New York Scenes Temple Beth-El, NYC Temple Beth-El in New York City was founded in 1870 as a Reform congregation. Temple Beth-El, NYC The synagogue was led by Rabbi David Einhorn, a well-known Reform Rabbi. Hester Street Hester Street was located on the Lower East Side of New York City and was a cultural center of Jewish immigrant life. Hester Street Between 1880 and 1890, 60,000 Jewish immigrants lived in the tenements on Hester Street. Rivington Street Rivington Street, located on the Lower East Side of New York City, was another cultural center of Jewish immigrant life. Rivington Street Markets, meetings, and community activities were held there in and outside the tenements buildings on Rivington Street. Hester Street Called a “ghetto” or “shtetl,” this neighborhood in New York City helped Jewish immigrant families adjust to American life. Hester Street The area was immortalized in the film "Hester Street," based on Abe Cahan’s 1896 novella, "Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto."