Lower East Side

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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Ruth Taube, Superstar Sewing Teacher

Ruth Taube, Superstar Sewing Teacher

This post was written by Nancy Beiles, Family Programs Coordinator at the Museum.   You’ll find Ruth Taube’s domain a few blocks from the East River, down in the basement of the Vladeck Houses, just past the Meals on Wheels office in a warren of rooms overstuffed with fabric remnants, giant spools of thread, racks […]

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A Sukkot Staple Returns to the Neighborhood

A Sukkot Staple Returns to the Neighborhood

A Sukkot staple is back in the Lower East Side and they’re ready to provide for all of your holiday needs. The stand, on the corner of Canal and East Broadway, is a family business and has been supplying Sukkot products for Jewish communities in the neighborhood and across the city for over 40 years. […]

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Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival – A Day of Community and Culture

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival – A Day of Community and Culture

Envisioning a Community Collaboration When I first imagined a Chinese-Jewish Festival over fifteen years ago, I knew that it would be an undoubtedly fantastic event for the neighborhood. Plus, I knew it would be wonderfully relevant to our museum’s celebration of the immigrants who make our neighborhood special. I imagined Chinese and Jewish artists and musicians sitting side […]

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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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