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Larry David, Cousin Bernie and Me

Larry David, Cousin Bernie and Me

I admit it. Television shows that trace the family roots of celebrities, like Who Do You Think You Are? and Finding Your Roots provide all the suspense I can handle. I get too scared watching thrillers, much less horror movies, and these programs have the ability to get me nervous about what may lie ahead […]

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Power and Poignancy: A Conversation with Eldridge’s Exhibition Curator

Power and Poignancy: A Conversation with Eldridge’s Exhibition Curator

On Thursday, September 14th, the museum opened a brand new exhibition entitled Rediscovery, Restoration and Renewal: The Eldridge Street Synagogue in Photographs. For visitors, myself included, who have only experienced the museum’s sanctuary as a beautifully restored space, it’s hard to imagine all that beauty is the result of a restoration project that wrapped up […]

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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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A 200-Year-Old Wimpel is a Mother’s Legacy of Love

A 200-Year-Old Wimpel is a Mother’s Legacy of Love

With Mother’s Day approaching, I find myself thinking about a mother I’ve never met. I don’t even know her name, but her handiwork tells me that her son David was born on the 19th day of Cheshvan in the year 5563. In other words, November 15th, 1803. Eight days after his bris (religious circumcision), David’s mother […]

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