Museum at Eldridge Street

Museum at Eldridge Street Located in the 1887 National Historic Landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue, the Museum explores immigration, architecture and restoration, and Jewish ritual. Open Sun-Thurs, 10-5, Fri 10-3.

The Museum at Eldridge Street is housed in the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, a magnificent National Historic Landmark that has been meticulously restored. Exhibits, tours, cultural events and educational programs tell the story of Jewish immigrant life at the turn of the last century, explore architecture and historic preservation, inspire reflection on cultural continuity, and foster collaboration and exchange between people of all faiths, heritages and interests.

"There is a building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan that is a sort of semi-ghost right now, hovering on the edge of...
03/26/2020

"There is a building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan that is a sort of semi-ghost right now, hovering on the edge of real life." Renowned architectural critic Paul Goldberger described our building that way in 1977, before any real effort to preserve and restore the building had gotten underway. He called the sanctuary "somber and haunting, still grand and, with dust and disarray, ...mysterious in a way that it could never have been in its active days."

We're so glad that, over 40 years later, this special place is a ghost no longer. But hopefully even our beautifully restored sanctuary still hangs on to a bit of that mystery.

Read Paul's full article here: https://nyti.ms/2QLvECy.

Over on Instagram, our (metaphorical) phone lines are open and we're taking your questions to Museum archivist & exhibit...
03/25/2020

Over on Instagram, our (metaphorical) phone lines are open and we're taking your questions to Museum archivist & exhibition curator Nancy Johnson! What do you want to know about Nancy's process, inspiration, challenges? Comment below or head to our Instagram stories to send in your burning questions today! https://www.instagram.com/stories/museumateldridgestreet/

Oh to wander the city streets, craning our necks upward at soaring towers! Most of us are stuck inside, so we might as w...
03/24/2020
The Forward Newspaper: A landmark of change

Oh to wander the city streets, craning our necks upward at soaring towers! Most of us are stuck inside, so we might as well visit #NewYorkFromHome. Let's explore the legendary Forward building on the Lower East Side. There's plenty more tours available to help you pretend you're roaming the city on Urban Archive!

The longtime home of the Jewish Daily Forward sits on East Broadway between Rutgers and Jefferson Streets. The Yiddish-language newspaper was founded in 1897 and built its iconic headquarters in 1912 at ground zero for its Eastern European constituents. The legendary paper still publishes digitally....

Everything happening feels unprecedented right now. But New York City has dealt with widespread illness in the past. How...
03/23/2020
"Avoid getting wet": how historic NYC dealt with disease - Museum at Eldridge Street

Everything happening feels unprecedented right now. But New York City has dealt with widespread illness in the past. How do their experiences compare with ours today? We discuss, today on the blog.

This post was written by Museum intern Lila Norris. As the novel Coronavirus continues to spread around the world, daily life in New York City has been completely upended. Businesses, bars, restaurants, schools and museums have been forced to close their doors. Although these feel like entirely unpr...

Staff at Museum at Eldridge Street are finding themselves missing their morning bean bun, longing for their lunchtime du...
03/20/2020

Staff at Museum at Eldridge Street are finding themselves missing their morning bean bun, longing for their lunchtime dumplings and craving an afternoon ginger tea. We miss our local businesses! If you are in the area, check out this guide compiled by the Chinatown BID to all the Chinatown restaurants you can support through pick-up and delivery orders. Or inquire about gift card purchases that you can use when all this has passed. We can't wait to get back to supporting these essential community sites ourselves. [Photo: Zachary Zavislak for The New Yorker]

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Some extra time inside seems like a great opportunity to brush up on a creative hobby. Here's some inspiration -  a live...
03/18/2020

Some extra time inside seems like a great opportunity to brush up on a creative hobby. Here's some inspiration - a lively sketch of our Chinatown block, done by Jeffrey M. Levine during an outing with NYC Urban Sketchers. Since we can't be there in person right now, this illustration is conjuring all the joy and energy for us.

We're living in unprecedented times right now - museums, bars, and restaurants are closed, events cancelled, and Broadwa...
03/17/2020
13 Times That Broadway Went Dark in NYC - Untapped New York

We're living in unprecedented times right now - museums, bars, and restaurants are closed, events cancelled, and Broadway has gone dark. But at least when it comes to the latter, New York has actually been here before. Check out this look back in time, from our friends at Untapped New York, to other moments when the Great White Way has taken a break.

Broadway is shut down for over a month due to coronavirus, but it's gone dark a number of times since the early 1900s due to strikes, storms, and tragedies.

Yesterday was National Egg Cream Day! Since many of us aren't able to venture out to our nearest egg cream purveyor at t...
03/16/2020

Yesterday was National Egg Cream Day! Since many of us aren't able to venture out to our nearest egg cream purveyor at the moment, let's take a virtual walk back to when Carmine from The Classic Coffee Shop taught the Eldridge staff how he makes his perfect fizzy drink. Thanks to Riley Arthur (who runs the fabulous dinersofnyc Instagram page) for being there to capture the moment!

To prepare for Sunday's Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival, we took the Museum's new interns to The Classic Coffee Shop so they could learn the art of the egg cream. Carmine, the shop's owner since the 1970s, makes a masterful one! And he serves those chocolate and vanilla treats along with other classic diner fare from his cozy Hester Street storefront.

Thanks to Riley Arthur of Diners of NYC for joining us for the visit and taking these super fun photos! We start serving up our own egg creams (and other goodies) on Sunday June 17th at noon.

Tenement Museum
03/13/2020
Tenement Museum

Tenement Museum

This week, The New York Times' annual Museums pullout section came out, this year featuring the Tenement Museum along with our friends Museum of Chinese in America and Museum at Eldridge Street! Check out the link below to read the full story.

Due to the escalating concern around COVID-19 and the cautions advocated by public health officials, the Museum at Eldri...
03/12/2020

Due to the escalating concern around COVID-19 and the cautions advocated by public health officials, the Museum at Eldridge Street has made the tough decision to temporarily suspend all activity beginning Sunday, March 15th.⁠

Rest assured that there are no known cases of exposure to the coronavirus among museum staff, volunteers, or visitors. But we're mindful of public concerns and making this decision based solely on precaution.⁠

We'll be watching closely and hope to make a determination about our future schedule soon. All updates will be shared here as well as on our website. We are wishing safety, calm and clarity for the city, the country and the world as the situation remains ongoing.

Hamantaschen have been making Purims sweeter for a long time, but it was 66 years ago today that they made their debut o...
03/11/2020
Hamantaschen's New York Times debut - Museum at Eldridge Street

Hamantaschen have been making Purims sweeter for a long time, but it was 66 years ago today that they made their debut on the pages of the New York Times. What did the newspaper have to say about the holiday treats? And what does that have to do with the popular Mad Men TV show? Read our latest blog post to find out.

Not everyone dresses up for Purim or even knows the Purim story. But one culinary tradition of the holiday seems to have transcended all other elements of the springtime holiday. That’s right, I’m talkin’ hamantaschen. Seeking out or making your own little Purim cookies around this time has be...

"Imagine walking on the Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century in what was then the most densely populated plac...
03/10/2020
New York City Museums Teach the History of Immigration

"Imagine walking on the Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century in what was then the most densely populated place on Earth — with people from all over the world. You would hear a cacophony of languages, bump against people and inhale the urgent smells of survival.

Four museums in the neighborhood not only reimagine this immersive experience, they repurpose it as a tool to learn about immigration today."

We're so proud to be with our friends Tenement Museum, Henry Street Settlement and Museum of Chinese in America in this piece about reframing history and immigration on the Lower East Side!

Four places on the Lower East Side provide immersive experiences for visitors, and also explore U.S. laws.

Take a little lunchtime tour through history with this story about the Forward newspaper from us & Urban Archive! The ne...
03/09/2020
The Forward Newspaper: A landmark of change

Take a little lunchtime tour through history with this story about the Forward newspaper from us & Urban Archive! The newspaper's historic HQ building still towers over the neighborhood today, although it serves a much different purpose than it did 100 years ago.

Take a look at these great images of the Forward's iconic building, then come see our exhibition Pressed, about the history of printing images in the Yiddish-language newspaper!

The longtime home of the Jewish Daily Forward sits on East Broadway between Rutgers and Jefferson Streets. The Yiddish-language newspaper was founded in 1897 and built its iconic headquarters in 1912 at ground zero for its Eastern European constituents. The legendary paper still publishes digitally....

Unplug, unwind, and recharge. Our brains need a break from tech and we're hear to help with the National Day of Unpluggi...
03/06/2020

Unplug, unwind, and recharge. Our brains need a break from tech and we're hear to help with the National Day of Unplugging.⁠

Places and people across the country are celebrating the intention to unplug & reconnect this weekend, and we're getting a head start by offering 'pay what you wish' admission all day today. Use our serene sanctuary to get some peace and quiet, tech-free! Just mention the day of unplugging at the door - then silence those phones, put them out of sight, and take a few moments to connect back to real life, and yourself.

Check out all those photos! We're so glad to be included in Alma's list of the 15 most Instagrammable synagogues on the ...
03/05/2020

Check out all those photos! We're so glad to be included in Alma's list of the 15 most Instagrammable synagogues on the globe. What an honor to be listed among these other stunning sites! And we just love seeing all your photos side-by-side like this. Check out the full list and keep those photos comin'! https://www.heyalma.com/these-15-synagogues-most-instagrammable-in-the-world/.

Our serene sanctuary is tailor made to be a place of meditation and reflection. So take a break from your news feed, the...
03/04/2020
Take The Pledge — National Day of Unplugging

Our serene sanctuary is tailor made to be a place of meditation and reflection. So take a break from your news feed, the constant chatter, and daily anxieties with us this Friday, March 6, with the National Day of Unplugging. This day is your chance to set an intention to put down your phone and connect with the real world. We're offering pay what you wish admission all day for any visitor who comes on Friday and mentions the Day of Unplugging!

We'll make it easy to take a break from your phone or device with a free cell phone sleeping bag. Take the pledge and unplug.

03/04/2020

The Andy Statman Trio!

We're making a week out of #nationaloldstuffday and sharing more from the Jarmulowsky collection! Sender Jarmulowsky's b...
03/03/2020

We're making a week out of #nationaloldstuffday and sharing more from the Jarmulowsky collection! Sender Jarmulowsky's bank distributed some great swag to its customers to help them do their banking and, of course, to inspire loyalty to their local bank.

A triangle-shaped coin purse was stamped in gold with the bank's information. The flip side of this purse is stamped in Yiddish. ⁠

We also have a pocket banking log that originally belonged to a member of Sender's family. The back of the notebook is once again stamped with that illustration of the Canal Street building. And an intro page names it "The Newest Safest Most Attractive Bank Building"! ⁠A modest claim.

03/03/2020
The Andy Statman Trio

Tonight! The Andy Statman Trio is back in the Eldridge Street sanctuary. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind concert.

The show starts at 7PM and your ticket is cheaper if you buy in advance: https://71712.blackbaudhosting.com/71712/Brokers-Partnership-Presents-The-Andy-Statman-Trio-Plays-the-Museum-at-Eldridge-Street.

EDIT: The Andy Statman Trio returns to Museum at Eldridge Street on Tuesday March 3rd 2020 at 7pm!

December begins with The Andy Statman Trio (Andy Statman, Jim Whitney, Larry Eagle) on a short swing through New England:
Sunday the 3rd: Common Fence Music, Portsmouth RI, http://www.commonfencemusic.org/index.html
Monday the 4th: Club Passim, Cambridge MA (with special guests) http://passim.org/club/andy-statman-3
Tuesday the 5th: One Longfellow Square, Portland ME https://onelongfellowsquare.com/event-registration/?ee=839

Here's a clip from last week's concert at the beautifully restored Museum at Eldridge Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side, and special thanks to Miles Chapin and Hanna Griff-Sleven for bringing us back -loads of fun!

Today is National Old Stuff Day! We're always celebrating old stuff (since the museum is operated inside one very big ol...
03/02/2020

Today is National Old Stuff Day! We're always celebrating old stuff (since the museum is operated inside one very big old thing!) but this morning we celebrated by looking through pieces of our collection related to Sender Jarmulowsky, a successful bank owner and the first president of Eldridge Street's congregation.⁠

Jarmulowsky's grand bank was just a few blocks away from the synagogue on Canal & Orchard Streets. He made a name for himself in the neighborhood by appealing to immigrants' needs - they could bank in their native Yiddish and take out a loan to pay for the costs of bringing their family to New York from Eastern Europe. His building still stands today and after many languishing years, is finally undergoing a meticulous historic restoration for an incoming hotel. ⁠

We'll share some pieces from this collection over the coming week. Here you see:⁠

1. Checks issued by the Jarmulowsky bank, bearing a beautiful illustrating of the Canal Street tower. They were clearly quite proud of their flagship building - it appears on many pieces meant for the business's use and for customers. Even today, it towers over the surrounding neighborhood and would have been a real symbol of immigrant success and financial stability. ⁠

2. The business card of Sender himself! It's quite minimalist, which is surprising considering how often decorative elements, like the bank building image, appear on other materials. But perhaps Sender was going for the serious businessman vibe with these cards.

02/28/2020
The Andy Statman Trio at the Historic Eldridge Street Synagogue

There's no sound quite like the Andy Statman Trio's sound! Their mix of bluegrass, jazz and Jewish traditions is energetic, unexpected and really fun.

The trio will bring all that excitement to our historic sanctuary on Monday night! Tickets are still available so make your plans today to join us: https://71712.blackbaudhosting.com/71712/Brokers-Partnership-Presents-The-Andy-Statman-Trio-Plays-the-Museum-at-Eldridge-Street.

The Andy Statman Trio (Andy Statman, clarinet, mandolin), Jim Whitney (bass), Larry Eagle (drums and percussion) in concert at the the Historic Eldridge Stre...

Today we're sharing a very schmutzy staircase for #tbt! We're lucky that this historic stairwell never collapsed, consid...
02/27/2020

Today we're sharing a very schmutzy staircase for #tbt! We're lucky that this historic stairwell never collapsed, considered how damaged some parts were before restoration began. Everyday at the Museum, visitors use this staircase to reach the beauty of the historic sanctuary. Along the way, they marvel at the restored hand-stenciled paint on the walls and the intricately carved wooden banister and newel posts.

The stairwell on the other side of the building didn't fare as well and could not be salvaged. It was unfortunate to lose an original piece of the building but the situation came with a silver lining - losing the stairwell gave us the perfect place to install an elevator, making each of the building's levels accessible to visitors not able or interested in climbing the stairs.⁠

You could win TWO free spots at one of League of Kitchens' immersive "taste of" culinary experiences! All you have to do...
02/25/2020

You could win TWO free spots at one of League of Kitchens' immersive "taste of" culinary experiences! All you have to do is join us on March 19th for our event Stories of Wontons to Waffles. Whether you're a maven cook or a takeout junkie, you'll find kinship at this event featuring live stories of food, family, mothers, daughters, and immigration.

And if that's your kind of event, you'll just love League of Kitchens. They invite you into real kitchens to foster connection & teach new skills through intimate food workshops - empowering and supporting immigrant women from around the globe. Get your March 19th tickets today to enter to win one of their fabulous experiences! https://www.eldridgestreet.org/event/stories-of-wontons-to-waffles/

On February 16, 1919, the Eldridge Street Synagogue established the Ladies' Auxiliary. Formed at the height of the women...
02/21/2020

On February 16, 1919, the Eldridge Street Synagogue established the Ladies' Auxiliary. Formed at the height of the women's suffrage movement, the group formalized much of the charity work that was already being done by the women of the congregation. The auxiliary provided concrete leadership roles for women, allowing them to more fully engage in the congregation and the Lower East Side community.⁠

The neighborhood really was the center of life for many congregants. This beautiful little dress once belonged to a lucky bride who met her husband right on Eldridge Street! The couple, Saul and Ida, grew up next to each other - Ida at 113 Eldridge Street and Saul at 109. Many love connections were made by proximity. Young Lower East Side women would have often been pulled between family traditions and the modern ways of life they were learning in their new home. But local settlement houses hosted dances and other gatherings for young people that would have likely been approved of by their immigrant parents. Maybe Ida and Saul shared a few dances together at such a gathering! Marrying someone from the neighborhood, someone from a Jewish immigrant family similar to your own, would likely have made traditional parents proud. This dress is on display in the Museum's family history room.

On February 16, 1919, the Eldridge Street Synagogue established the Ladies' Auxiliary. Formed at the height of the women...
02/20/2020

On February 16, 1919, the Eldridge Street Synagogue established the Ladies' Auxiliary. Formed at the height of the women's suffrage movement, the group formalized much of the charity work that was already being done by the women of the congregation. The auxiliary provided concrete leadership roles for women in the congregation, allowing them to participate in the care of the building as well as of surrounding communities in need. We're celebrating the anniversary all week long by diving into the history of women at Eldridge Street.⁠

Most congregants' lives were far from easy or glamorous. But that doesn't mean services were without the finer things! Well-to-do congregants would attend Eldridge Street services in fur pieces, feathered hats, white gloves and even diamonds. This type of wealth was certainly not the majority for East Siders, however it would be common for most to have a nice piece or two to wear to Saturday services. After all, the sumptuous beauty of the sanctuary was the fanciest place they'd usually be visiting - why not dress to match their environment? These fine gloves and purse are on display in the Museum's permanent exhibition.

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Had a marvelous visit to the Museum today. I had brought students from my university in Georgia to visit in 2018, and I came back with my wife Martha today. We had a wonderfully informative tour guide named Barbara, and we got to spend a lot of time after the tour soaking up the atmosphere from the women's gallery and then looking at all the displays on the first floor. We purchased a couple of books upon leaving, and the person behind the desk very kindly ran all the way to the end of the block to return the debit card I'd forgotten! I love this beautiful historic site and recommend it to everyone!
This challah cover, designed to be embroidered, says it was donated by "Isser Reznik's Sons, 77 1/2 Eldridge St. Distributers of Royal Muslin." Looking for info about it, especially when it was created.
Probably one of the most beautiful and most interesting buildings in NYC. In the Lower East Side and worth seeing... whether or not you are Jewish.
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Stunning experience visiting today.
this reminds me of the synagogue
We visited recently your fantastic museum, we liked the way you are telling stories, starting with the people that had the vision to build a synagogue. We found many interesting stories for us. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Jewsineastprussia/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1870983542925603
I grew up on Eldridge Street and my mom cleaned this and other sanctuary's back in the 60's and early 70's.
Thanks to MuseumatEldrigeStreet for a joyful Jewish, Christmas concert!
Live panel at the Immigration Arts Summit with our very own Hanna Griff-Sleven
Had an enjoyable tour today with Patty as our guide. Beautiful building, inside and outside.