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.