Welcome to The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History


Welcome to the website of The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, an exciting new community resource located in the historic Rondout waterfront district of Kingston, New York.

FIFTH ANNUAL KINGSTON MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL MOVES INDOORS, June 4, 1 – 5 p.m., Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center

Due to the strong chance for rain in the afternoon this Sunday, June 4th, the 5th annual Kingston Multicultural Festival, will be held at the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center.  Same time.  Same great event. [Read more...]

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THE ROLL THAT CONNECTED A COMMUNITY: Have you heard about the “Sunday List,” the list the Reher Family kept to get ready for the Sunday rush for rolls after church?  Sickler, Matthews, Carpino and Bruhn,  Tremper, Polacco, Sepesy and Bruck. These are just a few of the names that appear.  Please help us connect with people who remember the bakery back before urban renewal… Read more

To read Lynn Woods’ front page article from the Kingston Times (April 6, 2017) about the Sunday List Project and the consultant, Sarah Litvin, who is heading it up, click here.


A belated thank you from the Reher Center to the Ulster County Italian American Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Ulster County for the joint dinner and movie event, March 23rd, held at Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley.  Members of Italian American and Jewish American communities filled Temple Emanuel’s social hall to capacity to share an evening highlighted by a delicious meal catered by Frank Guido and the showing of the movie, My Italian Heroes…, documenting the activities of Italians to save their Jewish neighbors from the atrocities of the Holocaust.  The evening was made even more special by the presence of a survivor of the Holocaust in Italy, Umberto Schoeps, now living in Olivebridge, who shared a few words about his experiences before the movie.  We are looking forward to more joint events.

If you are interested in joining the UCIAF’s upcoming bus trip to Ellis Island, read more about it here.


Laughter posterIMMIGRANT GIFTS TO AMERICA: Last event of the series, Tuesday, May 30th, 7pm at the Old Dutch Church, Wall Street, Kingston.

Movie: The Wedding Banquet, Ang Lee’s 1993 film about a gay Taiwanese immigrant man who marries a mainland Chinese woman to placate his parents and get her a green card.  His plan backfires when his parents arrive in the United States to plan his wedding banquet and he has to hide the truth about his partner.

BAKERY TOURS:  The Bakery will be open for tours more often this season, in connection with our work with our interpretive planner, Sarah Litvin, and for Path Through History (June) and Ulster County Cultural Heritage Week (October).  We will also be from 5 to 7 pm 1st Saturdays from May through September.

MATTHEWIS PERSEN HOUSE: Saturday, September 9th, Corner of John and Crown Streets.

We will be hosting the Persen House once again this year on September 9th with a program highlighting new developments at the Reher Center.  Details to follow.

2ND ANNUAL DELI DINNER: Tuesday, September 26th

Stay tuned to find out more about our 2nd annual Deli Dinner.  Kosher delicatessen as only Lew and Amy Kirschner can serve it up.



Preserving an irreplaceable community landmark and building a museum and culture center is a long and costly process, requiring us to be active simultaneously on many fronts.  Please include us in your end-of-year giving to help us continue to build our match for a follow-up grant to preserve the building exterior, hire a consultant to develop an interpretive plan to guide us in refining the story the bakery has to tell and inform the restoration of the interior space to support that story, begin to catalogue and conserve our collections, create a marketing plan, expand the hours that the bakery can be open to the public, and support our existing and future programming.


A project of the Jewish Federation of Ulster County, the Reher Center is rooted in the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), often expressed today by working for social justice.  In keeping with its mission, the Center serves not only as a museum highlighting Rondout’s rich history of diversity and commerce, but also as a cultural hub where all people can gather  to explore and share their varied traditions, past and present, in search of common ground.

Learn more about mission, our building and our programs by touring our website.