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A Look into Jewish Mindfulness and Meditation

A Look into Jewish Mindfulness and Meditation

Today, many Jews who grapple with incorporating liturgical worship (also called davening) into their lives have turned instead to wordless, mindful meditation. With this practice, one can choose to reflect on God, on their place in the universe, or on something else entirely. These Jews, many in their early 20s or 30s, often grew up in […]

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Women Take the Lead at Eldridge Street

We’re celebrating Museum Week! All around the world, Museums will focus on 7 themes over 7 days. Today’s theme is “women” so we’re looking back at this blog post, originally written in February 2017 by Taylor Baker, celebrating the women of the early congregation.  On this day, we remember the formation of the Ladies’ Auxiliary […]

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Larry David, Cousin Bernie and Me

Larry David, Cousin Bernie and Me

I admit it. Television shows that trace the family roots of celebrities, like Who Do You Think You Are? and Finding Your Roots provide all the suspense I can handle. I get too scared watching thrillers, much less horror movies, and these programs have the ability to get me nervous about what may lie ahead […]

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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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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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Over 100 Menorahs Light Up the Museum

Over 100 Menorahs Light Up the Museum

This post was written by intern John Hanson. If you follow us on social media, you’ve probably already heard the news – The Museum at Eldridge Street has opened a sprawling new exhibition, featuring over 100 menorahs displayed in the historic main sanctuary. It’s called Let There Be Light – A Whole Lotta Light! and it […]

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