Behind the Scenes of our Synagogue Restoration

When people come to the Eldridge Street Synagogue they are wowed by the beautiful main sanctuary. What they don’t see right away is the care and deliberation that went into restoring it. Here I wanted to share special areas in the synagogue that reveal our preservation philosophy – one that focuses on authenticity and the […]

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Shedding Light

Allen Mogol, a friend of the Museum, shares his thoughts about Adult Education at Eldridge Street. If you’ve ever been to the Museum at Eldridge Street, you know that every visit is a step back in time. You can almost hear the whispers of the synagogue’s founders as you walk in their footsteps. Your eyes […]

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Storywalks — Giving Voice to the Past

Storywalks is just the coolest thing. It’s a new, free smartphone app that will debut at the Museum at Eldridge Street with a launch party on December 6th. Why is it so amazing? Because it brings history to life by restoring voices from the past to our exquisite sanctuary. It’s a beautiful marriage of old […]

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Holy Hummer! Thinking about nigunim

nigun (Hebrew: ?meaning “tune” or “melody”, pl. nigunim) or niggun (pl. niggunim) is a form of Jewish religious song or tune sung by groups. It is vocal music, often with repetitive sounds such as “bim-bim-bam” or “ai-ai-ai!” instead of formal lyrics. Sometimes, Bible verses or quotes from other classical Jewish texts are sung repetitively to […]

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Meet Gussie Dubrin — A Coming to America Story

As Columbus Day approaches we are thinking about the immigrants who later made the journey across the ocean to find a better life. Many – probably most – of the early congregants of the Eldridge Street Synagogue were new Americans, including Gussie Dubrin, who was interviewed by Judy Tenney for the Museum (then the Eldridge […]

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Look through those old letters!

Look through those old letters!

When my father passed away two and a half years ago, we had to clear out our family home. My family had lived there for about 54 years and in addition to the regular family detritus, somehow we had become the clearing house for stuff from our extended family and friends of family, too! It […]

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Recipe for a Sweet New Year

Rosh Hashanah is a time for prayer, reflection and getting together with family members and eating. One of the many food customs for the holiday is eating round foods (representing the circle of life), apples (celebrating the food of the season) and honey (ensuring a sweet new year). About two weeks ago I was working […]

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