Memories of the East Bronx and Beyond

Memories of the East Bronx and Beyond

By Gil Gordon, Museum at Eldridge Street Docent Junior High School 123 opened for business in September 1953. I was part of the first 7th-grade class. Our homeroom teacher was Ms. O’Grady. My best friends were Len and Mike. Since the school was new there weren’t enough chairs in our homeroom, so Len, Mike and […]

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Lost Synagogues of Europe: Three Synagogues that Survived

Lost Synagogues of Europe: Three Synagogues that Survived

Now through September 8, 2017, the Museum at Eldridge Street is hosting Lost Synagogues of Europe: Eastern European Jewish Postcards from the Collection of František Bányai. This exhibition showcases a fantastic collection of historical images of synagogues in Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and the former Czechoslovakia which speak of an era long past. They also speak […]

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A Year in the Life of a Museum Educator – Interview with Rachel Serkin

A Year in the Life of a Museum Educator – Interview with Rachel Serkin

The Museum at Eldridge Street annually welcomes more than 7,000 K-12 students for programs on Jewish culture and holidays, immigration history and architecture and historic preservation. As the school years draws to a close, Senior Museum Educator Rachel Serkin shares her experience on museum education and what makes for a great Museum tour. Interview by Julia […]

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Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival – A Day of Community and Culture

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival – A Day of Community and Culture

Envisioning a Community Collaboration When I first imagined a Chinese-Jewish Festival over fifteen years ago, I knew that it would be an undoubtedly fantastic event for the neighborhood. Plus, I knew it would be wonderfully relevant to our museum’s celebration of the immigrants who make our neighborhood special. I imagined Chinese and Jewish artists and musicians sitting side […]

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Celebrating the Torah – Shavuot Artifacts from Our Collection

Celebrating the Torah – Shavuot Artifacts from Our Collection

Beginning this evening, Jews around the world will celebrate Shavuot, a holiday which centers around the Torah. From the Star of David to Sabbath candlesticks to a beautiful Passover Seder plate, Jewish tradition is marked by a variety of symbolic and ritual items. Many such pieces of Judaica and Shavuot artifacts are on display at the Museum at Eldridge Street. But […]

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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol  – Reflections Following the Fire

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – Reflections Following the Fire

The report of a three-alarm fire at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue is shocking and saddening. Chilling photographs, including this one here from the Lodownny.com, show the building’s burned interior. Its former Gothic-Revival interior is unrecognizable in the charred remains. Though the synagogue was padlocked shut and in a state of severe deterioration for several years, the […]

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