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A French Flourless Cake to Bring Comfort & Joy

A French Flourless Cake to Bring Comfort & Joy

This post was written by Museum intern Lila Norris. At a time when it feels as though everything we were looking forward to has been canceled, it can be difficult to remember that life does in fact go on. Spring is still springing outside our windows  and holidays will still take place even if gatherings […]

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“Avoid getting wet”: how historic NYC dealt with disease

“Avoid getting wet”: how historic NYC dealt with disease

This post was written by Museum intern Lila Norris. As the novel Coronavirus continues to spread around the world, daily life in New York City has been completely upended. Businesses, bars, restaurants, schools and museums have been forced to close their doors. Although these feel like entirely unprecedented times, the city has experienced public health […]

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Hamantaschen’s New York Times debut

Hamantaschen’s New York Times debut

Not everyone dresses up for Purim or even knows the Purim story. But one culinary tradition of the holiday seems to have transcended all other elements of the springtime holiday. That’s right, I’m talkin’ hamantaschen. Seeking out or making your own little Purim cookies around this time has become its own tradition. They’re a beloved […]

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Banking swag from 100 years ago

Banking swag from 100 years ago

The digital age has changed a lot about our lives. Take banking, for example. Once upon a time, nearly every wage-earning employee was handed a physical check on payday that needed to be deposited or cashed at a bank branch or check cashing business. To spend money, you needed to withdraw cash from a bank […]

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Crisco to the Rescue: Marketing to American Jews

Crisco to the Rescue: Marketing to American Jews

In the 1930s, one American brand boldly declared that they had delivered something “the Hebrew race has been waiting 4,000” for – Crisco. Yes! Finally, Proctor and Gamble was giving Jewish kitchens an all-vegetable cooking fat that could be used in kosher cooking of any kind. They were likely right that kosher cooks would benefit […]

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At Eldridge Street, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing

At Eldridge Street, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing

This blog post is adapted from a piece originally written in February 2018.  It doesn’t need to be Valentine’s Day for us to feel love in the air at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Our 133-year-old landmark building inspires effusive language from anyone who visits – and who could blame them? The sanctuary’s sumptuous decorative […]

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Pickles, Podcasts & Pizza: Valentine’s Gifts from the LES

Pickles, Podcasts & Pizza: Valentine’s Gifts from the LES

Next week is Valentine’s Day, and whether you celebrate with a romantic partner or your best pals (that’d be Palentine’s Day), you might want a gift to elicit warm & fuzzy feelings. So we’re reposting this neighborhood guide that we originally shared during the Hanukkah/Christmas season. Only fun NYC options here! These gifts have all […]

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Eat, Darling, Eat: Stories of Moms & Meals

Eat, Darling, Eat: Stories of Moms & Meals

Nearly everyone’s got a story about moms and food. There are the glowing memories, about how your mother made the world’s best latkes or the town favorite chili. But there’s another side to that coin, too – maybe your mom was the worst cook in the world but set the best take-out table this side […]

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