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In the early 20th century, the Lower East Side was the most crowded neighborhood in the world. Fleeing violent persecution, newly arrived immigrants from Eastern Europe recreated a familiar environment of their previous homeland as they sought to establish new roots in America. Uniquely captured in postcards, the social media of the time, lively street scenes crowded with pickle vendors, pushcarts and horse-drawn carriages presented a stunning visual record of the “Jewish ghetto”in New York and shtetls and cities throughout…
From Prague-based collector František Bányai comes a remarkable collection of historic postcards on Jewish themes. Both beautiful and poignant, the postcards offer a view of a time and place that no longer exist – synagogues, many destroyed during the Second World War, people on their way to prayer, celebrating and sending greetings in a vanished Eastern Europe of a century ago. This exhibit has been extended and will be on view through September 8.
Ten years ago, the Museum completed the restoration of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. In celebration of this milestone, this photography exhibition provides a visual record of that painstaking process. These haunting photographs capture the rediscovery of the synagogue during its most precarious years. In color and stark black and white, they recall the building’s undeniable poignancy and power even as it was a “rainstorm away from collapse.” Images of the restoration document the synagogue’s dramatic transformation and the artisans who…
Enjoy an enchanting Chanukah experience for the whole family! Let There Be Light – A Whole Lotta Light! Menorahs from the Collection of the Lori and David Moore Family features an array of menorahs from the collection of the Lori and David Moore family that show just how many ways there are to light up the holiday. Lori and David Moore began buying menorahs as a way to provide their son and daughter with a holiday tradition, mirroring other families’ yearly holiday…