The Lower East Side Goes to Camp

The Lower East Side Goes to Camp

This year camp is all the rage, but I’m not talking about fashion or aesthetics. Think rather of the outdoors, friendship bracelets and nostalgia for your childhood. Today there are hundreds of summer camps around the country that cater to a range of interests from theater, religion, rocket science to sports. But this is old […]

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Not-So-Living History: The Queens Cemetery Belt

Not-So-Living History: The Queens Cemetery Belt

This post was written by Museum intern Sophie Brous. If you’ve ever flown over New York City, you may have noticed the huge number of cemeteries spanning the area around the Brooklyn-Queens border. Known as the Queens cemetery belt, this massive stretch of land claims at least 5 million interred in its soil. In fact, […]

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Coming to America: Divides in the Jewish-American Community

Coming to America: Divides in the Jewish-American Community

This blog post was written by Museum intern Brendan Hyatt. During the height of Eastern European Jewish immigration to the United States – the phenomenon which drove the establishment of the Eldridge Street Synagogue – opinions on how the newly massive Jewish population ought to behave and interact with American culture differed widely. “Native” New […]

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July 12: The Yahrzeit of a “Fiery Jewish Girl”

July 12: The Yahrzeit of a “Fiery Jewish Girl”

This blog post was written by Museum intern Dalia Rubinstein. On July 12, 37 years ago, the world lost a Lower East Sider whose chutzpah changed life for many immigrants of her time. Clara Lemlich, although not a household name today, was one of the  “farbrente Yidishe meydlekh” [“fiery Jewish girls”] who made a strong […]

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Teacher Spotlight: Art and History with Anna Melo

Teacher Spotlight: Art and History with Anna Melo

When most of our students visit the Museum at Eldridge Street it is for a one-time program; they visit our space and connect with our educators for an hour or two. There isn’t often the opportunity to work with classes for an extended period of time. Fortunately, that is where the CASA (Cultural Afterschool Adventures) […]

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