Celia Dropkin: A Poetic Voice from the Past

Celia Dropkin: A Poetic Voice from the Past

By Meredith Carroll, Museum at Eldridge Street summer intern “I am an acrobat, and I dance between daggers erected in the ring tips up. My lithe body—​barely touching the blades—​ eludes death-​by-​falling.” So begins Yiddish poet Celia Dropkin’s “The Acrobat” (you can find the full text, along with other poems, here.) Written during the early […]

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Keeping Kosher on the Lower East Side

Keeping Kosher on the Lower East Side

By Meredith Carroll, Museum at Eldridge Street summer intern As recently as ten years ago, a handful of kosher restaurants remained on the historically Jewish Lower East Side. This June, the last one — Shalom Chai Pizza — closed its doors. To some, its closure marks the end of an era. This was the era […]

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Sender Jarmulowsky: A Synagogue Founder’s Story

Sender Jarmulowsky: A Synagogue Founder’s Story

A key challenge for a historic site is bringing to life the people who were once associated with the building. Here at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a diverse cast of characters prayed, socialized, debated and made their mark on the building and the larger Lower East Side Jewish community. One of the most intriguing characters, […]

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Docents Explore Our New Permanent Exhibition

Docents Explore Our New Permanent Exhibition

By Meredith Carroll When I arrived at the Museum at Eldridge Street nearly two weeks ago, I was greeted by the hum of drills and a whiff of paint. Installers were hard at work on our new permanent exhibit, slated to open this Thursday. Over time, though, the activity has died down.Today it is opening. […]

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Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival – Through the Generations

Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival – Through the Generations

By Hanna Griff-Sleven, Director of Cultural Programs & Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival Coordinator The Museum at Eldridge Street’s annual Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival demonstrates the diversity and the connections between the Jewish community that founded the Eldridge Street Synagogue in 1887 and the Chinese community that live and work on the block […]

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5 Great Places to Find Historic NYC Photos

By Sophie Kaufman At Eldridge Street, we are often looking for great historic photographs that help tell the story of our landmark site, the historic Lower East Side, and immigration to New York City. Here we share five of our favorite on-line historic photo resources perfect for uncovering vintage photographs, newspaper clippings, videos, recordings and […]

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From the Archives: Saving a Lower East Side Landmark

By Museum Deputy Director, Amy Stein-Milford While conducting research for a new exhibition that will open at the Museum this spring, I can across an article from the 1970s. It describes the Eldridge Street Synagogue when it was at its most precarious.  It includes an interview with Professor Gerard Wolfe, who was then writing a book […]

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