Spring Cleaning

As someone who has Easter eggs and not chametz on her mind at this time of year, I was a little unnerved to write about Passover.  But through the Museum’s collection, and by talking with my colleagues there, I’ve learned so much I’d like to share.  Take this sign, for instance, which hangs in the […]

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Happy Passover

Passover is a time when our families get together to share and create stories and memories. Sharing stories and memories is an everyday occurrence at the Museum at Eldridge Street. It seems like everyone we meet has a family connection to the Lower East Side, which makes sense given how many people lived or passed […]

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A Taste of our Passover Nosh & Stroll

    We (Amy Milford and Hanna Griff-Sleven) did a test-run of our super-fabulous, wonderfully fun and absolutely delicious Pre-Passover Nosh & Stroll. The real tour is scheduled for this Sunday, April 10 at 11 am (the 2pm time is already sold out) and we hope you’ll join us.  We had a great time and thought we’d […]

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Gwyneth Paltrow & Family Research

Gwyneth Paltrow had experts help her uncover her family history on the most recent episode of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are (filmed in part here at Eldridge Street), but you, too, can research your ancestors – all on your own. Here we re-post our “7 tips to genealogical research,” originally published in January of this year. These steps are very […]

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Researching a Building or Site

Are you curious about the history of your apartment or another building that has meaning for you? Here preservationist and Eldridge Street intern Chelsea Dowell shares steps on uncovering information about a residence, business or any building of interest drawing. As a graduate student at Pratt Institute’s Historic Preservation program, I’ve engaged in several projects centering on […]

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From Bad Date to Great Play

  We asked writer/performer Rachel Evans to share her inspiration for Jew Wish, the one-person play on her on-line dating adventures that she will be performing at Eldridge Street on Thursday, March 24. Join us that evening for fun, laughter, and a post-event schmooze.   How exactly did I come to bare my dating woes […]

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From the Trenches: Visitor Stories

Master Docent Roberta Berken shares: In my capacity as a docent I am fortunate to meet people from all over the world and the country. Here are some of their stories. In East London in the l9th century it was the custom for street peddlers to specialize in a particular item. Often the Jewish peddlers […]

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Archivist Files: Rain, Rain, Go Away

Maybe something can be done about the weather… As the Museum’s archivist, it has been a treat to be able to look at each item in our collection.  What are my favorites?  It’s so hard to say, but this sign, from the Museum’s sizable collection of Hebrew and Yiddish signs collected from around our Lower […]

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Our Favorite 1920’s Fashion Trends

To get you in the spirit for our 1920’s-themed Synagogue Soiree party, we’re counting down some of the top fashion trends of that decade. Take a trip through time as you browse these spiffy looks – maybe you’ll get an idea for your costume! Enjoy, and we’ll see you guys and dolls on Wednesday night (Feb 23) at […]

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1920s Synagogue Soiree – Films of the Era

Here at Eldridge Street we are getting ready for our 1920s Synagogue Soirée taking place on Wednesday, February 23 from 9pm to 12am. We’re looking forward to seeing the synagogue filled with people in period garb and looking back to an era when Eldridge Street attracted a new generation of parishioners, including renowned rabbis, businessmen and […]

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