Staff Profile

Footprints of History – Reflections of Docent Roberta Berken

Roberta Berken has served as a docent for more than a dozen years, sharing the story of the Eldridge Street Synagogue with visitors from around the world. Here she shares reflections on the synagogue’s floorboards, a favorite feature. Though much of the synagogue was meticulously restored to its original grandeur, these worn floorboards reveal the […]

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Hanna’s Delicious Charoset Recipe for Passover

An exotic charoset recipe for Passover from the Museum’s Program Director, Hanna Griff-Sleven. More delicious holiday recipes and suggestions coming this week.    I grew up with the standard Ashkenazi apples and cinnamon and wine and walnut one, but over the years I’ve shared Seders with Jews from all over the world. One of the […]

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Docent Spotlight – Herb Kass

For 125 years, the Eldridge Street Synagogue has been collecting stories: memories of life in a faraway country, the struggle of moving to America, the heyday of the Jewish Lower East Side and even life in the neighborhood today. These stories are what give meaning to the building, stories that are literally told by the […]

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Intern Files: Sonny on Snuff

My name is Sonny, and I have been interning at The Museum at Eldridge Street for five months now. As the education intern at the museum, one of my jobs is researching new and interesting facts to include in our tours and school programs. I’ve always been fascinated by history, especially the unusual parts that […]

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