Restoring the Eldridge Street Synagogue: Interview Amy Stein-Milford

Amy Stein-Milford

Amy Stein-Milford is the former Deputy Director of the Museum at Eldridge Street. During her 18-year tenure, she oversaw the building’s re-opening following its restoration, the commission of a new stained glass window, and the creation of a new visitor center and permanent exhibition. In … Read more

Making a House a Home: Immigrant Acclimation to American Society

Read about how the Eldridge Street Synagogue contributed to immigrant acclimation to American society through the lens of a fictitious museum exhibition as imagined by Museum at Eldridge Street intern Jennifer Hernandez. As someone who lives in a community of immigrants, I was compelled to … Read more

The Forward Newspaper Building: A Landmark of Change

The Forward Newspaper Building

The longtime home of the Jewish Daily Forward sits on East Broadway between Rutgers and Jefferson Streets. Since its construction in 1912, the Forward Newspaper building has been a staple of the Lower East Side. Today, it is a testament to the neighborhood’s changing landscape. … Read more

Tracing Jewish History – Five Historic Synagogues of America

Museum At Eldridge Street - Historic Synagogues of America

Visitors to the Museum at Eldridge Street often ask if our landmark site – the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue – is the oldest synagogue in America. The answer is no. I was surprised to learn that the oldest synagogue is not in New York City, but in … Read more

Jailbreaking 22 Eldridge Street

22 Eldridge Street Jail

  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! … Read more