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Step Away From the Screen on Friday, March 9th

Step Away From the Screen on Friday, March 9th

This post was written by intern John Hanson. The Sabbath is perhaps the most visible tradition of Jewish culture. Even those who don’t know much about the religion or its many traditions probably know the basic idea behind keeping Sabbath. It’s well known that on Saturdays, observant Jews abstain from work, retreat from stress, and […]

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A Fond Farewell to Our Hanna Griff-Sleven

A Fond Farewell to Our Hanna Griff-Sleven

By Courtney Byrne-Michelle and Eva Brune.   “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” – Anais Nin Sixteen years ago Hanna Griff-Sleven, Director of Cultural Programs & Internships, was like a kite […]

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Love, Year-Round at Eldridge

Love, Year-Round at Eldridge

It doesn’t need to be Valentine’s Day for us to feel love in the air at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Our 131-year-old landmark building inspires effusive language from anyone who visits – and who could blame them? The sanctuary’s sumptuous decorative motifs are really quite romantic. After all, the interior was specifically designed to […]

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Over 100 Menorahs Light Up the Museum

Over 100 Menorahs Light Up the Museum

This post was written by intern John Hanson. If you follow us on social media, you’ve probably already heard the news – The Museum at Eldridge Street has opened a sprawling new exhibition, featuring over 100 menorahs displayed in the historic main sanctuary. It’s called Let There Be Light – A Whole Lotta Light! and it […]

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Chanukah Shopping You Can Feel Good About

Chanukah Shopping You Can Feel Good About

This post was written by interns John Hanson and Eliana Schechter. Each Chanukah, we remember how the Maccabees stood up for what they believed in – and today we continue that tradition of supporting our favorite causes. Our Museum has a great shop full of gifts that will not only please everyone on your list, […]

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Giving Thanks for Ma, and Her Turkey, on her Yarzheit

Giving Thanks for Ma, and Her Turkey, on her Yarzheit

This post is written by Hanna Griff-Sleven, Director of Cultural Programs and Intern Coordinator at the Museum at Eldridge Street. My mother died on the 5th of Kislev in 1991 (November 12th) and this year her Yarzheit (the anniversary of her death) is on Thanksgiving. The Jewish calendar is a lunar one and every few years […]

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Ruth Taube, Superstar Sewing Teacher

Ruth Taube, Superstar Sewing Teacher

This post was written by Nancy Beiles, Family Programs Coordinator at the Museum.   You’ll find Ruth Taube’s domain a few blocks from the East River, down in the basement of the Vladeck Houses, just past the Meals on Wheels office in a warren of rooms overstuffed with fabric remnants, giant spools of thread, racks […]

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