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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The Most Dangerous Woman in America

Via the Jewish Women’s Archive: Emma Goldman’s career, followed closely by many in the Yiddish-speaking world, provided this newspaper — subtitled “A Journal of Humor, Wit, and Satire” — with a great deal of subject material. The caption under this cartoon reads: “Emma Goldman, the grogger [noise-maker] and Free Speech in America.” The cartoonist effectively […]

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(Jewish) Gangs of New York

On our Gangster, Writer, Rabbi walking tour, we explore the lives–and funeral processions–of three iconic Lower East Side figures: writer Sholem Aleichem, Rabbi Jacob Joseph, and East Side gangster Big Jack Zelig. Though Bugsy Siegel and  Meyer Lansky usually come to mind when thinking of Jewish gangsters, Zelig was a true leader of crime in […]

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Shabbos Recipes

Searching for a recipe for your Shabbos meal? You can call your bubbe — but if that fails, we’re here to provide your weekly fix. On tap this week is a garlicky summer gazpacho and a sweet sangria for all of your ceremonial needs. Garlicky Summer Gazpacho Garlic, the favored seasoning of Jewish cooks worldwide, […]

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Independence Day

After leaving Eastern Europe, the founders of our synagogue forged their lives as Americans on the streets of the Lower East Side. How did they celebrate their newfound heritage? Unfortunately, I’ve found no mention of barbecued borscht or other culinary treats, but a strong sense of pride as Americans certainly took hold in the Eldridge […]

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Food Memories

They say that the way to a man’s heart is his stomach, but I believe that the path actually leads directly to the brain. Merely mentioning food can unlock troves of memories thought to have disappeared long ago. This year, I asked the festival-goers waiting in line at our Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival […]

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From the Trenches: An Egg Cream Report

From the Trenches: An Egg Cream Report

At our annual Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival this past Sunday, I celebrated my 5th year of pouring, stirring and sipping egg creams, the official beverage of the Lower East Side (in my estimation, at least.) Serving egg creams to a crowd of 8,000 is like running a marathon: a true test of endurance, […]

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Festival Musings

When I first envisioned a Chinese Jewish Festival more than ten years ago, I thought it would be good for the neighborhood and for our mission to tell the story of the immigrants who made and make our neighborhood special. I imagined Chinese and Jewish artists and musicians sitting side by side informing the public […]

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