Things we miss: stories in gold silk

Things we miss: stories in gold silk

This post was written by curator and archivist Nancy Johnson.  It’s been many weeks now since we’ve been at the Museum, and I find myself wanting to enjoy some of my favorite artifacts there – not just the items on display in our permanent exhibition, but also some of the treasures that are tucked away […]

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No spitting!

No spitting!

If you’ve been on a historic building tour at the Museum at Eldridge Street, chances are you’ve seen one of these ceramic bowls. Yup, it’s a spittoon — a designated place for people to spit! During the late-19th and early-20th century, spittoons were on floors everywhere – offices, courthouses, restaurants – even the White House. […]

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How is this Seder plate different than other Seder plates?

How is this Seder plate different than other Seder plates?

This post was originally written by Museum intern John Hanson in April 2018. We are reposting with edits for this year’s Passover holiday. Passover is the oldest, continuously celebrated holiday of the Jewish calendar. And it is a holiday commemorated with deep and longstanding traditions. But this year, families are being forced to adapt their […]

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A French Flourless Cake to Bring Comfort & Joy

A French Flourless Cake to Bring Comfort & Joy

This post was written by Museum intern Lila Norris. At a time when it feels as though everything we were looking forward to has been canceled, it can be difficult to remember that life does in fact go on. Spring is still springing outside our windows  and holidays will still take place even if gatherings […]

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