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Life at the Synagogue


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50th anniversary journal

Paper pamphlet with metallic paper cover
11.125 inches x 8.25 inches (closed)

When the congregation was running low on funds in 1934, they came up with a unique solution: celebrate their 50th anniversary three years early. The Eldridge Street Synagogue opened in the fall of 1887, but on December 30th, 1934, an anniversary banquet was held at the Broadway Central Hotel, 673 Broadway at East 3rd Street. Local merchants and big businesses paid up to $40 for a page to advertise in this golden souvenir pamphlet, which was given to guests. Manischewitz Food and Wines purchased a quarter of a page to advertise their new ‘Manna Wafers’ alongside congregant Hyman Foont’s pharmacy on Canal Street. The pamphlet also provided information about the congregation and offered greetings from various committee members. The committee greeting ends with a message of gratitude and optimism during the Great Depression: “Our warmest appreciation and thanks are extended to our advertisers and we highly recommend them to our members and friends. with thankfulness and hope, with courage and strength renewed, we will continue onward.”

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