No spitting!

No spitting!

If you’ve been on a historic building tour at the Museum at Eldridge Street, chances are you’ve seen one of these ceramic bowls. Yup, it’s a spittoon — a designated place for people to spit! During the late-19th and early-20th century, spittoons were on floors everywhere – offices, courthouses, restaurants – even the White House. […]

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How is this Seder plate different than other Seder plates?

How is this Seder plate different than other Seder plates?

This post was originally written by Museum intern John Hanson in April 2018. We are reposting with edits for this year’s Passover holiday. Passover is the oldest, continuously celebrated holiday of the Jewish calendar. And it is a holiday commemorated with deep and longstanding traditions. But this year, families are being forced to adapt their […]

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A French Flourless Cake to Bring Comfort & Joy

A French Flourless Cake to Bring Comfort & Joy

This post was written by Museum intern Lila Norris. At a time when it feels as though everything we were looking forward to has been canceled, it can be difficult to remember that life does in fact go on. Spring is still springing outside our windows  and holidays will still take place even if gatherings […]

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“Avoid getting wet”: how historic NYC dealt with disease

“Avoid getting wet”: how historic NYC dealt with disease

This post was written by Museum intern Lila Norris. As the novel Coronavirus continues to spread around the world, daily life in New York City has been completely upended. Businesses, bars, restaurants, schools and museums have been forced to close their doors. Although these feel like entirely unprecedented times, the city has experienced public health […]

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Hamantaschen’s New York Times debut

Hamantaschen’s New York Times debut

Not everyone dresses up for Purim or even knows the Purim story. But one culinary tradition of the holiday seems to have transcended all other elements of the springtime holiday. That’s right, I’m talkin’ hamantaschen. Seeking out or making your own little Purim cookies around this time has become its own tradition. They’re a beloved […]

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Banking swag from 100 years ago

Banking swag from 100 years ago

The digital age has changed a lot about our lives. Take banking, for example. Once upon a time, nearly every wage-earning employee was handed a physical check on payday that needed to be deposited or cashed at a bank branch or check cashing business. To spend money, you needed to withdraw cash from a bank […]

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Crisco to the Rescue: Marketing to American Jews

Crisco to the Rescue: Marketing to American Jews

In the 1930s, one American brand boldly declared that they had delivered something “the Hebrew race has been waiting 4,000” for – Crisco. Yes! Finally, Proctor and Gamble was giving Jewish kitchens an all-vegetable cooking fat that could be used in kosher cooking of any kind. They were likely right that kosher cooks would benefit […]

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