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.


Thursday, March 23 6-9pm, at Congregation Emanuel, Albany Ave, Kingston


Flyer-edited 1The Reher Center kicks off the 2017 season with a program produced by a collaboration between its parent organization, the Jewish Federation of Ulster County, and our friends from the Ulster County Italian American Foundation.  Join us for an evening of Italian food prepared by Frank Guido, followed by a screening of My Italian Secret: Forgotten Heroes of the Holocaust. The film follows the activities of several courageous Italians who risked their lives to save their Jewish neighbors from the Holocaust.  This event is a fundraiser for the Kingston Multicultural Festival. The cost is $25 per person. To reserve, call 845-338-8131, or go on line to ucjf.org, press donate at the top of the page, and be sure designate “Dinner & Movie” in the special instructions space provided.

Tuesdays, May 2, 16 & 30, Immigrant Gifts to America, 7pm at the Old Dutch Church, Wall Street, Kingston

This year Immigrant Gifts to America will present 2 evenings of films which take a humorous look at immigration (May 2 and 30), and an evening of live comedy featuring Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine, and others.  FREE (Sponsorships & Donations Welcome!)

Sunday, June 4, 2017, Kingston Multicultural Festival

Save the date for the 5th annual Kingston Multicultural Festival, T.R Gallo Park on the Rondout, 1- 5 pm.  In the event of rain, the Festival will move indoors to the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center.   Please pray for sunny weather!!!

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.

Sunday List Project: Among the papers found in the bakery, was a piece of paper bag with “Sunday List” written across the top,  covered with the names of patrons, many with  the number of rolls, breads and newspapers they had ordered.

Paper bag 2Hymie and Willie Reher used this order list to load their station wagon with fresh rye bread, pumpernickel and the bakery’s famous hard rolls early Sunday mornings. Setting out from their family’s bakery at the corner of Broadway and Spring Streets in Kingston, New York, they delivered dozens of rolls to homes and businesses across the city, while outside the bakery, after church, other customers lined up around the block to pick some up to bring home for their Sunday dinners. The Reher Center for Immigrant History and Culture is developing a new exhibit about Sundays at the Reher bakery, and we need your help to identify the bakery’s former customers that are listed on this bag.

Click on the bag for a closer look.  See a name you know?  Then please contact us at: www.info@rehercenter.org.

Saturday, September 9th, Matthewis Persen House, 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.

Tuesday, September 26th, 2nd annual Deli Dinner

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.