There are many things that make the Museum at Eldridge Street unique: the building’s remarkable history and distinctive location, breathtaking interior, and extraordinary restoration story. However, it is not the only impressive example of architectural restoration in Lower Manhattan. Another example, Trinity Church, has been part of New York’s history for more than 300 years; the congregation’s first building was erected 190 years before the Eldridge Street Synagogue opened its doors in 1887. Today, Trinity Church is undergoing a restoration project that is similar to the Eldridge project in some ways, but is also as different as the histories of the two institutions. By examining these two restoration projects, we can see how the values of both organizations are reflected in how the buildings are preserved and reinvigorated over time.
Lower East Side
Over 50 Years Later, This Timeless Story Still Delights
At the Museum at Eldridge Street, we tell the stories of the immigrants who settled on the Lower East Side through the lens of our historic building. And on July 8th, we will focus on a particular story that has been beloved by families since it’s conception – the All-of-a-Kind-Family story. Sydney Taylor (born Sarah Brenner) who was born in New York City to immigrant parents, wrote All-of-a-Kind-Family in 1951 as a series of five books. The stories tell the tale of five Jewish sisters growing up on the Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century. As one of the few novels of its time to chronicle the everyday adventures of a Jewish family, this book is a true Jewish Lower East Side treasure that is still loved by children and adults alike.
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 … Read more
Opera Brought New Sights and Sounds to Our Sanctuary
For the past two weeks, I have witnessed the Museum at Eldridge Street transform into an opera stage, but also a home where mothers and daughters squabble and comfort each other, where lovers make plans and love, and where people come together to remember those … Read more
Are We Doomed to Repeat the Triangle Shirtwaist Tragedy?
This post is written by Eva Brune. “In the panic of the fire, I recall that three girls wrapped themselves in the American flag and jumped out the window together… Among the dead, were a mother and two young sons who all worked at … Read more