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A New Gallery for the Museum at Eldridge Street – Interview with Archivist Nancy Johnson

A New Gallery for the Museum at Eldridge Street – Interview with Archivist Nancy Johnson

  This Fall 2016, the Museum at Eldridge introduced The Michael Weinstein Art Gallery. This space provides an exhibition area for rotating collections of art and historical artifacts. In an interview with Museum at Eldridge Street Archivist Nancy Johnson intern Gwendolyn Underwood discovers the goals and future plans for the gallery. GU: What prompted the Museum […]

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High Holiday Journey

High Holiday Journey

Written by Gil Gordon. Gil Gordon has served as a Museum at Eldridge Street docent since 2010. In 1934 two young men, cousins, leave their shtetl in Białystok, Poland, to begin their journey. Their final destination is not clear but they know that Białystok no longer offers them a livelihood and opportunity. Several months later […]

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The Pickle: A Not So Sour Look at the Jewish Immigrant Community of the Lower East Side

The Pickle: A Not So Sour Look at the Jewish Immigrant Community of the Lower East Side

  Horse manure, garbage, and pickles. These were some of the scents that wafted through the air of the Lower East Side in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Pickles were a dietary staple of many immigrants, especially Eastern European Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side. Pickles were easy to eat, cheap, available in all seasons, and they […]

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Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan’s New York

Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan’s New York

While you may have heard of Mordecai Kaplan, founder of Judaism’s Reconstructionist movement and one of the most famous rabbis of the 20th century, did you know that as a boy he worshipped at the Eldridge Street Synagogue? Many people are surprised to discover that Kaplan – the founder of a new denomination within Judaism […]

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Three Kugels – A Foray into Jewish Cooking

Three Kugels – A Foray into Jewish Cooking

All my life, I have explored and savored different cultures through their food. I came to the United States from the Dominican Republic when I was four years old. I held onto my own culture very tightly. I listened to Dominican music, ate the food my mom made, spoke Spanish at home, and made friends with […]

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Docent Experience – Maxine Simson

Docent Experience – Maxine Simson

On my first day as a summer intern at the Museum at Eldridge Street some questions came to mind: “Who are the people that come to the Museum every day, and why do they come here?” Upon my first step into the building I was met by voices of varying cadences talking about their grandchildren, […]

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Becoming American on the Jewish Lower East Side

Becoming American on the Jewish Lower East Side

I recently came across a certificate that my great-grandfather received in September 1931, proclaiming him a naturalized citizen of the United States. More than twenty years had passed since he had arrived on the Lower East Side from Galicia (a former area of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now part of Poland and Ukraine) in 1907 at eleven years […]

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