Jews in New York – before it was even called New York

Jews in New York – before it was even called New York

This post was written by Dina Posner, an intern at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Dina is a candidate for a Masters degree in Historic Preservation at Pratt Institute.    Our Museum’s building represents a major Jewish “first” – built in 1887, the Eldridge Street Synagogue was the first great house of worship built in America […]

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The hamentashen worth getting on a plane for

The hamentashen worth getting on a plane for

This blog was originally posted in March 2017 by Museum intern Rachel Hoffman. With Purim coming up again, we thought we’d repost this short and sweet family story from our former Visitor Services Associate Sharon Stein. Enjoy! Sharon Lotman Stein is the first person you meet when you enter the Museum at Eldridge Street. She […]

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From Bagels to Bodegas: The Language of New York

From Bagels to Bodegas: The Language of New York

“That dog fah-schtinks! Fah-schtinkinah dog!” “There’s no way that’s a real word, Mom.” “It is! It’s Yiddish! Call Gramma and ask!” February 21st is International Mother Language Day. According to the United Nations’ website, International Mother Language Day seeks “to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism… and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance […]

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Women Take the Lead at Eldridge Street

Women Take the Lead at Eldridge Street

In celebration of an upcoming anniversary at Eldridge, we’re reposting this blog post, originally written in February 2017 by Taylor Baker.  On this day, we remember the formation of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Formed February 16, 1919, the all-female committee arose during a time of flux within the synagogue itself, and […]

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Why does the wall look like THAT?

Why does the wall look like THAT?

Gothamist has a great new series called WHY?, where they ask some burning questions about the people, places, and things of our city. Last week’s WHY? asked a question about Grand Central Terminal but the exact same question could have been asked in the sanctuary at the Museum at Eldridge Street – why is there […]

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Judith: Female Strength in Myth and Menorahs

Judith: Female Strength in Myth and Menorahs

This post was written by Museum intern Leena Zelman. As we are getting ready for our upcoming exhibition Lighting the World: Menorahs Around the Globe, we cannot help but notice the depiction of a female heroine on so many of these menorahs. As we pour over research on international Hanukah customs, and sort through the […]

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