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Jews in New York – before it was even called New York

Jews in New York – before it was even called New York

This post was written by Dina Posner, an intern at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Dina is a candidate for a Masters degree in Historic Preservation at Pratt Institute.    Our Museum’s building represents a major Jewish “first” – built in 1887, the Eldridge Street Synagogue was the first great house of worship built in America […]

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The hamentashen worth getting on a plane for

The hamentashen worth getting on a plane for

This blog was originally posted in March 2017 by Museum intern Rachel Hoffman. With Purim coming up again, we thought we’d repost this short and sweet family story from our former Visitor Services Associate Sharon Stein. Enjoy! Sharon Lotman Stein is the first person you meet when you enter the Museum at Eldridge Street. She […]

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Women Take the Lead at Eldridge Street

Women Take the Lead at Eldridge Street

In celebration of an upcoming anniversary at Eldridge, we’re reposting this blog post, originally written in February 2017 by Taylor Baker.  On this day, we remember the formation of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Formed February 16, 1919, the all-female committee arose during a time of flux within the synagogue itself, and […]

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Why does the wall look like THAT?

Why does the wall look like THAT?

Gothamist has a great new series called WHY?, where they ask some burning questions about the people, places, and things of our city. Last week’s WHY? asked a question about Grand Central Terminal but the exact same question could have been asked in the sanctuary at the Museum at Eldridge Street – why is there […]

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Judith: Female Strength in Myth and Menorahs

Judith: Female Strength in Myth and Menorahs

This post was written by Museum intern Leena Zelman. As we are getting ready for our upcoming exhibition Lighting the World: Menorahs Around the Globe, we cannot help but notice the depiction of a female heroine on so many of these menorahs. As we pour over research on international Hanukah customs, and sort through the […]

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Griff Family Recipes for a Sweet New Year

Griff Family Recipes for a Sweet New Year

This post was adapted from a piece originally published in 2011. The Museum’s former Program Director, Hanna Griff-Sleven, not only cooked up great programs (including our signature Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival!) but is a wonderful chef, too. In this post from 2011, she shares some delicious dessert recipes that will make your […]

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This Day in History: STRIKE!

This Day in History: STRIKE!

This post was written by Eva Brune. On September 4 in 1894, more than 12,000 New York area tailors – 4,000 from New York City alone — went on strike to protest the sweatshop conditions in which they had to work. Many of them Jewish from the Lower East Side, the workers struck to demand […]

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Talking Tech Shabbats with Tiffany Shlain

Talking Tech Shabbats with Tiffany Shlain

At a program this Wednesday, May 23, we’re exploring our modern-day obsession with and idolatry of technology. But I couldn’t wait until Wednesday to hear a bit from one of our panelists, Tiffany Shlain. Tiffany’s been thinking and writing about tech since the 1980s, and through her films and other work she explores how tech is […]

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