Art & Architecture

Women Take the Lead: February 16, 1919

Women Take the Lead: February 16, 1919

On this day, we remember the formation of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Formed February 16, 1919, the all-female committee arose during a time of flux within the synagogue itself, and the nation at-large. At the end of 1918, Eldridge had installed its first permanent rabbi, Avrohom Aharon Yudelovitch. Prior to Yudelovitch […]

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LED Lights Now Shine in the Shul

LED Lights Now Shine in the Shul

The Museum’s delicate lighting fixtures are small but mighty. Each lampshade is just one handheld piece of glass, but experienced in total, the 300+ glass lampshades create an stunning effect. These glass art pieces surround the columns that stretch 50 feet to the ceiling, they line the outer walls of the sanctuary, and in the […]

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Life Under the Heavens: Depicting Stars in Sacred Sites

Life Under the Heavens: Depicting Stars in Sacred Sites

At the Eldridge Street Synagogue, stars are a dominant design feature of the sanctuary. Gold five-pointed stars dot fields of rich blue. They fill the domes of the sanctuary, shining as they reflect warm light from the chandeliers below. These stars, particularly visible from the woman’s balcony, reference Jewish scripture. They also express the newly-formed […]

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New York City’s Jewish Museums

New York City’s Jewish Museums

As the city with the world’s largest Jewish population, New York City boasts several Jewish museums. Each chronicles different aspects of the Jewish experience. The most prominent museums are the Jewish Museum on the Upper East Side, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park, the Center For Jewish History in Chelsea and of course […]

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Why Moorish? Synagogues and the Moorish Revival

Why Moorish? Synagogues and the Moorish Revival

One of the first things people notice when visiting the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue is the use of the Moorish style. It is seen in the synagogue’s rooftop finials, horseshoe-shaped windows and arches, and hand-painted designs. Moorish architecture is associated with Islamic structures in Spain and the Middle East, including the famed Alhambra palace in Spain […]

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