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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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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Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival

1,500 kosher vegetarian egg rolls. Check! 200 bottles of Fox’s U-bet syrup. Check! 24 cases of vintage seltzer. Check! 100 pounds of challah dough. Check!  Flying acrobats, klezmorim featuring Michael Winograd and countless mah jongg mavens. Check! We are in high gear for our 13th annual Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival. Our joyous annual festival pays homages to our […]

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Edythe Kerness’s Delicious Matzoh Kugel Recipe

Well, the official name for this recipe is Edythe Kerness’ Passover Cherry/Raisin/Apple Matzoh Kugel That Everyone in Miami is Kvelling Over. That was a little long for our blog post title but we think you should know.  Edythe Kerness (pictured here), is the mother of the Museum’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Eva Brune, and […]

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