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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Rosh Hashanah Recipes for a Sweet New Year

Our Program Director Hanna Griff-Sleven not only cooks up great programs but is a wonderful chef. (Yes, excuse our terrible pun!) Here she shares some delicious dessert recipes that will make your holiday sweet and memorable. Apple Cake for a Sweet New Year This apple cake, adapted from Joan Nathan’s holiday cookbook, is a yummy […]

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Beyond the Facade & Memories of the Lower East Side

This Sunday, September 18, the Museum celebrated the publication of  “Beyond the Facade: A Synagogue, A Restoration, A Legacy.” The book, published just in time for the synagogue’s 125th anniversary year lovingly chronicles the founding, decline and glorious renewal of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. At the event, author Larry Bortniker shared his memories of the […]

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A Photograph from the Archives

With the synagogue so beautifully restored, sometimes we forget how easily it could have been lost. This photograph here, taken by Kate Milford, is a reminder of that precarious time. With holes in the roof, a collapsed stairwell, and peeling-away paint, “the synagogue was held up by strings to heaven,” according to Roberta Brandes Gratz, […]

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A Night Out on the Jewish Rialto

A Night Out on the Jewish Rialto, an event on Thursday, August 11th, honors the lively community of Yiddish theater on the Lower East Side. This event is the brainchild of our wonderful summer interns — Alyssa Constad, Leah Horowitz, David Schlenker, and Julia Gerasimenko. Their mission was to create an inspirational and entertaining  program […]

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Staying Cool for a Nickel

The summer heat is here in full force! If you’ve been reading our blog lately you’ll know we’ve come up with some great ways to beat the heat like a Lower East Side local this summer, and here is our next tip – head to your local movie theater for an afternoon of much-deserved relaxation […]

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Escaping to the Rooftop

“I live in a tent on a rooftop.” “Oh,” is all I could say. “Is that legal?”’ My Parisian friend interning here in New York City for the summer couldn’t say. He rents in NoLita for $500/month. It is a low price for the neighborhood, but a steep price for a tent. My penchant for historical […]

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Refreshing Summertime Recipes

While growing up, the real sign of the start of summer was when my mother would switch from making hot borscht to cold borscht. The recipes for the two are quite different and serve distinct culinary purposes. Warm borscht usually includes some sort of meat and sliced cabbage, making it a hearty meal. Cold borscht is meant […]

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