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Once Home to Soldiers, Immigrants, and a Beluga Whale: The Remarkable Story of Battery Park’s Castle Clinton

Once Home to Soldiers, Immigrants, and a Beluga Whale: The Remarkable Story of Battery Park’s Castle Clinton

If you’ve ever had a picnic in Battery Park or taken a trip to the Statue of Liberty you’ve probably walked through Castle Clinton, a medieval-looking fortress dating back to 1808 that sits by the water’s edge. This structure, now used as a ticket office and information center for tourists heading to Liberty Island, has […]

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Comparing the Restoration of Two Lower Manhattan Historic Sites

Comparing the Restoration of Two Lower Manhattan Historic Sites

There are many things that make the Museum at Eldridge Street unique: the building’s remarkable history and distinctive location, breathtaking interior, and extraordinary restoration story. However, it is not the only impressive example of architectural restoration in Lower Manhattan. Another example, Trinity Church, has been part of New York’s history for more than 300 years; […]

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A Look into Jewish Mindfulness and Meditation

A Look into Jewish Mindfulness and Meditation

Today, many Jews who grapple with incorporating liturgical worship (also called davening) into their lives have turned instead to wordless, mindful meditation. With this practice, one can choose to reflect on God, on their place in the universe, or on something else entirely. These Jews, many in their early 20s or 30s, often grew up in […]

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A Window to the Soul: Architect Deborah Gans Discusses her Enduring Contribution to the Museum at Eldridge Street

A Window to the Soul: Architect Deborah Gans Discusses her Enduring Contribution to the Museum at Eldridge Street

Upon entering the beautifully restored sanctuary at the Museum at Eldridge Street, visitors are transported back to the height of the synagogue’s glory. Built in 1887 during the rise of Jewish immigration to the Lower East Side and restored in the 1980’s after a period of neglect and disrepair, the building is a perfect reflection […]

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Talking Tech Shabbats with Tiffany Shlain

Talking Tech Shabbats with Tiffany Shlain

At a program this Wednesday, May 23, we’re exploring our modern-day obsession with and idolatry of technology. But I couldn’t wait until Wednesday to hear a bit from one of our panelists, Tiffany Shlain. Tiffany’s been thinking and writing about tech since the 1980s, and through her films and other work she explores how tech is […]

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Meet Callison Stratton!

Meet Callison Stratton!

As you know, the last few months have been full of excitement and change here at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Last week, we introduced to you our new Director of Public Programming and Internships, Yael Amit. Today, we’d like to give a special shout out to new Director of Visitor Services, Callison Stratton! Callison […]

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Meet Yael Amit!

Meet Yael Amit!

2018 has been a year of big changes and progress at the Museum at Eldridge Street – we opened our first building-wide art exhibition featuring work by Kiki Smith, we hosted our first opera in the building’s main sanctuary, and we’re gearing up for our 18th annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas summer festival. […]

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American Music from Immigrant Roots

American Music from Immigrant Roots

This post was written by Museum docent Maxine Simson. Irving Berlin has been called the greatest songwriter in the history of popular music. His career spanned most of the 20th century and his beloved songs are still heard all over the world. An amazing fate for a man who could only play the piano in […]

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