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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LED Lights Now Shine in the Shul

LED Lights Now Shine in the Shul

The Museum’s delicate lighting fixtures are small but mighty. Each lampshade is just one handheld piece of glass, but experienced in total, the 300+ glass lampshades create an stunning effect. These glass art pieces surround the columns that stretch 50 feet to the ceiling, they line the outer walls of the sanctuary, and in the […]

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A Sukkot Staple Returns to the Neighborhood

A Sukkot Staple Returns to the Neighborhood

A Sukkot staple is back in the Lower East Side and they’re ready to provide for all of your holiday needs. The stand, on the corner of Canal and East Broadway, is a family business and has been supplying Sukkot products for Jewish communities in the neighborhood and across the city for over 40 years. […]

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Power and Poignancy: A Conversation with Eldridge’s Exhibition Curator

Power and Poignancy: A Conversation with Eldridge’s Exhibition Curator

On Thursday, September 14th, the museum opened a brand new exhibition entitled Rediscovery, Restoration and Renewal: The Eldridge Street Synagogue in Photographs. For visitors, myself included, who have only experienced the museum’s sanctuary as a beautifully restored space, it’s hard to imagine all that beauty is the result of a restoration project that wrapped up […]

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Life Under the Heavens: Depicting Stars in Sacred Sites

Life Under the Heavens: Depicting Stars in Sacred Sites

At the Eldridge Street Synagogue, stars are a dominant design feature of the sanctuary. Gold five-pointed stars dot fields of rich blue. They fill the domes of the sanctuary, shining as they reflect warm light from the chandeliers below. These stars, particularly visible from the woman’s balcony, reference Jewish scripture. They also express the newly-formed […]

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New York City’s Jewish Museums

New York City’s Jewish Museums

As the city with the world’s largest Jewish population, New York City boasts several Jewish museums. Each chronicles different aspects of the Jewish experience. The most prominent museums are the Jewish Museum on the Upper East Side, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park, the Center For Jewish History in Chelsea and of course […]

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