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 been if not paid by his chaperones.  I told him $6.00 whereupon he went to the tzedakah (charity) box and deposited $6.00.  What a mensch.

Also, on Monday, while playing “Jewish Geography” with a couple from Chicago (being a Chicago native) we established that they knew my best friend (whom I’ve known since I was 13) and her husband. The husband had gone to University together and they went to the same synagogue and country club where they socialized.

A participant in our Tu B’Shvat Festival called today and in the course of our conversation he told me how last year he came for Tu B’Shvat and planted a marigold.  It grew and he then decided if he could grow a marigold then his place of work, Stamford, Ct. Hospital, could grow them as well.  They did.   Now they are planning a hospital garden.  A hospital healing garden will now grow from that 1 marigold seed.

You gotta love this place.

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