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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The Herter Brothers: Architects of Eldridge Street

By Sara Lowenburg When I am leading tours at Eldridge Street, I love to share that this synagogue was built by the Herter Brothers, two German Catholic architects who had never built a synagogue before! Beyond that fact, I did not know much more about them, but I have always been curious to learn more […]

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From Bukhara to Corona: Congregation Tifereth Israel

By Julie Hartman Our neighborhood synagogue profile series continues with Congregation Tifereth Israel, located across the East River from Eldridge Street in Corona, Queens. Built in 1911, Tifereth Israel was Queens County’s first synagogue, and the site of Long Island’s first mikvah. In the first half of the 20th century, Corona was home to two […]

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Our Top 8 Movies About the Lower East Side

By Julie Hartman We continue our round-up of great films and books about the Lower East Side. Check out both our Favorite Young Adult Books about the Lower East Side and Favorite Kids Books about the Lower East Side.  Coming up are favorite books for grown-ups about this iconic NYC  neighborhood.  Hester Street: Directed by Abraham […]

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6 Great Young Adult Books about the Lower East Side & Brooklyn

By Julie Hartman Last week we focused on great Lower East side books for young children, this week we focus on literary selections young adult readers will love hand-picked by Museum at Eldridge Street staff. Grown-ups will enjoy them, too! (1) The Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska The Museum at Eldridge Street’s Deputy Director, Amy Stein-Milford, […]

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Tzedakah Box Secrets at Eldridge Street

  Here at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a historic Tzedakah box holds all kinds of stories about the original congregants, and provides us with hints about how they lived and what they held dear.   This Tzedakah box–or “donation container”–is very different from standard Tzedakah boxes: it has six separate openings to represent six different […]

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8 Great Children’s Books about the Lower East Side

By Julie Hartman Lower East Side cultural education extends far beyond tours and museum programming here at Eldridge Street. Younger children will love these literary selections hand-picked by Museum at Eldridge Street staff: (1)   All of a Kind Family by Sidney Taylor: This beloved 1951 children’s classic is the number one kids’s book choice for many of […]

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Lower East Side Synagogues: Focus on the Stanton Street Shul

By Julie Hartman This summer we’ll be visiting some of the other synagogues that are still in operation on the Lower East Side. Congregation B’nai Jacob Anshei Brzezan–known to the neighborhood as the Stanton Street Shul—has entered its centennial year as one of the Lower East Side’s continuously active orthodox synagogues. It has become spiritual […]

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