Why Moorish? Synagogues and the Moorish Revival

Why Moorish? Synagogues and the Moorish Revival

One of the first things people notice when visiting the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue is the use of the Moorish style. It is seen in the synagogue’s rooftop finials, horseshoe-shaped windows and arches, and hand-painted designs. Moorish architecture is associated with Islamic structures in Spain and the Middle East, including the famed Alhambra palace in Spain […]

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“Found” Synagogues of Europe

“Found” Synagogues of Europe

In preparation for our upcoming installation  Lost Synagogues of Europe: Eastern European Jewish Postcards I researched the current status and histories of the synagogues featured in František Bányai’s collection. Many of these breathtaking buildings were lost in the course of just two days during Kristallnacht, literally “The Night of Crystal” but more often referred to as […]

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Friday Faces of Eldridge Street – Docent Henry Zimring

Friday Faces of Eldridge Street – Docent Henry Zimring

Docent Henry Zimring is the subject of our first “Friday Faces of Eldridge Street” feature. Every Friday, we will highlight someone with a special connection to Eldridge Street on our blog and Facebook pages. Henry has volunteered at the Museum since December 2007 when we re-opened to the public after an extensive restoration. Here intern […]

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Tenement Songs – a Talk with Music

Tenement Songs – a Talk with Music

by Gwenn Underwood, Museum at Eldridge Street Intern On Sunday, February 12th, at 3 pm, the Museum at Eldridge Street will welcome award-winning ethnomusicologist Dr. Mark Slobin and a trio of outstanding musicians for a unique program entitled “Tenement Songs.” Slobin has built his career researching, writing and teaching about the intricacies of music and […]

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Pushcarts: The Hustle to the American Dream

Pushcarts: The Hustle to the American Dream

Think about the last time you bought something off the street in New York City. Perhaps it came from a cart, a stall, or even a truck. Perhaps your purchase was a pretzel, a tamale, or a pair of sunglasses. Chances are likely if you started chatting with the person selling to you, you would […]

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Pretzel Rolls, Salmon Croquettes & Other Immigrant Recipes

Pretzel Rolls, Salmon Croquettes & Other Immigrant Recipes

By Gwen Underwood, Museum at Eldridge Street Intern Pushcarts and crowded outdoor marketplaces were a common site for Eastern Europe Jewish immigrants – as can be seen in the Museum’s new exhibition “The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards: From Eastern Europe to the Lower East Side” on view December 15-through March 8, 2017. These early twentieth-century […]

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Travel Back in Time to 1886!

Travel Back in Time to 1886!

By Jackie Bein, Musuem at Eldridge Street Intern In November 1886, the cornerstone of the Eldridge Street Synagogue was placed on the purchased lot of 12-14-16 Eldridge Street. This Sunday – November 13, 2016 – you can travel back in time as the Museum marks the 130th anniversary of this momentous event with the Generation […]

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