" It is possible to be awestruck by the exotic splendor of this meticulously restored sanctuary."

Edward Rothstein, New York Times




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Rose Window

Original design, 1887; restored 1986-2007
Leaded stained glass with modern additions
Diameter, approximately 16 feet

A rose window in a synagogue? This Gothic architectural feature is
usually associated with Christian cathedrals, but was borrowed by the
synagogue’s architects, Peter and Francis Herter. As recent German
immigrants who were Catholic, they drew elements from architectural
styles they had seen in their homeland and from new synagogues and
churches in New York City. They melded together Gothic, Romanesque and
Moorish elements, adding Jewish touches to create a wholly unique design
for Eldridge Street.

From the outside, the rose window automatically signals a house of
worship and the Stars of David in its stained glass identify the
building as a synagogue. Inside, the grand scale of the rose window
complements the other stained glass panels and gives the vast interior
space of the sanctuary a focal point on its western wall.

During the restoration process, each segment of this window was
removed, cleaned, releaded, reconstructed and reset into its heavy stone

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