Lower East Side

The Pickle: A Not So Sour Look at the Jewish Immigrant Community of the Lower East Side

The Pickle: A Not So Sour Look at the Jewish Immigrant Community of the Lower East Side

  Horse manure, garbage, and pickles. These were some of the scents that wafted through the air of the Lower East Side in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Pickles were a dietary staple of many immigrants, especially Eastern European Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side. Pickles were easy to eat, cheap, available in all seasons, and they […]

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Becoming American on the Jewish Lower East Side

Becoming American on the Jewish Lower East Side

I recently came across a certificate that my great-grandfather received in September 1931, proclaiming him a naturalized citizen of the United States. More than twenty years had passed since he had arrived on the Lower East Side from Galicia (a former area of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now part of Poland and Ukraine) in 1907 at eleven years […]

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Faith, Hope and Chutzpah:  Celebrating 129 Years on Eldridge Street

Faith, Hope and Chutzpah: Celebrating 129 Years on Eldridge Street

This Saturday, November 14, 2015, will mark the 129th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone for the Museum at Eldridge Street’s landmark home, the Eldridge Street Synagogue. On that date back in 1886, a community of Jewish immigrants gathered for a lavish celebration that included Lower East Side and uptown politicians, sheriffs, judges and educators, both […]

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Firsts in American Jewish Synagogue History

Firsts in American Jewish Synagogue History

by Anna Shneyderman, Intern There are many ways to be Jewish. You may be Jewish in the way you worship, Jewish in loving your bubbe’s matzo ball soup, Jewish in wearing your Star of David necklace or simply Jewish in philosophy and thought. But the one thing that unites every Jewish person, regardless of where […]

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Man Crush Monday: Eldridge Street Edition

Man Crush Monday: Eldridge Street Edition

by Emma Friedlander, Museum at Eldridge Street summer intern Finding love is hard these days. We all know the complaints of contemporary dating: too many options, too many jerks, too many late nights trudging by yourself to the local bodega because after that disappointing first date you are SO HUNGRY. Why is it so impossible […]

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