corner from BShERT is the home used in the major motion picture, "Sophie's Choice," in 1982.

And much more about the history of this NYC Landmarked neighborhood!

For everyone's safety during the of COVID-19 pandemic, the Victorian Flatbush walking tour will be limited to just 10 people.

Meet Your Tour Guide - Ron Schweiger

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ron Schweiger is the official Brooklyn Borough Historian, appointed in 2002 by then Borough President Marty Markowitz. A teacher, he has conducted walking tours, bus tours and given lectures of Brooklyn’s historic neighborhoods and famous Brooklynites for 37 years. Learn More