Landmark of the Spirit

Landmark of the Spirit

Walls don’t talk but buildings do tell stories. Learn to read the architecture and design of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and discover its fascinating past. Decipher clues about immigrant life, uncover evidence of the building’s decline, and find out how a 19th century synagogue became a 21st century treasure. Supports NY State Learning Standards, Themes […]

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Thanksgivukkah Celebration! A Two-Hour Holiday Special

Thanksgivukkah Celebration! A Two-Hour Holiday Special

What do you do when Thanksgiving and Chanukah fall on the same date? You light the menorah, baste the turkey, and celebrate – what else? – Thanksgivukkah! Catch the Thanksgivukkah spirit at Eldridge Street. Make Thanksgiving gelt, holiday art, and join the Great Dreidel Scavenger Hunt. You just might find a turkey along the way. […]

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Klez for Kids & Synagogue Tours

Klez for Kids & Synagogue Tours

The Museum is open all day on December 25. We will offer synagogue tours at 10, 11, 12, & 2 pm and family-friendly scavenger hunts throughout the day. At 1 pm, sing, dance and learn Yiddish at our annual family concert. Clarinetist Greg Wall and his band Klezmerfest lead the audience on a musical tour […]

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Synagogues of the Lower East Side

By Sophie Kaufman This past summer, Museum at Eldridge Street’s Education and Programs Associate Sara Lowenburg set out to make a map of the Lower East Side synagogues for our visitors. She decided to create the map after receiving a constant query from visitors: Beyond the Eldridge Street Synagogue are any Jewish religious and cultural […]

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Election Day: Then and Now

By Sophie Kaufman This Election Day, as we cast our vote, monitor the results through a myriad of media, and air our own thoughts on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, I like to think about what Election Day meant to the recent immigrants who prayed at the Eldridge Street Synagogue. For many it […]

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Tsimis Recipe and Rosh Hashanah Memories

How do you spell “tzimmis?” This question may stir up as much debate as the National Spelling Bee’s spelling of “knaidel.” Or “kneydl” according to YIVO, the go-to source for all things Yiddish. (Which is why we’re trying all of the “tsimmes” spelling variations in this blog post.) Also controversial: How do you prepare this […]

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