Discover the history, architecture and spiritual significance of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, the first great house of worship built by East European immigrants in America. The Museum is open Sunday — Thursday from 10am to 5pm, and Friday from 10am to 3pm.
Visit a Yiddish newspaper building, the home of a Jewish gangster, synagogues and dancehalls, and the best pickle shop in NYC. Discover the history and continuing vibrancy of our gateway Lower East Side neighborhood on our neighborhood walking tours.
Concerts, lectures, festivals, and more! Don’t miss our annual Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival in June and other cultural events that draw inspiration from our landmark site and its dynamic immigrant neighborhood.
Bring your students for an unforgettable educational experience. Explore our on-line teacher’s resources. Use our interactive historic map of Lower Manhattan to teach about immigration history.
Calling all Detectives! Go on a hunt for history the second Sunday of each month at 11 am as part of our Preservation Detectives family program. We provide the binoculars, magnifying glass and note pad. You uncover the art, architecture and mystery of our landmark site.
Become a docent and share the story of our landmark building with people from around the world. Gain experience into the workings of a non-profit through our student internship program, and immerse yourself in Jewish history, culture and architecture.
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125th Anniversary Video
By Lindsey Megrue
Learn more about the history and restoration of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue.
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Kiki Smith & Deborah Gans Installation
Come see our newest addition — a monumental new stained-glass window by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans. This permanent artwork is the culminating piece of the Museum’s 20-plus year restoration of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue.
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Our digital displays, created by Potion Design, are truly magical! Explore the sites and streets of the Lower East Side of 100 years ago. Discover synagogues from around the world. Design your own Yiddish newspaper and play other interactive games. The Museum’s digital displays were the recipient of the American Association of Museum’s 2008 Gold Award for Interactive Installation. Also, be sure to spend time in our Family History Center with its display of artifacts from our collection and the Women’s Gallery which is home to an exhibit on the synagogue restoration.
“This palatial Moorish synagogue has been under restoration for the better part of a generation, and the completion of work is genuine cause for celebration…” says Paul Goldberger in The New Yorker.
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