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A Bintel Brief – Interview with artist Liana Finck

On Wednesday, March 21 the Museum will exhibit work from Liana Finck’s graphic novel-in progress based on the Bintel Brief, the beloved Yiddish advice column of The Forverts newspaper. When I first saw Finck’s drawings I was taken with the range of emotions she was able to express with her beautiful drawings and text. Also, I […]

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Staying Cool for a Nickel

The summer heat is here in full force! If you’ve been reading our blog lately you’ll know we’ve come up with some great ways to beat the heat like a Lower East Side local this summer, and here is our next tip – head to your local movie theater for an afternoon of much-deserved relaxation […]

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Escaping to the Rooftop

“I live in a tent on a rooftop.” “Oh,” is all I could say. “Is that legal?”’ My Parisian friend interning here in New York City for the summer couldn’t say. He rents in NoLita for $500/month. It is a low price for the neighborhood, but a steep price for a tent. My penchant for historical […]

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Researching Mikvah Operator Gittel Natelson

My last post listed how to conduct genealogical research so I thought I would try my hand researching an actual person. I don’t have any relatives that stayed in New York after immigrating to the United States, so I chose to research a member of the Eldridge Street family. My choice: Gittel Natelson, a mikvah operator and […]

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The Shabbos Table

Looking for a tasty treat? In this week’s installment, we have recipes guaranteed to knock your socks off. Consider this fair warning.   Tomato and Zucchini Salad First up is Jan’s Tomato and Zucchini Salad. If you want to thank her for making your meal healthful and delicious, stop by the Museum on Mondays and […]

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(Jewish) Gangs of New York

On our Gangster, Writer, Rabbi walking tour, we explore the lives–and funeral processions–of three iconic Lower East Side figures: writer Sholem Aleichem, Rabbi Jacob Joseph, and East Side gangster Big Jack Zelig. Though Bugsy Siegel and  Meyer Lansky usually come to mind when thinking of Jewish gangsters, Zelig was a true leader of crime in […]

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Independence Day

After leaving Eastern Europe, the founders of our synagogue forged their lives as Americans on the streets of the Lower East Side. How did they celebrate their newfound heritage? Unfortunately, I’ve found no mention of barbecued borscht or other culinary treats, but a strong sense of pride as Americans certainly took hold in the Eldridge […]

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School Days

What was education like for worshipers at the Eldridge Street Synagogue at the turn of the last century? On my walking tours, we often pass a local landmark: Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem, known in the neighborhood simply as “The Yeshiva.” This local Jewish school, chartered in 1907 and still thriving today, very often has visitors asking: […]

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