Step Away From the Screen on Friday, March 9th

Step Away From the Screen on Friday, March 9th

This post was written by intern John Hanson. The Sabbath is perhaps the most visible tradition of Jewish culture. Even those who don’t know much about the religion or its many traditions probably know the basic idea behind keeping Sabbath. It’s well known that on Saturdays, observant Jews abstain from work, retreat from stress, and […]

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A Fond Farewell to Our Hanna Griff-Sleven

A Fond Farewell to Our Hanna Griff-Sleven

By Courtney Byrne-Michelle and Eva Brune.   “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” – Anais Nin Sixteen years ago Hanna Griff-Sleven, Director of Cultural Programs & Internships, was like a kite […]

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Larry David, Cousin Bernie and Me

Larry David, Cousin Bernie and Me

I admit it. Television shows that trace the family roots of celebrities, like Who Do You Think You Are? and Finding Your Roots provide all the suspense I can handle. I get too scared watching thrillers, much less horror movies, and these programs have the ability to get me nervous about what may lie ahead […]

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Oy Vey! Why Aren’t You Fluent in ‘Jewish’?

Oy Vey! Why Aren’t You Fluent in ‘Jewish’?

In 1912 in Prague, the writer Franz Kafka introduced a Yiddish theater troupe’s performance by providing the audience a little comfort. “I would like to assure you, ladies and gentlemen, that you understand far more Yiddish than you think,” he said. Do those words still ring true in 2018? Yiddish is responsible for some of […]

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Women Take the Lead: February 16, 1919

Women Take the Lead: February 16, 1919

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 the nation at-large. At the end of 1918, Eldridge had installed its first permanent rabbi, Avrohom Aharon Yudelovitch. Prior to Yudelovitch […]

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Love, Year-Round at Eldridge

Love, Year-Round at Eldridge

It doesn’t need to be Valentine’s Day for us to feel love in the air at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Our 131-year-old landmark building inspires effusive language from anyone who visits – and who could blame them? The sanctuary’s sumptuous decorative motifs are really quite romantic. After all, the interior was specifically designed to […]

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Over 100 Menorahs Light Up the Museum

Over 100 Menorahs Light Up the Museum

This post was written by intern John Hanson. If you follow us on social media, you’ve probably already heard the news – The Museum at Eldridge Street has opened a sprawling new exhibition, featuring over 100 menorahs displayed in the historic main sanctuary. It’s called Let There Be Light – A Whole Lotta Light! and it […]

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Chanukah Shopping You Can Feel Good About

Chanukah Shopping You Can Feel Good About

This post was written by interns John Hanson and Eliana Schechter. Each Chanukah, we remember how the Maccabees stood up for what they believed in – and today we continue that tradition of supporting our favorite causes. Our Museum has a great shop full of gifts that will not only please everyone on your list, […]

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Giving Thanks for Ma, and Her Turkey, on her Yarzheit

Giving Thanks for Ma, and Her Turkey, on her Yarzheit

This post is written by Hanna Griff-Sleven, Director of Cultural Programs and Intern Coordinator at the Museum at Eldridge Street. My mother died on the 5th of Kislev in 1991 (November 12th) and this year her Yarzheit (the anniversary of her death) is on Thanksgiving. The Jewish calendar is a lunar one and every few years […]

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