Chinatown Arts Week brings the community together

Chinatown Arts Week brings the community together

This year has been especially tough for so many people. And adding to the stress of world events is the isolation we’re experiencing as we safely socially distance and shelter in our homes whenever possible. It can make us feel disconnected and alone. Which is why Chinatown Arts Week, Think!Chinatown’s arts and culture festival currently […]

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Sister Shuls: Tempio Maggiore, Florence

Sister Shuls: Tempio Maggiore, Florence

In “Sister Shuls,” we travel virtually to other synagogues whose exuberant architecture has a kinship with our landmark home, the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Our virtual travels around the globe bring us this time to Italy and the spectacular Tempio Maggiore, the Great Synagogue of Florence.  At first glance this massive building seems to have little […]

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Jewish Designers Used to Set the Fashion Trends in Berlin

Jewish Designers Used to Set the Fashion Trends in Berlin

Berlin, 1920s. Bustling streets, high spirits and even higher ambitions. Just like in America, the 20s in Berlin were roaring. Social strictures were loosening, there was an energy in the air, and creative industries boomed. Women were cutting their hair, shortening their skirts, and living free, or freeer, social lives. And fashion was at the […]

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Conjuring old Sukkot traditions in a changed world

Conjuring old Sukkot traditions in a changed world

The Museum at Eldridge street has been closed, due to the coronavirus pandemic, for over six months. Our staff and docents miss so much about being at the Museum every day – meeting new visitors from around the world, sharing a transportive experience together, relishing the calm and  beauty of the historic sanctuary. And we […]

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Sister Shuls: The Blue Synagogue in Mumbai

Sister Shuls: The Blue Synagogue in Mumbai

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, we’ve traveled to Prague and Budapest looking at beautiful synagogues that remind us, in some ways, of Eldridge Street. Today’s virtual journey was inspired by an Instagram follower, and it […]

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The Cantor Who Found America Lacking

The Cantor Who Found America Lacking

Today is the 133rd anniversary of the famed cantor Pinhas Minkowsky arriving in America at the commission of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. In honor of the anniversary, we’re reposting this blog originally written by Museum intern Luc Moison. Minkowsky stepped foot on American soil for the first time on September 16th, 1887. By then, he […]

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The Jewish Roots of Labor Day

The Jewish Roots of Labor Day

In honor of Labor Day and the recent anniversary of the sweatshop workers strike, we are reposting this article originally written by Eva Brune. On September 4 in 1894, more than 12,000 New York State tailors – 4,000 from New York City alone — went on strike to protest the sweatshop conditions in which they […]

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Happy 133rd anniversary!

Happy 133rd anniversary!

This Friday, September 4th, is perhaps the biggest day of the year at 12 Eldridge Street. On that day in 1887, the Eldridge Street Synagogue officially opened to the public. That makes us 133 years young this week! And with our temporary closure still in effect, this might be the first September in 133 years […]

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Sister Shuls:  Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest

Sister Shuls: Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest

In “Sister Shuls,” we travel virtually to other synagogues whose exuberant architecture has a kinship with our landmark home, the Eldridge Street Synagogue. After visiting the Jerusalem Street Synagogue in Prague for our first “Sister Shuls” journey, a bit more cyber travel landed me in Budapest, Hungary at the Dohány Street Synagogue. That destination was […]

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The Hester Street Fair is back!

What did you do this weekend? As the months of the pandemic move along, we have options! It is becoming a little easier to venture outside of our apartments and our neighborhoods, and I am excited to see local favorites around the city beginning to reopen and revive. From my favorite Chinatown restaurants that now […]

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