Art & Architecture

A Photograph from the Archives

With the synagogue so beautifully restored, sometimes we forget how easily it could have been lost. This photograph here, taken by Kate Milford, is a reminder of that precarious time. With holes in the roof, a collapsed stairwell, and peeling-away paint, “the synagogue was held up by strings to heaven,” according to Roberta Brandes Gratz, […]

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A Night Out on the Jewish Rialto

A Night Out on the Jewish Rialto, an event on Thursday, August 11th, honors the lively community of Yiddish theater on the Lower East Side. This event is the brainchild of our wonderful summer interns — Alyssa Constad, Leah Horowitz, David Schlenker, and Julia Gerasimenko. Their mission was to create an inspirational and entertaining  program […]

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Jailbreaking 22 Eldridge

There’s been a lot of research done about the synagogue but I was curious about other buildings on the block. In this post, I “jailbreak” the history of address 22 Eldridge, just a few doors north of us. This lot is especially interesting because it held a county jail in the mid-19th century. The Eldridge Street jail […]

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Researching a Building or Site

Are you curious about the history of your apartment or another building that has meaning for you? Here preservationist and Eldridge Street intern Chelsea Dowell shares steps on uncovering information about a residence, business or any building of interest drawing. As a graduate student at Pratt Institute’s Historic Preservation program, I’ve engaged in several projects centering on […]

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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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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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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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Architecture at Eldridge Street

Our building tours offer visitors a peek into the workings of the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue, and we’ve been busy adding new themes and tours to our lineup. You can now experience Eldridge through the lens of immigration, ritual practice, or architecture and preservation. On Beyond the Facade: Architecture and Preservation, we break out the […]

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Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town

  We’re the talk of the town! In the latest edition of the New Yorker, author and architectural critic Paul Goldberger writes about the Museum’s exciting new project, the fabrication and installation of a new East Window in our historic space. Entitled “She Does Windows”, Goldberger’s article includes tidbits from artist Kiki Smith, Museum at Eldridge Street Deputy Director Amy […]

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The Church of Sea and Land

While looking into the history of Eldridge Street, I came across a fantastic e-book digitized by Project Guttenberg about a historic church in the neighborhood, located on the corner of Henry and Market Streets. The Kirk on Rutgers Farm, written by Frederick Brückbauer in 1919, celebrates a century of worship in what began as the Dutch Reformed […]

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