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Oy Vey! Why Aren’t You Fluent in ‘Jewish’?

Oy Vey! Why Aren’t You Fluent in ‘Jewish’?

In 1912 in Prague, the writer Franz Kafka introduced a Yiddish theater troupe’s performance by providing the audience a little comfort. “I would like to assure you, ladies and gentlemen, that you understand far more Yiddish than you think,” he said. Do those words still ring true in 2018? Yiddish is responsible for some of […]

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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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Love, Year-Round at Eldridge

Love, Year-Round at Eldridge

It doesn’t need to be Valentine’s Day for us to feel love in the air at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Our 131-year-old landmark building inspires effusive language from anyone who visits – and who could blame them? The sanctuary’s sumptuous decorative motifs are really quite romantic. After all, the interior was specifically designed to […]

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Giving Thanks for Ma, and Her Turkey, on her Yarzheit

Giving Thanks for Ma, and Her Turkey, on her Yarzheit

This post is written by Hanna Griff-Sleven, Director of Cultural Programs and Intern Coordinator at the Museum at Eldridge Street. My mother died on the 5th of Kislev in 1991 (November 12th) and this year her Yarzheit (the anniversary of her death) is on Thanksgiving. The Jewish calendar is a lunar one and every few years […]

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Lost Synagogues of Europe: Three Synagogues that Survived

Lost Synagogues of Europe: Three Synagogues that Survived

Now through September 8, 2017, the Museum at Eldridge Street is hosting Lost Synagogues of Europe: Eastern European Jewish Postcards from the Collection of František Bányai. This exhibition showcases a fantastic collection of historical images of synagogues in Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and the former Czechoslovakia which speak of an era long past. They also speak […]

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Jailbreaking 22 Eldridge Street

Jailbreaking 22 Eldridge Street

  Although I’m quite familiar with the history of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, I’ve always been curious about another address just up the block–22 Eldridge. To satisfy my curiosity,  I researched the lot. I learned that in the mid-19th century it once held a county jail! The Eldridge Street jail was housed in a three-story structure […]

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