Docent Spotlight – Herb Kass

For 125 years, the Eldridge Street Synagogue has been collecting stories: memories of life in a faraway country, the struggle of moving to America, the heyday of the Jewish Lower East Side and even life in the neighborhood today. These stories are what give meaning to the building, stories that are literally told by the […]

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A Bintel Brief – Interview with artist Liana Finck

On Wednesday, March 21 the Museum will exhibit work from Liana Finck’s graphic novel-in progress based on the Bintel Brief, the beloved Yiddish advice column of The Forverts newspaper. When I first saw Finck’s drawings I was taken with the range of emotions she was able to express with her beautiful drawings and text. Also, I […]

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Happy Presidents’ Day

Happy Presidents’ Day from the Museum at Eldridge Street! When I think of Presidents’ Day, I think of George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson – the founding fathers of our country, individuals whose ideas and values shaped the American landscape. Transported back to my American History course, buzz words: liberty, freedom & pride, rest on […]

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Love in the Time of Internet: Story Slam

Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 8 PM at Museum at Eldridge Street Got great stories about looking for the one on-line? The Museum at Eldridge Street is hosting a story slam on searching for love on the internet. Participants can bring friends and share their best, bad dating stories and triumphs at this Moth-inspired story […]

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It’s a Challahxplosion!

There’s always one surefire way to know that the Museum at Eldridge Street is gearing up for a big party – a fridge full of challah! Join us this Sunday at 1pm for our Tu B’Shevat festival – where we’ll turn these big lumps of dough into delicious challah bread! While you’re at it, enjoy […]

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Eldridge Street’s Rabbi Yudelovitch- Between Admiration and Controversy

“A kindly-looking, gray-haired, white-whiskered old gentleman,” Abraham Aaron Yudelovitch was a famous Talmudic scholar and a preacher that served as a rabbi at the Eldridge Street Synagogue.[1] Professor Kimmy Caplan, a noted Jewish historian in Jerusalem, has called him “the most fascinating, brilliant and controversial rabbi of the 20th century.”[2] Born in Novardok, Russia in […]

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125th Anniversary Cornerstone Celebration

Sunday, November 13th, we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of New York City’s Eldridge Street Synagogue and paid tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who settled on the Lower East Side. Our event was modeled on cornerstone celebrations of a century ago and blended historical and contemporary culture. The celebration […]

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Recipes for Giving Thanks

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, our program director and food maven Hanna Griff-Sleven remembers the tastes of her family celebrations. When my mother was a child, and her family was newly arrived in Portland, Maine from Lithuainia, they didn’t understand Thanksgiving at first.  After my mother, uncle and aunt begged and begged my […]

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