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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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Step Away From the Screen on Friday, March 9th

Step Away From the Screen on Friday, March 9th

This post was written by intern John Hanson. The Sabbath is perhaps the most visible tradition of Jewish culture. Even those who don’t know much about the religion or its many traditions probably know the basic idea behind keeping Sabbath. It’s well known that on Saturdays, observant Jews abstain from work, retreat from stress, and […]

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Over 100 Menorahs Light Up the Museum

Over 100 Menorahs Light Up the Museum

This post was written by intern John Hanson. If you follow us on social media, you’ve probably already heard the news – The Museum at Eldridge Street has opened a sprawling new exhibition, featuring over 100 menorahs displayed in the historic main sanctuary. It’s called Let There Be Light – A Whole Lotta Light! and it […]

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Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival – A Day of Community and Culture

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival – A Day of Community and Culture

Envisioning a Community Collaboration When I first imagined a Chinese-Jewish Festival over fifteen years ago, I knew that it would be an undoubtedly fantastic event for the neighborhood. Plus, I knew it would be wonderfully relevant to our museum’s celebration of the immigrants who make our neighborhood special. I imagined Chinese and Jewish artists and musicians sitting side […]

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A New Gallery for the Museum at Eldridge Street – Interview with Archivist Nancy Johnson

A New Gallery for the Museum at Eldridge Street – Interview with Archivist Nancy Johnson

  This Fall 2016, the Museum at Eldridge introduced The Michael Weinstein Art Gallery. This space provides an exhibition area for rotating collections of art and historical artifacts. In an interview with Museum at Eldridge Street Archivist Nancy Johnson intern Gwendolyn Underwood discovers the goals and future plans for the gallery. GU: What prompted the Museum […]

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High Holiday Journey

High Holiday Journey

Written by Gil Gordon. Gil Gordon has served as a Museum at Eldridge Street docent since 2010. In 1934 two young men, cousins, leave their shtetl in Białystok, Poland, to begin their journey. Their final destination is not clear but they know that Białystok no longer offers them a livelihood and opportunity. Several months later […]

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