History

Mom’s Hamentashen: A Daughter’s Purim Memories

Mom’s Hamentashen: A Daughter’s Purim Memories

  Sharon Lotman Stein is the first person you meet when you enter the Museum at Eldridge Street. She runs the front desk Monday through Wednesday. When I sat down with her, she told me her personal Purim holiday story. “My Chicago mother, Lynn Lotman, was a wonderful home baker.  Every Friday morning, she would […]

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“Found” Synagogues of Europe

“Found” Synagogues of Europe

In preparation for our upcoming installation  Lost Synagogues of Europe: Eastern European Jewish Postcards I researched the current status and histories of the synagogues featured in František Bányai’s collection. Many of these breathtaking buildings were lost in the course of just two days during Kristallnacht, literally “The Night of Crystal” but more often referred to as […]

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Tenement Songs – a Talk with Music

Tenement Songs – a Talk with Music

by Gwenn Underwood, Museum at Eldridge Street Intern On Sunday, February 12th, at 3 pm, the Museum at Eldridge Street will welcome award-winning ethnomusicologist Dr. Mark Slobin and a trio of outstanding musicians for a unique program entitled “Tenement Songs.” Slobin has built his career researching, writing and teaching about the intricacies of music and […]

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Pushcarts: The Hustle to the American Dream

Pushcarts: The Hustle to the American Dream

Think about the last time you bought something off the street in New York City. Perhaps it came from a cart, a stall, or even a truck. Perhaps your purchase was a pretzel, a tamale, or a pair of sunglasses. Chances are likely if you started chatting with the person selling to you, you would […]

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Travel Back in Time to 1886!

Travel Back in Time to 1886!

By Jackie Bein, Musuem at Eldridge Street Intern In November 1886, the cornerstone of the Eldridge Street Synagogue was placed on the purchased lot of 12-14-16 Eldridge Street. This Sunday – November 13, 2016 – you can travel back in time as the Museum marks the 130th anniversary of this momentous event with the Generation […]

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The Pickle: A Not So Sour Look at the Jewish Immigrant Community of the Lower East Side

The Pickle: A Not So Sour Look at the Jewish Immigrant Community of the Lower East Side

  Horse manure, garbage, and pickles. These were some of the scents that wafted through the air of the Lower East Side in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Pickles were a dietary staple of many immigrants, especially Eastern European Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side. Pickles were easy to eat, cheap, available in all seasons, and they […]

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Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan’s New York

Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan’s New York

While you may have heard of Mordecai Kaplan, founder of Judaism’s Reconstructionist movement and one of the most famous rabbis of the 20th century, did you know that as a boy he worshipped at the Eldridge Street Synagogue? Many people are surprised to discover that Kaplan – the founder of a new denomination within Judaism […]

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Becoming American on the Jewish Lower East Side

Becoming American on the Jewish Lower East Side

I recently came across a certificate that my great-grandfather received in September 1931, proclaiming him a naturalized citizen of the United States. More than twenty years had passed since he had arrived on the Lower East Side from Galicia (a former area of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now part of Poland and Ukraine) in 1907 at eleven years […]

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