Look through those old letters!

Look through those old letters!

When my father passed away two and a half years ago, we had to clear out our family home. My family had lived there for about 54 years and in addition to the regular family detritus, somehow we had become the clearing house for stuff from our extended family and friends of family, too! It […]

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Recipe for a Sweet New Year

Rosh Hashanah is a time for prayer, reflection and getting together with family members and eating. One of the many food customs for the holiday is eating round foods (representing the circle of life), apples (celebrating the food of the season) and honey (ensuring a sweet new year). About two weeks ago I was working […]

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11 Years in 11 Weeks!

Our wonderful summer interns, Emilie Amar-Zifkin and Rachel Wetter, continue their conversation about translating an Eldridge Street Synagogue minute book that is written in a maddening mix of Yiddish, Hebrew, German, English and Yinglish. We are amazed and completely delighted that they have gotten through an entire volume — 11 years of meetings in just […]

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Yiddish Translations

Over the years, we’ve learned so much about the Eldridge Street Synagogue and its congregants from the Yiddish minute books in our archives, which contain records of meetings of synagogue leaders. Although the earlier years have been translated, much remains to be done. Enter our summer interns: Emilie Amar-Zifkin is a Stage Management and Theology […]

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A Recipe for a Delicious 4th of July

A Recipe for a Delicious 4th of July

Program Director Hanna Griff-Sleven shares her favorite kosher July 4th recipe. Happy Independence Day! My mother would make this dish when she had her friends over for lunch or dinner and for family parties in the summer. I remember it especially on July 4th as it was my grandparents wedding anniversary. More often than not […]

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