Fun Facts

Are you a history buff? Take our quiz.

The Eldridge Street Synagogue opened in 1887. What else was happening in the 1880s?

  • Grover Cleveland was serving his first term as President of the United States
  • The Statue of Liberty was delivered to New York Harbor
  • A pharmacist created Coca-Cola as a “headache tonic”
  • All of the above

The architect who built the Eldridge Street Synagogue was:

  • Leopold Eidlitz, Jewish architect who designed the former Temple Emanu-El
  • Stanford White of famed architectural firm McKim, Mead and White
  • Peter and Francis Herter, tenement builders

Before it opened its doors in 1887, the synagogue’s most important – and expensive – hire was this position:

  • Rabbi
  • Cantor
  • Shammes (caretaker)

How much did a seat at the Eldridge Street Synagogue cost back in 1887?

  • $10
  • $100
  • $1,100
  • All of the above

Any famous parishioners?

  • Free-thinker Emma Goldman
  • Gangster Meyer Lansky
  • Scientist Jonas Salk
  • All of the above

In what year did, Sarah Gellis became the first woman member of the Eldridge Street Synagogue?

  • 1889
  • 1919
  • 1939
  • 1959

The congregation proudly displayed the flag of this country for all the neighborhood to see:

  • Israel
  • Russia
  • United States
  • All of the Above

Want to learn more?

Explore our website and blog, which are chock full of great historical information. And take a tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and learn about NYC immigrant history. Offered Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 5pm and Friday from 10am to 3pm.