A Year in the Life of a Museum Educator – Interview with Rachel Serkin

A Year in the Life of a Museum Educator – Interview with Rachel Serkin

The Museum at Eldridge Street annually welcomes more than 7,000 K-12 students for programs on Jewish culture and holidays, immigration history and architecture and historic preservation. As the school years draws to a close, Senior Museum Educator Rachel Serkin shares her experience on museum education and what makes for a great Museum tour. Interview by Julia […]

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Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival – A Day of Community and Culture

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival – A Day of Community and Culture

Envisioning a Community Collaboration When I first imagined a Chinese-Jewish Festival over fifteen years ago, I knew that it would be an undoubtedly fantastic event for the neighborhood. Plus, I knew it would be wonderfully relevant to our museum’s celebration of the immigrants who make our neighborhood special. I imagined Chinese and Jewish artists and musicians sitting side […]

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Celebrating the Torah – Shavuot Artifacts from Our Collection

Celebrating the Torah – Shavuot Artifacts from Our Collection

Beginning this evening, Jews around the world will celebrate Shavuot, a holiday which centers around the Torah. From the Star of David to Sabbath candlesticks to a beautiful Passover Seder plate, Jewish tradition is marked by a variety of symbolic and ritual items. Many such pieces of Judaica and Shavuot artifacts are on display at the Museum at Eldridge Street. But […]

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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol  – Reflections Following the Fire

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – Reflections Following the Fire

The report of a three-alarm fire at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue is shocking and saddening. Chilling photographs, including this one here from the Lodownny.com, show the building’s burned interior. Its former Gothic-Revival interior is unrecognizable in the charred remains. Though the synagogue was padlocked shut and in a state of severe deterioration for several years, the […]

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Jailbreaking 22 Eldridge Street

Jailbreaking 22 Eldridge Street

  Although I’m quite familiar with the history of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, I’ve always been curious about another address just up the block–22 Eldridge. To satisfy my curiosity,  I researched the lot. I learned that in the mid-19th century it once held a county jail! The Eldridge Street jail was housed in a three-story structure […]

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A 200-Year-Old Wimpel is a Mother’s Legacy of Love

A 200-Year-Old Wimpel is a Mother’s Legacy of Love

With Mother’s Day approaching, I find myself thinking about a mother I’ve never met. I don’t even know her name, but her handiwork tells me that her son David was born on the 19th day of Cheshvan in the year 5563. In other words, November 15th, 1803. Eight days after his bris (religious circumcision), David’s mother […]

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