Jewish History

New York City’s Jewish Museums

New York City’s Jewish Museums

As the city with the world’s largest Jewish population, New York City boasts several Jewish museums. Each chronicles different aspects of the Jewish experience. The most prominent museums are the Jewish Museum on the Upper East Side, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park, the Center For Jewish History in Chelsea and of course […]

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Memories of the East Bronx and Beyond

Memories of the East Bronx and Beyond

By Gil Gordon, Museum at Eldridge Street Docent Junior High School 123 opened for business in September 1953. I was part of the first 7th-grade class. Our homeroom teacher was Ms. O’Grady. My best friends were Len and Mike. Since the school was new there weren’t enough chairs in our homeroom, so Len, Mike and […]

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Lost Synagogues of Europe: Three Synagogues that Survived

Lost Synagogues of Europe: Three Synagogues that Survived

Now through September 8, 2017, the Museum at Eldridge Street is hosting Lost Synagogues of Europe: Eastern European Jewish Postcards from the Collection of František Bányai. This exhibition showcases a fantastic collection of historical images of synagogues in Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and the former Czechoslovakia which speak of an era long past. They also speak […]

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Celebrating the Torah – Shavuot Artifacts from Our Collection

Celebrating the Torah – Shavuot Artifacts from Our Collection

Beginning this evening, Jews around the world will celebrate Shavuot, a holiday which centers around the Torah. From the Star of David to Sabbath candlesticks to a beautiful Passover Seder plate, Jewish tradition is marked by a variety of symbolic and ritual items. Many such pieces of Judaica and Shavuot artifacts are on display at the Museum at Eldridge Street. But […]

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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol  – Reflections Following the Fire

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – Reflections Following the Fire

The report of a three-alarm fire at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue is shocking and saddening. Chilling photographs, including this one here from the Lodownny.com, show the building’s burned interior. Its former Gothic-Revival interior is unrecognizable in the charred remains. Though the synagogue was padlocked shut and in a state of severe deterioration for several years, the […]

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Why Moorish? Synagogues and the Moorish Revival

Why Moorish? Synagogues and the Moorish Revival

One of the first things people notice when visiting the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue is the use of the Moorish style. It is seen in the synagogue’s rooftop finials, horseshoe-shaped windows and arches, and hand-painted designs. Moorish architecture is associated with Islamic structures in Spain and the Middle East, including the famed Alhambra palace in Spain […]

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