Upon entering the beautifully restored sanctuary at the Museum at Eldridge Street, visitors are transported back to the height of the synagogue’s glory. Built in 1887 during the rise of Jewish immigration to the Lower East Side and restored in the 1980’s after a period of neglect and disrepair, the building is a perfect reflection of the past, present, and future of this historic neighborhood. Today, the synagogue’s sanctuary is covered from floor to ceiling in painted patterns and sparkling ornamentations, all twinkling in the shafts of light that emanate from the Museum’s newest and most distinctive feature: the exquisite stained-glass window designed by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans. While the restoration of the sanctuary remained faithful to historical accounts of the synagogue’s 19th-century interior, the new window is an intentional departure from the past. It represents a bright and colorful future for both the Museum and the neighborhood.
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.
The Museum at Eldridge Street annually welcomes more than 7,000 K-12 students for programs on Jewish culture and holidays, immigration history and architecture and historic preservation. As the school years draws to a close, Senior Museum Educator Rachel Serkin shares her experience on museum education and … Read more
Storywalks is just the coolest thing. It’s a new, free smartphone app that will debut at the Museum at Eldridge Street with a launch party on December 6th. Why is it so amazing? Because it brings history to life by restoring voices from the past … Read more
We (Amy Milford and Hanna Griff-Sleven) did a test-run of our super-fabulous, wonderfully fun and absolutely delicious Pre-Passover Nosh & Stroll. The real tour is scheduled for this Sunday, April 10 at 11 am (the 2pm time is already sold out) and we hope you’ll … Read more