Lower East Side

Our Favorite 1920’s Fashion Trends

To get you in the spirit for our 1920’s-themed Synagogue Soiree party, we’re counting down some of the top fashion trends of that decade. Take a trip through time as you browse these spiffy looks – maybe you’ll get an idea for your costume! Enjoy, and we’ll see you guys and dolls on Wednesday night (Feb 23) at […]

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1920s Synagogue Soiree – Films of the Era

Here at Eldridge Street we are getting ready for our 1920s Synagogue Soirée taking place on Wednesday, February 23 from 9pm to 12am. We’re looking forward to seeing the synagogue filled with people in period garb and looking back to an era when Eldridge Street attracted a new generation of parishioners, including renowned rabbis, businessmen and […]

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Researching Mikvah Operator Gittel Natelson

My last post listed how to conduct genealogical research so I thought I would try my hand researching an actual person. I don’t have any relatives that stayed in New York after immigrating to the United States, so I chose to research a member of the Eldridge Street family. My choice: Gittel Natelson, a mikvah operator and […]

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(Jewish) Gangs of New York

On our Gangster, Writer, Rabbi walking tour, we explore the lives–and funeral processions–of three iconic Lower East Side figures: writer Sholem Aleichem, Rabbi Jacob Joseph, and East Side gangster Big Jack Zelig. Though Bugsy Siegel and  Meyer Lansky usually come to mind when thinking of Jewish gangsters, Zelig was a true leader of crime in […]

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Independence Day

After leaving Eastern Europe, the founders of our synagogue forged their lives as Americans on the streets of the Lower East Side. How did they celebrate their newfound heritage? Unfortunately, I’ve found no mention of barbecued borscht or other culinary treats, but a strong sense of pride as Americans certainly took hold in the Eldridge […]

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Festival Musings

When I first envisioned a Chinese Jewish Festival more than ten years ago, I thought it would be good for the neighborhood and for our mission to tell the story of the immigrants who made and make our neighborhood special. I imagined Chinese and Jewish artists and musicians sitting side by side informing the public […]

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School Days

What was education like for worshipers at the Eldridge Street Synagogue at the turn of the last century? On my walking tours, we often pass a local landmark: Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem, known in the neighborhood simply as “The Yeshiva.” This local Jewish school, chartered in 1907 and still thriving today, very often has visitors asking: […]

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Winter Garden

Here in New York, winter is in full bloom. Over the past few weeks we’ve experienced snow, freezing rain and winds that seemed likely to lift our historic building all the way to Kansas! This coming Sunday, January 31st from 1-5 PM, join us as we wish away the winter blues with our first-ever Tu B’shvat Winter Garden Festival, […]

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New Meets Old at Eldridge

What happens when contemporary art and historic architecture combine? Find out at the Museum at Eldridge Street, which has commissioned artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans to create a new monumental east window for the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. This installation will be completed in Spring 2010. Walking into the grand sanctuary, visitors will get a […]

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The Church of Sea and Land

While looking into the history of Eldridge Street, I came across a fantastic e-book digitized by Project Guttenberg about a historic church in the neighborhood, located on the corner of Henry and Market Streets. The Kirk on Rutgers Farm, written by Frederick Brückbauer in 1919, celebrates a century of worship in what began as the Dutch Reformed […]

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