Klez for Kids & Synagogue Tours

Klez for Kids & Synagogue Tours

The Museum is open all day on December 25. We will offer synagogue tours at 10, 11, 12, & 2 pm and family-friendly scavenger hunts throughout the day. At 1 pm, sing, dance and learn Yiddish at our annual family concert. Clarinetist Greg Wall and his band Klezmerfest lead the audience on a musical tour […]

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Election Day: Then and Now

By Sophie Kaufman This Election Day, as we cast our vote, monitor the results through a myriad of media, and air our own thoughts on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, I like to think about what Election Day meant to the recent immigrants who prayed at the Eldridge Street Synagogue. For many it […]

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Footprints of History – Reflections of Docent Roberta Berken

Roberta Berken has served as a docent for more than a dozen years, sharing the story of the Eldridge Street Synagogue with visitors from around the world. Here she shares reflections on the synagogue’s floorboards, a favorite feature. Though much of the synagogue was meticulously restored to its original grandeur, these worn floorboards reveal the […]

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Tsimis Recipe and Rosh Hashanah Memories

How do you spell “tzimmis?” This question may stir up as much debate as the National Spelling Bee’s spelling of “knaidel.” Or “kneydl” according to YIVO, the go-to source for all things Yiddish. (Which is why we’re trying all of the “tsimmes” spelling variations in this blog post.) Also controversial: How do you prepare this […]

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The Herter Brothers: Architects of Eldridge Street

By Sara Lowenburg When I am leading tours at Eldridge Street, I love to share that this synagogue was built by the Herter Brothers, two German Catholic architects who had never built a synagogue before! Beyond that fact, I did not know much more about them, but I have always been curious to learn more […]

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From Bukhara to Corona: Congregation Tifereth Israel

By Julie Hartman Our neighborhood synagogue profile series continues with Congregation Tifereth Israel, located across the East River from Eldridge Street in Corona, Queens. Built in 1911, Tifereth Israel was Queens County’s first synagogue, and the site of Long Island’s first mikvah. In the first half of the 20th century, Corona was home to two […]

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Our Top 8 Movies About the Lower East Side

By Julie Hartman We continue our round-up of great films and books about the Lower East Side. Check out both our Favorite Young Adult Books about the Lower East Side and Favorite Kids Books about the Lower East Side.  Coming up are favorite books for grown-ups about this iconic NYC  neighborhood.  Hester Street: Directed by Abraham […]

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6 Great Young Adult Books about the Lower East Side & Brooklyn

By Julie Hartman Last week we focused on great Lower East side books for young children, this week we focus on literary selections young adult readers will love hand-picked by Museum at Eldridge Street staff. Grown-ups will enjoy them, too! (1) The Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska The Museum at Eldridge Street’s Deputy Director, Amy Stein-Milford, […]

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