From Bad Date to Great Play

  We asked writer/performer Rachel Evans to share her inspiration for Jew Wish, the one-person play on her on-line dating adventures that she will be performing at Eldridge Street on Thursday, March 24. Join us that evening for fun, laughter, and a post-event schmooze.   How exactly did I come to bare my dating woes […]

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From the Trenches: Visitor Stories

Master Docent Roberta Berken shares: In my capacity as a docent I am fortunate to meet people from all over the world and the country. Here are some of their stories. In East London in the l9th century it was the custom for street peddlers to specialize in a particular item. Often the Jewish peddlers […]

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Archivist Files: Rain, Rain, Go Away

Maybe something can be done about the weather… As the Museum’s archivist, it has been a treat to be able to look at each item in our collection.  What are my favorites?  It’s so hard to say, but this sign, from the Museum’s sizable collection of Hebrew and Yiddish signs collected from around our Lower […]

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Our Favorite 1920’s Fashion Trends

To get you in the spirit for our 1920’s-themed Synagogue Soiree party, we’re counting down some of the top fashion trends of that decade. Take a trip through time as you browse these spiffy looks – maybe you’ll get an idea for your costume! Enjoy, and we’ll see you guys and dolls on Wednesday night (Feb 23) at […]

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1920s Synagogue Soiree – Films of the Era

Here at Eldridge Street we are getting ready for our 1920s Synagogue Soirée taking place on Wednesday, February 23 from 9pm to 12am. We’re looking forward to seeing the synagogue filled with people in period garb and looking back to an era when Eldridge Street attracted a new generation of parishioners, including renowned rabbis, businessmen and […]

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Researching Mikvah Operator Gittel Natelson

My last post listed how to conduct genealogical research so I thought I would try my hand researching an actual person. I don’t have any relatives that stayed in New York after immigrating to the United States, so I chose to research a member of the Eldridge Street family. My choice: Gittel Natelson, a mikvah operator and […]

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Chinese New Year

We posed with dancing rabbits, saw adorable children decked in holiday finest, and, for the main event, heard the pop! of 600,000 firecrackers releasing confetti into the icy blue skies.

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The People You’ll Meet

One of the best parts of being at Eldridge Street are the many wonderful people who come through our doors. Here Visitor Services Associate Sharon Stein shares some of her favorite encounters of the week. Last Monday, a 14-year-old boy with his confirmation class from San Diego asked me what his entrance fee would have […]

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Seven Steps to Successful Family Research

As a historic site, we often field questions about how to conduct family research. To help you discover your family history, we asked intern Chelsea Dowell to do some research. A student at Pratt Institute’s graduate program in historic preservation, Dowell has lots of experience researching historic buildings in NYC and beyond. Here she provides 7 steps to […]

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Seeing Stars

If you’ve ever built a house or renovated your home, you know the end is never the end. There’s always a room that needs finishing, a scuffed wall that needs re-painting, an inoperable electrical line. Though our window designed by Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans has been up for more than two months, secret, unseen […]

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