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Power and Poignancy: A Conversation with Eldridge’s Exhibition Curator

Power and Poignancy: A Conversation with Eldridge’s Exhibition Curator

On Thursday, September 14th, the museum opened a brand new exhibition entitled Rediscovery, Restoration and Renewal: The Eldridge Street Synagogue in Photographs. For visitors, myself included, who have only experienced the museum’s sanctuary as a beautifully restored space, it’s hard to imagine all that beauty is the result of a restoration project that wrapped up […]

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Life Under the Heavens: Depicting Stars in Sacred Sites

Life Under the Heavens: Depicting Stars in Sacred Sites

At the Eldridge Street Synagogue, stars are a dominant design feature of the sanctuary. Gold five-pointed stars dot fields of rich blue. They fill the domes of the sanctuary, shining as they reflect warm light from the chandeliers below. These stars, particularly visible from the woman’s balcony, reference Jewish scripture. They also express the newly-formed […]

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Memories of the East Bronx and Beyond

Memories of the East Bronx and Beyond

By Gil Gordon, Museum at Eldridge Street Docent Junior High School 123 opened for business in September 1953. I was part of the first 7th-grade class. Our homeroom teacher was Ms. O’Grady. My best friends were Len and Mike. Since the school was new there weren’t enough chairs in our homeroom, so Len, Mike and […]

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Lost Synagogues of Europe: Three Synagogues that Survived

Lost Synagogues of Europe: Three Synagogues that Survived

Now through September 8, 2017, the Museum at Eldridge Street is hosting Lost Synagogues of Europe: Eastern European Jewish Postcards from the Collection of František Bányai. This exhibition showcases a fantastic collection of historical images of synagogues in Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and the former Czechoslovakia which speak of an era long past. They also speak […]

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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol  – Reflections Following the Fire

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – Reflections Following the Fire

The report of a three-alarm fire at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue is shocking and saddening. Chilling photographs, including this one here from the Lodownny.com, show the building’s burned interior. Its former Gothic-Revival interior is unrecognizable in the charred remains. Though the synagogue was padlocked shut and in a state of severe deterioration for several years, the […]

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A Night Out on the Jewish Rialto

A Night Out on the Jewish Rialto, an event on Thursday, August 11th, honors the lively community of Yiddish theater on the Lower East Side. This event is the brainchild of our wonderful summer interns — Alyssa Constad, Leah Horowitz, David Schlenker, and Julia Gerasimenko. Their mission was to create an inspirational and entertaining  program […]

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Refreshing Summertime Recipes

While growing up, the real sign of the start of summer was when my mother would switch from making hot borscht to cold borscht. The recipes for the two are quite different and serve distinct culinary purposes. Warm borscht usually includes some sort of meat and sliced cabbage, making it a hearty meal. Cold borscht is meant […]

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Vintage Summer Amusements: Ice Cream

Happy summer solstice everyone! Since today marks the beginning of the long, hot, sticky months on the Lower East Side, we at the Museum thought a little research about what life was like back in the turn-of-the-century summers would be appropriate. How did local residents beat the heat before air conditioned subways, ceiling fans, or […]

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Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival ’11

I have heard many times that smell is the best sense at triggering memories. Sunday’s 11th annual Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival was filled with all types of sensory reminders of times and places that are uniquely brought together and represented on the Lower East Side, specifically on Eldridge Street. The clic-clac of the […]

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