Our Own Red Carpet

Years ago, when we were doing our first tours of our historic home, the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, we had a list of celebrities who we thought might have been congregants here, among them actors Edward G. Robinson and Paul Muni, and Jonas Salk who developed the polio vaccine. While these accomplished men did live nearby, we never discovered concrete proof that they had set foot in our building. But we do have an impressive list of stars who have — with pictures to prove it! Over the years, our site has become a sought-after site for film and TV shoots. Let’s take a look.


When they needed to question an Orthodox rabbi, Holmes (right, played by Johnny Lee Miller) and Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond), came to Eldridge Street.  (This season 3 episode of Elementary was entitled “Rip Off.”)

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In an episode entitled “The Alchemist” last season on The Blacklist, Red (James Spader) and Liz (Megan Boone) have a meeting in the most discreet place they can find — the Eldridge Street Synagogue.

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Gwenyth Paltrow was our guest while filming Who Do You Think You Are?, the TLC genealogy series. Sitting on the bimah in our main sanctuary, the Oscar winning actress talked about discovering her Jewish roots.

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Several seasons ago on Boardwalk Empire, a young Al Capone (played by Stephen Graham) had a coming of age moment at a bar mitzvah shot in our sanctuary.  From then on, Capone foregoes his youthful beanie and instead dons a fedora.



Academy-Award winning actor Joel Gray and legendary violinist Itzhak Itzak Perlman were in the house last summer to record segments for Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot for Channel Thirteen’s Great Performances Series.



Have you seen a star at Eldridge Street?  Let us know.



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