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July 12: The Yahrzeit of a “Fiery Jewish Girl”

July 12: The Yahrzeit of a “Fiery Jewish Girl”

This blog post was written by Museum intern Dalia Rubinstein. On July 12, 37 years ago, the world lost a Lower East Sider whose chutzpah changed life for many immigrants of her time. Clara Lemlich, although not a household name today, was one of the  “farbrente Yidishe meydlekh” [“fiery Jewish girls”] who made a strong […]

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Teacher Spotlight: Art and History with Anna Melo

Teacher Spotlight: Art and History with Anna Melo

When most of our students visit the Museum at Eldridge Street it is for a one-time program; they visit our space and connect with our educators for an hour or two. There isn’t often the opportunity to work with classes for an extended period of time. Fortunately, that is where the CASA (Cultural Afterschool Adventures) […]

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Rachel Asarnow’s Papercut Art is a Visual Feast

Rachel Asarnow’s Papercut Art is a Visual Feast

This interview was conducted by Jake Rosenberg. Jake is a playwright, folklorist, producer, and founder of American Lore Theater. Discover more about him at www.metarosenberg.com. Rachel Asarnow leads me up the stairs. “It’s beautiful, but isolated here.” I had come to visit her in her workshop in Maplewood, New Jersey, covered in trees and beautiful greenery on a […]

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An American Jew Reclaims Her Russian-Chinese Heritage

An American Jew Reclaims Her Russian-Chinese Heritage

This piece was written by Irene Clurman. A version of it originally appeared on Jewish&. Read the original version at My Jewish Learning. Many American Jewish families treasure a pair of Shabbat candlesticks, a prayer shawl, or a dog-eared Hebrew prayer book from the old country. But when I was growing up, the most precious […]

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