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Hamantaschen’s New York Times debut

Hamantaschen’s New York Times debut

This blog post originally ran in March 2020. We’re reposting today, with some edits. Enjoy! Not everyone dresses up for Purim or even knows the Purim story. But one culinary tradition seems to have transcended all other elements of the early springtime holiday. Even if you’re not Jewish, there’s a chance you know one thing […]

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Sister Shuls: Spanish Synagogue in Prague, Czech Republic

Sister Shuls: Spanish Synagogue in Prague, Czech Republic

Over the past several months, we’ve traveled virtually to every continent except Antarctica visiting synagogues that have some sort of kinship with Eldridge Street. Today we’ll return to Prague, this time to the Spanish Synagogue. It’s time for Sister Shuls: Horror Vacui edition! Horror vacui is a Latin term meaning for “fear of empty space” […]

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A Very Local V-Day Gift Guide

A Very Local V-Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! And this year I think we can all get behind any reason to bring love and joy into our lives. Whether you celebrate with a romantic partner or your best pals (that’d be Palentine’s Day), a surprise gift can elicit warm & fuzzy feelings. So we’re sharing this […]

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Early Jewish Life, on the Hudson

Early Jewish Life, on the Hudson

This blog post is written by Museum intern Kathryn Norris. Jewish-American origin stories often start with the waves of immigration to the U.S. in the 18th, and especially in the 19th, centuries. But Jewish life in America existed long before this. In fact, the earliest known Jewish story (in what would eventually become the United […]

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Sister Shuls: Ashkenazi Synagogue in Istanbul, Turkey

In “Sister Shuls,” we travel virtually to other synagogues whose exuberant architecture has a kinship with our landmark home, the Eldridge Street Synagogue. As we cyber-travel around the world finding “Sister Shuls” for Eldridge Street, sometimes the kinship is subtle. Other times, it screams out. Today we land in Istanbul at the Ashkenazi Synagogue. From […]

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Menorahs Go Millennial

Menorahs Go Millennial

Menorahs are customizable. They’re not quite as unique as snowflakes (we’ve all seen our share of the classic minimal brass menorah), but there is a huge variety in their size, form and function. Since antiquity, menorah makers have been adjusting or embellishing the basic nine-candle form. Sometimes the design expresses the region where it was […]

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Is pie the paragon of American sloth?

Is pie the paragon of American sloth?

Pie – baseball’s delicious counterpart in American iconography. More than any other dessert, pie feels traditional. Even historic. There’s something about pie that carries the weight not only of its flaky crust and sugary filling but of the symbolism of an ideal, wholesome America. It’s so entrenched in our national culture that it feels almost […]

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LED Lights Now Shine in the Shul

LED Lights Now Shine in the Shul

It’s been three years since our historic sanctuary received a major sustainable upgrade. The lighting projet paired brand new technology with old-world sensibility – and it honor of the anniversary we’re reposting the blog that announced the project’s completion. This post originally ran on November 8, 2017. The Museum’s delicate lighting fixtures are small but […]

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Sister Shuls: Eliyahu Hanavi in Alexandria, Egypt

Sister Shuls: Eliyahu Hanavi in Alexandria, Egypt

In “Sister Shuls,” we travel virtually to other synagogues whose exuberant architecture has a kinship with our landmark home, the Eldridge Street Synagogue. So far in our cyber searching for Sister Shuls, we’ve traveled to Prague, Budapest, Mumbai and Florence. This time we’ve landed in Alexandria, Egypt at the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue. A synagogue has […]

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