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.

"It was all so worthless, yet so priceless."Museum of Chinese in America's archives contain irreplaceable items from ove...
01/30/2020
The irreplaceable items lost in Museum of Chinese in America's fire - Museum at Eldridge Street

"It was all so worthless, yet so priceless."

Museum of Chinese in America's archives contain irreplaceable items from over a century of people of Chinese descent traveling to America and creating rich lives that reflected their traditions, aspirations and new home. A recent fire has threatened to destroy it all.

Read the post below to learn more about this tragedy and find out what you can do to help.

You may have heard that last week, a fire broke out at 70 Mulberry Street. The building was owned by the city and was home to many community centers – a dance center, a senior citizens center, an athletics organization, and a job training center. But 70 Mulberry was also the first home of the …

Ever wondered what a 17-piece jazz band sounds like playing in a 130-year-old sanctuary? Find out Sunday, February 16th ...
01/29/2020

Ever wondered what a 17-piece jazz band sounds like playing in a 130-year-old sanctuary? Find out Sunday, February 16th when Eyal Vilner Big Band returns to Eldridge Street! This is the fifth year that they'll rock the house - don't miss it! Tickets: https://www.eldridgestreet.org/event/eyal-vilner-big-band-3/

The Museum is now taking applications for summer interns! Our interns are an essential part of the Eldridge team and get...
01/28/2020

The Museum is now taking applications for summer interns! Our interns are an essential part of the Eldridge team and get to work on a wide range of projects, from visitor services to programs to development and marketing.

It's the perfect way to dive into the museum world and get some serious hands-on experience. More information, including instructions to apply, is on our website: https://www.eldridgestreet.org/internships/.

We are so sad about the recent fire at 70 Mulberry Street and our thoughts are with everyone affected, including those w...
01/27/2020
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

We are so sad about the recent fire at 70 Mulberry Street and our thoughts are with everyone affected, including those who were injured. That building was home to many of our neighbors, including the archives of our friends at Museum of Chinese in America. Through ship tickets, letters home and other artifacts, their archives tell the story of centuries of cultural flux, adaptation and Chinese immigration to America. And the stories they tell are so intimate, documenting not just dates and names from history but personal stories that illuminate the true humanity of our past. Their mission is a lot like ours. This loss is unimaginable for their community and for all of us. In the coming weeks, the Museum at Eldridge Street will be supporting MOCA as they move forward from this tragedy. If you can, we encourage you to do the same.

Theater in the LES: The Grand Theatre and the Loew's Canal Theatre
01/26/2020
Theater in the LES: The Grand Theatre and the Loew's Canal Theatre

Theater in the LES: The Grand Theatre and the Loew's Canal Theatre

The Grand Theatre (also referred to simply as “The Grand”) opened in 1903 at 255-257 Grand Street, at the corner of Grand and Chrystie Streets. With its opening, The Grand became “the first theatre in America built for the express purpose of housing Yiddish productions.” An article published...

The Museum's next exhibition, which will open in April of this year, will feature an art piece made especially for displ...
01/23/2020

The Museum's next exhibition, which will open in April of this year, will feature an art piece made especially for display in our women's balcony. Working on that got us thinking way back to 1997, when Carol Hamoy's Welcome to America exhibition graced that space. Eighteen dresses hung hauntingly in the balcony. Seventeen of them carried the name of a brave soul and their immigration story - spanning 1892 to 1992. And one dress was left blank to represent all of history's untold stories. #tbt

"This is the great thing about working with a collection that spans a large amount of time, you start to uncover trends,...
01/21/2020
A secular, socialist, Yiddish newspaper walks into a synagogue.... - Museum at Eldridge Street

"This is the great thing about working with a collection that spans a large amount of time, you start to uncover trends, which help to demystify some of the decision making of the past, and solve some of those mysteries."

Our exhibition Pressed: Images from the Jewish Daily Forward presents some really fascinating images from 100 years of the iconic newspaper The Forward. But it also tells a lot about printing history, newspaper history, and Jewish life around the globe.

The three major players in the curation and creation of this exhibition sat down for a conversation about the show and what it means. Check it out below and join us tonight from 6 to 8PM for an open house where you can see the show and hear from Forward archivist Chana Pollack!

The Museum’s exhibition Pressed: Images from the Jewish Daily Forward is the latest in a diverse lineup of shows displayed throughout our landmark building. How do these shows come to be? How do curators balance satisfying the Museum’s mission with a desire to push the envelope? I sat down with ...

The Museum is open regular hours today, 10AM to 5PM. Just like all Mondays, admission today is pay what you wish, meanin...
01/20/2020

The Museum is open regular hours today, 10AM to 5PM. Just like all Mondays, admission today is pay what you wish, meaning any donation at all will get you in to the Museum. Join an hourly guided tour with one of our expert docents, or use self-guided materials to see the building on your own. [Photo by Saskia Kahn]⁠

"In my family, [my grandmother] was known for her comforting traditional Ecuadorian dishes such as llapingachos (soft an...
01/17/2020
Eat, Darling, Eat: Stories of Moms & Meals - Museum at Eldridge Street

"In my family, [my grandmother] was known for her comforting traditional Ecuadorian dishes such as llapingachos (soft and gooey potato and cheese pancakes) but she was equally renowned for her matzo ball soup."

We're sharing restauranteur Carla Perez-Gallardo's (of Lil' Deb's Oasis) story about her Ecuadorian grandma perfecting the art of Jewish cooking in the blog this week. Carla's story is in the archives of Eat, Darling, Eat, a storytelling site about mothers, daughters, food, and family. And this March, we're teaming up with them for a live event showcasing stories of food and immigration. Tell us yours! Send a story to [email protected] with "wontons to waffles" in the subject line. If you're chosen, you'll work with coaches to get your story (and you!) ready for the big stage. It'll be fun! And filling - for the soul and the stomach.

In the meantime, enjoy Carla's story below.

Nearly everyone’s got a story about moms and food. There are the glowing memories, about how your mother made the world’s best latkes or the town favorite chili. But there’s another side to that coin, too – maybe your mom was the worst cook in the world but set the best take-out table this s...

The Museum may not be here today if it weren't for this powerful collaboration between Roberta Brandes Gratz, who founde...
01/16/2020

The Museum may not be here today if it weren't for this powerful collaboration between Roberta Brandes Gratz, who founded the efforts to restore our building, and Peg Breen, the President of New York Landmarks Conservancy whose grants and advocacy have been instrumental to preservation and restoring a staggering number of projects in the city (including ours!). ⁠

Roberta and Peg are just two of the many determined women at the center of New York City's preservation fights - so many organizations and community groups are led by women. And on January 27th at 7PM, Roberta will return to Eldridge Street to lead a panel discussing the past, present and future of women in the field. You'll hear from ladies who've saved neighborhoods and landmarked buildings on what it takes to shape a city. Get your tickets!: https://www.eldridgestreet.org/event/womens-work-preserving-and-restoring-our-landmarks/ #tbt #throwbackthursday

Mark your calendars! The Museum will be open on Monday, January 20th with regular hours - 10AM to 5PM. And admission is ...
01/15/2020

Mark your calendars! The Museum will be open on Monday, January 20th with regular hours - 10AM to 5PM. And admission is pay what you wish! Spend your day off honoring immigrant heritage with us.

These guys took a much-deserved break from their jobs  in the composition room of The Forward to take this photo in 1897...
01/14/2020

These guys took a much-deserved break from their jobs in the composition room of The Forward to take this photo in 1897. They're part of the team that worked tirelessly each day to get a new issue into the hands of its 275,000 readers. Sam “Steamer” Kulchinsky is one of the young boys in this photo (it was not uncommon for young children to work in newspapers and many other industries at the time) - he worked at the Forward for 40 years, eventually leading the mailing department. ⁠

In our latest exhibition Pressed, you can see this print and the historic metal plate that once transferred this image onto a newspaper 100 years ago. Plus lots of other cool historic images that once appeared in the iconic Forward newspaper.⁠ Find out more > www.eldridgestreet.org/pressed.

Claudette Brady is an impassioned preservationist, an accomplished activist, and a strong advocate for New York's commun...
01/13/2020
Historic Preservation: Bed Stuy's Claudette Brady on Change

Claudette Brady is an impassioned preservationist, an accomplished activist, and a strong advocate for New York's communities. She co-founded the Bedford Stuyvesant Society for Historic Preservation and was instrumental in getting landmark designation for the Bedford Historic District and the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District expansion. Claudette has a keen understanding for what makes an inclusive and welcoming community in any New York neighborhood.

Hear from Claudette (and other preservationists, including the Museum's founder Roberta Brandes Gratz!) at January 27th's event Women's Work, exploring how women have been at the center of so many of New York's historic preservation and cultural heritage projects. https://www.eldridgestreet.org/event/womens-work-preserving-and-restoring-our-landmarks/

Historic Preservation: Longtime Bed Stuy resident, preservationist and entrepreneur Claudette Brady reflects on preservation and change in the neighborhood.

Due to a private event, the Museum will close today at 3PM. We are open until then, with guided tours every hour as usua...
01/12/2020

Due to a private event, the Museum will close today at 3PM. We are open until then, with guided tours every hour as usual. [Photo by Dan Creighton]

We wrangled the three major players of our latest exhibition - Museum curator Nancy Johnson, Forward archivist Chana Pol...
01/10/2020
A secular, socialist, Yiddish newspaper walks into a synagogue.... - Museum at Eldridge Street

We wrangled the three major players of our latest exhibition - Museum curator Nancy Johnson, Forward archivist Chana Pollack, and art director of Bowne & Co. printshop Rob Wilson - for a conversation about how such a unique and multifaceted show comes together and what it's like to mount a show about a secular, progressive newspaper inside a historic sacred space.

The Museum’s exhibition Pressed: Images from the Jewish Daily Forward is the latest in a diverse lineup of shows displayed throughout our landmark building. How do these shows come to be? How do curators balance satisfying the Museum’s mission with a desire to push the envelope? I sat down with ...

A little mid-restoration fisheye for your #tbt. Just 15 years ago this was the view from the back of our historic sanctu...
01/09/2020

A little mid-restoration fisheye for your #tbt. Just 15 years ago this was the view from the back of our historic sanctuary! It's been a productive 15 years.

There's a new cupola on Canal Street! The Jarmulowsky Bank cupola has reappeared on the roof, decades after having been ...
01/08/2020

There's a new cupola on Canal Street! The Jarmulowsky Bank cupola has reappeared on the roof, decades after having been removed from the landmark building. The 1912 building was built by Eldridge Street founder Sender Jarmulowsky, and legend has it that he added the cupola to the design so that his bank could surpass the height of the nearby Forward headquarters. The new cupola is part of a full restoration of the Canal Street landmark. We're thrilled that this bit of grandeur is back in the Lower East Side sky!

We curated a great a selection of historic Jarmulowsky bank photos on Urban Archive - see how the new one measures up: https://www.urbanarchive.org/stories/7vsmkTnLtk7/irZgsqDDzcC.

Let's lean into the dark-before-you've-even-left-work days and spend our evenings in community, curiosity and discovery....
01/07/2020

Let's lean into the dark-before-you've-even-left-work days and spend our evenings in community, curiosity and discovery. Drop by from 6 to 8 on Tuesday, January 21st for a free open house to showcase our latest exhibition Pressed: Images from the Jewish Daily Forward. Not only will you get to enjoy the dramatic warmth of our sanctuary at night, but The Forward Archivist Chana Pollack will be sharing artifacts from the newspaper's iconic past and insights into the curation of this dynamic exhibition.

Let us know you're coming - https://www.eldridgestreet.org/event/evening-open-house-the-forward-archives/

01/05/2020

Women in Power and Powerful Women in the Bible

Wondering how a whip-smart feminist might interpret Biblical stories that center women? Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky has spent he...
01/02/2020

Wondering how a whip-smart feminist might interpret Biblical stories that center women? Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky has spent her accomplished career examining that very thing. Her 2014 book The Dangerous Sisters of the Hebrew Bible explores the biblical portrayal of sisters and sisterhoods, and argues that both play a vital role in the Bible’s narrative. And in 2017, her book Gender-Play in the Hebrew Bible examined how the Bible defies and challenges gender norms.

She's got a unique perspective that expands the typical rhetoric around these topics. And she's bringing it to Eldridge next Sunday at 3PM!
Tickets >> https://www.eldridgestreet.org/event/women-in-power-and-powerful-women-in-the-bible/

Tomorrow marks a major anniversary in NYC immigration history. January 1, 1892 was the first day that new immigrants ent...
12/31/2019

Tomorrow marks a major anniversary in NYC immigration history. January 1, 1892 was the first day that new immigrants entered the country through Ellis Island. The first immigration building on the island, a wooden structure, burnt down just five years later. In 1900, its replacement opened and still stands today. Although immigration was slow in the first few years of the island's debut, it quickly surged, eventually reaching 5,000 people every day. Ellis Island quickly became emblematic of the United States and the search for a better life. It is estimated that around 12 million people came through Ellis Island's immigration building during its tenure.

Urban Archive has a great collection of immigration center photos & even more info on its history and design! https://www.urbanarchive.org/sites/XKviT2TKBuL/EGqAmf7j8tQ

Take note of this week's holiday hours! The Museum will close at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, December 31st and be closed for New...
12/30/2019

Take note of this week's holiday hours! The Museum will close at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, December 31st and be closed for New Years Day on January 1st. We will reopen with regular hours, at 10:00 am, on Thursday, January 2nd. Best wishes for the start of 2020!

Tomorrow marks a very curious anniversary in Eldridge Street history.
12/27/2019
The Wild, Weird History of a 50th Anniversary - Museum at Eldridge Street

Tomorrow marks a very curious anniversary in Eldridge Street history.

  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 5...

It's always a special, festive day when Klezmerfest comes calling! Thanks to Greg Wall and the whole band for putting on...
12/26/2019

It's always a special, festive day when Klezmerfest comes calling! Thanks to Greg Wall and the whole band for putting on two great shows yesterday and to all the families who came to celebrate with us throughout the day. [Photos by Scott Brevda]

12/25/2019

Klez for Kids!

Merry Christmas! Or, Happy Hanukkah! You get to celebrate both with this menorah. And with the Museum at Eldridge Street...
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas! Or, Happy Hanukkah! You get to celebrate both with this menorah. And with the Museum at Eldridge Street. All are welcome at today's Klez for Kids family concerts, at 12 and 2:30pm in our historic sanctuary. Enjoy energetic klezmer music and more, as Klezmerfest makes their shows fun and interactive for kids. Plus there will be festive Hanukkah songs and menorahs lit after each show! Get your tickets - http://ow.ly/WLuL50xFqJR

Judith - a powerful wordsmith who changed the fate of the Jewish people forever. You might think you know her story, but...
12/24/2019
Women in Power and Powerful Women in the Bible - Museum at Eldridge Street

Judith - a powerful wordsmith who changed the fate of the Jewish people forever. You might think you know her story, but Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky's job is to dive deeper into the stories of biblical women. And she'll be helping you do the same on January 5th at 3PM. Join Dr. Kalmanofsky then to dissect the stories of many powerful women in the bible and learn more about their stories as people and heroines. https://www.eldridgestreet.org/event/women-in-power-and-powerful-women-in-the-bible/

The Bible is full of stories involving women – in battle, in peril, in moral quandaries. Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky has dedicated her scholarship to powerful woman of the Bible, their legacies in our culture and their impact on our lives today. Deeply committed to fostering learning, Dr. Kalmanofsky help...

How does a menorah designed in 19th-century Italy differ from one  that hails from 1900s Israel? Sure, menorahs requires...
12/23/2019

How does a menorah designed in 19th-century Italy differ from one that hails from 1900s Israel? Sure, menorahs requires a few key elements but then it's up to the designer to work their magic. Hear from our curator about how the menorahs in our exhibition Lighting the World tell the story of just how vastly diverse Jewish culture has been over centuries. Then come see the show yourself! On view during all Museum hours. https://www.eldridgestreet.org/blog/tracing-the-jewish-journey-through-hanukiah-design/

"This year, one person’s Christmas Day is another’s Hanukkah night. But whatever holiday you celebrate, all are welcome ...
12/20/2019
7 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend

"This year, one person’s Christmas Day is another’s Hanukkah night. But whatever holiday you celebrate, all are welcome at this festive concert, an annual tradition on the Lower East Side."

That's the The New York Times talking up our Klez for Kids concerts - at 12 and 2:30PM on December 25th. Head on down to Chinatown on Christmas Day!

Our guide to cultural events in New York City for children and teenagers happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

Christmas day - stores shutter, schools close, the streets get quiet...and you need to keep everyone occupied. Gather wi...
12/19/2019

Christmas day - stores shutter, schools close, the streets get quiet...and you need to keep everyone occupied. Gather with families from around the city at Eldridge Street! Two energetic concerts at noon at 2:30 will have everyone singing together and dancing in the aisles. And each show will conclude with festive Hanukkah music and a menorah lighting - kids participation strongly requested!

Get your tickets today - then start researching which Chinatown restaurant you'll head to afterwards for your traditional Christmas meal. https://www.eldridgestreet.org/event/klezforkids/

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Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
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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.
Hello. Join me, fellow Jews and allies. I will be attending today's 2pm Youth-led Vigil outside at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. Their Congregation Beit Elohim FB page says it will include Kaddish. OCT 28 Youth Vigil for Pittsburgh Public · Hosted by Rachel Landis and Sonia Chajet Wides Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2 PM EDT Grand Army Plaza 1 Grand Army Plz, Brooklyn, New York 11238
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.