"The Eldridge Street synagogue…is an impressive representation of traditional Judaism, modified perforce by the spirit of the time and surroundings."

Century Magazine, 1892


In the Synagogue


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Eternal Light (Ner tamid)

Original lost, reconstructed 1986-2007
Brass electric light fixture

Every synagogue has a ner tamid, an eternal light that symbolizes God’s perpetual presence. At Eldridge Street, it hangs at the top of the ark, suspended from the mouth of a golden griffin. The ner tamid had to be recreated during the synagogue’s restoration, but there was no original to copy. Lighting designers approximated its appearance from old photographs, and crafted a new eternal light from the basket of the only remaining original crown-and-basket lighting fixture in the sanctuary.

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