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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Behind the Scenes of our Synagogue Restoration

When people come to the Eldridge Street Synagogue they are wowed by the beautiful main sanctuary. What they don’t see right away is the care and deliberation that went into restoring it. Here I wanted to share special areas in the synagogue that reveal our preservation philosophy – one that focuses on authenticity and the […]

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Shedding Light

Allen Mogol, a friend of the Museum, shares his thoughts about Adult Education at Eldridge Street. If you’ve ever been to the Museum at Eldridge Street, you know that every visit is a step back in time. You can almost hear the whispers of the synagogue’s founders as you walk in their footsteps. Your eyes […]

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