Tagged: “Landmark of the Spirit”

The Wild, Weird History of a 50th Anniversary

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 wasn’t exactly the 50th anniversary. And arguably, the story of […]

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On this day: bad press for “our down-town brethren”

On this day: bad press for “our down-town brethren”

This post was written by Museum intern Lila Norris. As you may have read, last week on September 4th marked the anniversary of the Eldridge Street Synagogue opening its doors, but this week marks another related anniversary regarding press that followed that opening. On September 11th, 1887 the Reform-based publication The American Isrealite, published in […]

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On This Day in 1887: Eldridge Street Synagogue opens its doors!

On This Day in 1887: Eldridge Street Synagogue opens its doors!

Today is a huge anniversary for the Museum and our landmark synagogue – on September 4th, 1887 the Eldridge Street Synagogue officially opened to the public. Remarkably, construction in the incredibly ornate building had begun only ten months earlier. And on September 4th, 1887, the Lower East Side gained its first purpose-built, large-scale synagogue. It […]

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