Researching Mikvah Operator Gittel Natelson

My last post listed how to conduct genealogical research so I thought I would try my hand researching an actual person. I don’t have any relatives that stayed in New York after immigrating to the United States, so I chose to research a member of the Eldridge Street family. My choice: Gittel Natelson, a mikvah operator and […]

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Chinese New Year

We posed with dancing rabbits, saw adorable children decked in holiday finest, and, for the main event, heard the pop! of 600,000 firecrackers releasing confetti into the icy blue skies.

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The People You’ll Meet

One of the best parts of being at Eldridge Street are the many wonderful people who come through our doors. Here Visitor Services Associate Sharon Stein shares some of her favorite encounters of the week. Last Monday, a 14-year-old boy with his confirmation class from San Diego asked me what his entrance fee would have […]

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Seven Steps to Successful Family Research

As a historic site, we often field questions about how to conduct family research. To help you discover your family history, we asked intern Chelsea Dowell to do some research. A student at Pratt Institute’s graduate program in historic preservation, Dowell has lots of experience researching historic buildings in NYC and beyond. Here she provides 7 steps to […]

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Seeing Stars

If you’ve ever built a house or renovated your home, you know the end is never the end. There’s always a room that needs finishing, a scuffed wall that needs re-painting, an inoperable electrical line. Though our window designed by Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans has been up for more than two months, secret, unseen […]

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Top 10 of 2010

Happy 2011 from the Museum at Eldridge Street! In the spirit of New Year, we are pleased to present our “Top 10 Highlights of 2010 at Eldridge Street.” 1. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Our stained-glass window designed by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans is a true marriage of old […]

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Ways We Worship

As Americans gather to celebrate their respective traditions, we at the Museum at Eldridge Street find ourselves asking: What happens when a traditional religious community finds itself in a new country? On our new Ways We Worship tour we explore the theme of religious ritual as practiced in America.

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Architecture at Eldridge Street

Our building tours offer visitors a peek into the workings of the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue, and we’ve been busy adding new themes and tours to our lineup. You can now experience Eldridge through the lens of immigration, ritual practice, or architecture and preservation. On Beyond the Facade: Architecture and Preservation, we break out the […]

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The Golem

On October 28th at 7 PM, join us for a screening of the classic 1920 Paul Wegener film “The Golem” with live musical accompaniment by Gary Lucas, Emmy-nominated guitarist. Wondering about the origins of this Jewish zombie myth? Don’t worry, I’ve done a bit of poking around for you. According to Wikipedia, The word golem […]

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The Shabbos Table

Looking for a tasty treat? In this week’s installment, we have recipes guaranteed to knock your socks off. Consider this fair warning.   Tomato and Zucchini Salad First up is Jan’s Tomato and Zucchini Salad. If you want to thank her for making your meal healthful and delicious, stop by the Museum on Mondays and […]

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