Oral History

Women Take the Lead: February 16, 1919

Women Take the Lead: February 16, 1919

On this day, we remember the formation of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Formed February 16, 1919, the all-female committee arose during a time of flux within the synagogue itself, and the nation at-large. At the end of 1918, Eldridge had installed its first permanent rabbi, Avrohom Aharon Yudelovitch. Prior to Yudelovitch […]

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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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Mom’s Hamentashen: A Daughter’s Purim Memories

Mom’s Hamentashen: A Daughter’s Purim Memories

  Sharon Lotman Stein is the first person you meet when you enter the Museum at Eldridge Street. She runs the front desk Monday through Wednesday. When I sat down with her, she told me her personal Purim holiday story. “My Chicago mother, Lynn Lotman, was a wonderful home baker.  Every Friday morning, she would […]

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Oral Histories: Stories Old and New

Oral Histories: Stories Old and New

by Hannah Gottlieb, Summer Intern If you have visited the Museum at Eldridge Street you can attest to the fact that our building has become the “odd-one-out” in the neighborhood, as it is nestled among storefronts with advertisements written in Chinese and a Buddhist pagoda two doors down. Our visitors aren’t alone in this observation—Hanna Griff-Sleven’s […]

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