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.


When Hymie Reher closed his family’s bakery in the early 1980s, he never dreamed that his breadcrumbs would inspire a new museum and community organization, the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History. After more than fourteen years of sustained effort to document, research and preserve the historic Reher’s Bakery building, we are thrilled to announce that in June 2018 we will re-open the site to the public for a select series of events.

The ambitious and eclectic schedule we’re planning ranges from guided “hard hat” tours of the historic Reher’s bakery and oven room, to a photography exhibition of contemporary Kingston High School students’ views on immigration, to immigrant-themed movie nights, to family programs about immigrant food. A central purpose of this season is to welcome our diverse community in and to experiment with how we can design our programming to best serve your various needs and interests.

During this transformative time in our organization’s history, follow our facebook and instagram feeds for regular “breadcrumbs” or snapshots of our progress. We hope you’ll find something that draws you in, and that you’ll join us in person this summer both at the Sixth Annual Kingston Multicultural festival on June 3rd in T.R. Gallo Park, and for our new on-site programs.

Check back in April for the full list of summer tours and programs.

If you are moved to get involved, please contact me at Director.ReherCenter@gmail.com. We welcome support of many kinds.



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 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.