Early Jewish Life, on the Hudson

This blog post is written by Museum intern Kathryn Norris. Jewish-American origin stories often start with the waves of immigration to the U.S. in the 18th, and especially in the 19th, centuries. But Jewish life in America existed long before this. In fact, the earliest … Read more

Where You Live in New York May Say a Lot About Your Jewish Heritage

This blog post was written by Museum intern Dalia Rubinstein. It’s no secret that New York is one of the Jewish capitals of the world. The city alone is home to 1.1 million Jews, making it the largest Jewish community outside of Israel. It boasts … Read more

Jews in New York – before it was even called New York

This post was written by Dina Posner, an intern at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Dina is a candidate for a Masters degree in Historic Preservation at Pratt Institute.    Our Museum’s building represents a major Jewish “first” – built in 1887, the Eldridge Street Synagogue … 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