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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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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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Playgrounds of Asphalt: Summers on the Lower East Side

Playgrounds of Asphalt: Summers on the Lower East Side

By Meredith Carroll, Museum at Eldridge Street summer intern.  Summer: a season filled with playgrounds, tasting of ice cream and cook-outs, and punctuated by languorous weeks at camp. But summer looked quite different for  the children of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and their friends on the turn-of-the-century Lower East Side. Uptown, wealthier children played tennis […]

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Sender Jarmulowsky: A Synagogue Founder’s Story

Sender Jarmulowsky: A Synagogue Founder’s Story

A key challenge for a historic site is bringing to life the people who were once associated with the building. Here at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a diverse cast of characters prayed, socialized, debated and made their mark on the building and the larger Lower East Side Jewish community. One of the most intriguing characters, […]

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The Herter Brothers: Architects of Eldridge Street

By Sara Lowenburg When I am leading tours at Eldridge Street, I love to share that this synagogue was built by the Herter Brothers, two German Catholic architects who had never built a synagogue before! Beyond that fact, I did not know much more about them, but I have always been curious to learn more […]

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Meet Gussie Dubrin — A Coming to America Story

As Columbus Day approaches we are thinking about the immigrants who later made the journey across the ocean to find a better life. Many – probably most – of the early congregants of the Eldridge Street Synagogue were new Americans, including Gussie Dubrin, who was interviewed by Judy Tenney for the Museum (then the Eldridge […]

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