125th Anniversary Cornerstone Celebration

Sunday, November 13th, we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of New York City’s Eldridge Street Synagogue and paid tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who settled on the Lower East Side. Our event was modeled on cornerstone celebrations of a century ago and blended historical and contemporary culture.

Frank London’s All Star Klezmer Brass Band

The celebration kicked off with a performance by Frank London’s All Star Klezmer Brass Band. New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer took center stage and just like the government officials present at the original ceremony, hailed America as the land of opportunity where immigrant communities can flourish.

Senator Chuck Schumer

The event featured remarks by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, museum leaders, and descendants of the original congregation. Our program also included performances by vocalist Jeremiah Lockwood, and the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. Cornerstone ceremonies often involved creating a time capsule to leave for future generations. In keeping with the tradition, our guests shared their reflections on the past and hopes for the future on a scroll that will be stored and opened again in years from now. 

One of Our Guests Leaving a Message for the Time Capsule

The cornerstone ceremony was followed by an open house where our invitees learned about the history of the landmark and its meticulous restoration. Thank you to everyone who joined us! Visit us again soon!

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