A Tale of Two Synagogues: Beth Hamedrash Hagadol and Eldridge Street Synagogue

Here at the Museum at Eldridge Street, 1887 is always pointed to as the year of the congregation’s genesis. That’s due, of course, to the very obvious reason that this was the year of completion for their grand house of worship. However, this is not … Read more

The Wild, Weird History of a 50th Anniversary

  This blog post was written by Museum intern Lila Norris. Tomorrow marks a very curious anniversary in Eldridge Street history. Eighty-five years ago, on December 28th, 1934, the Eldridge Street congregants held a big bash for the 50th anniversary of the synagogue. Except it … Read more

Tracing Jewish History – Five Historic Synagogues of America

Museum At Eldridge Street - Historic Synagogues of America

Visitors to the Museum at Eldridge Street often ask if our landmark site – the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue – is the oldest synagogue in America. The answer is no. I was surprised to learn that the oldest synagogue is not in New York City, but in … Read more