Museum at Eldridge Street

Museum at Eldridge Street Visit the Museum housed in the magnificently restored 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue.

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.

"Never-ending chapters of ethereal yesteryearsPave the road of existence for yet another day.Dreams, visions and experie...
01/09/2024

"Never-ending chapters of ethereal yesteryears
Pave the road of existence for yet another day.
Dreams, visions and experiences…
Architectural designs of some cosmic happenings."
-Rema Mohan

The poetic beauty of this grand architectural accomplishment continues to inspire visitors to the Museum at Eldridge Street to this day.

📍Explore in person Monday-Friday from 10am to 5pm

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"Journey back in time to the Lower East Side at the turn of the century. A new exhibit at The Museum at Eldridge Street ...
01/08/2024

"Journey back in time to the Lower East Side at the turn of the century. A new exhibit at The Museum at Eldridge Street introduces the often-overlooked stories of 29 women who lived or worked in the neighborhood.

The exhibition, titled "28 Remarkable Women...and One Scoundrel" features mixed media portraits by artist Adrienne Ottenberg, which are printed on silk and cotton banners. They're hung throughout the museum's gallery and historic sanctuary. Stories about the women highlight the work, life, and impact they made culturally, on social justice movements, and more."

Read more:

Learn the stories of "28 Remarkable Women...and One Scoundrel."

Here are a few highlights of our 67 historic stained-glass windows that give the Museum at Eldridge Street its ethereal ...
01/08/2024

Here are a few highlights of our 67 historic stained-glass windows that give the Museum at Eldridge Street its ethereal glow!

📍Catch a captivating look into our beautifully restored synagogue when you visit us in the NYC Lower East Side between 10am and 5pm

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This stunning space has a 50-foot  ceiling with an exquisite chandelier and 67 stained-glass windows!When it was built i...
01/07/2024

This stunning space has a 50-foot ceiling with an exquisite chandelier and 67 stained-glass windows!

When it was built in 1887, the Eldridge Street Synagogue, created by the Herter Brothers, was the epitome of contemporary taste.

Every surface was covered in ornate patterns, reflecting the concept of Horror Vacui, or "the fear of empty space," which was prevalent at the time.

Today, catch a captivating glimpse into the Jewish immigrant experience in the Lower East Side at one of the best landmarks in New York City with the Museum at Eldridge Street!

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➡️ Use our walking tour promo code:  NEWYEAR15 for 15% off public walking tours!New year, more walking tours! Follow in ...
01/04/2024

➡️ Use our walking tour promo code: NEWYEAR15 for 15% off public walking tours!

New year, more walking tours! Follow in the footsteps of immigrants from over a century ago & learn their stories with the Museum at Eldridge Street’s Walking Tour of the Jewish Lower East Side this Sunday, January 7th at 11:30am!

Samuel “Red” Levine was said to be a religious Orthodox Jewish hitman who always wore a yarmulke under his fedora. Altho...
01/02/2024

Samuel “Red” Levine was said to be a religious Orthodox Jewish hitman who always wore a yarmulke under his fedora. Although he participated in two of the most pivotal crimes in Mafia history, many people don’t know his story.

Levine was an American mobster, whose red hair and freckles inspired his nickname and it’s said that if he had no choice and had to make a hit on a Friday evening or on a Saturday, he would put the talith over his shoulders and pray.

Levine’s family moved to Houston Street on New York’s Lower East Side where he was part of Murder, Inc. He was one of the three hitmen sent by Meyer Lansky to assassinate the Sicilian mafia boss Salvatore Maranzano, the "capo di tutti capi," or "boss of bosses," in his office.

After the early 1940s, by which point most members of Murder Inc. had either died or gone to prison, Levine seemingly disappeared, sparing himself a lengthy sentence.

Join urban historian and educator Bradley Shaw for our Virtual Jewish Gangsters Walking Tour! We’ll explore the story of organized crime in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in New York City, including pickpockets, extortionists, armed robbers, bootleggers, gamblers, and hitmen who lived and conducted their business in the growing Jewish Lower East Side.

📍Join us on Zoom on Tuesday, January 9th at 6pm

🎟️ Get tickets: https://shorturl.at/kEMX8

Image: Samuel “Red” Levine’s mugshot

Start your new year off right with a desire for discovery and exploring new places! The Museum at Eldridge Street is a b...
01/01/2024

Start your new year off right with a desire for discovery and exploring new places!

The Museum at Eldridge Street is a beautifully restored historic treasure located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, offering unique tours and special events to the public.

📍Check us out on Sundays through Fridays from 10am to 5pm

Our best wishes to you and yours for a safe and Happy New Year! 🎉📍Please note: The Museum at Eldridge Street will close ...
12/30/2023

Our best wishes to you and yours for a safe and Happy New Year! 🎉

📍Please note: The Museum at Eldridge Street will close early at 3:30pm on Sunday, December 31, and will be closed on Monday, January 1, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd.

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Check out our programs on our YouTube channel!This program features experts on navigating the religious, medical, litera...
12/29/2023

Check out our programs on our YouTube channel!

This program features experts on navigating the religious, medical, literary, and ethical dimensions of aging: Rabbi Daniel Nevins, Head of School at Golda Och Academy and former Dean of The Rabbinical School at The Jewish Theological Seminary; Dr. Rosanne Leipzig, tenured professor and Vice Chair of Education in the Geriatrics Department at Mount Sinai Hospital; and Dr. Loren W. Greene, endocrinologist and obstetrics clinical professor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and bioethics specialist. This esteemed group is led in conversation by medical doctor and historian Dr. Michael Nevins, and together, they explore aging from their unique perspectives.

By 2060, the number of Americans 85 and older will have tripled, and soon, the country will have more than half a million centenarians. Despite this, society...

As the sun sets on 2023, we anticipate all that is possible in the new year with excitement.🕍 Through the Museum’s perma...
12/29/2023

As the sun sets on 2023, we anticipate all that is possible in the new year with excitement.

🕍 Through the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, K-12 & adult education, and family programs, we preserve our site's religious, architectural, and cultural heritage while bringing the past to life, creating a tangible link to the experiences of those who came before us.

➡️ We hope you’ll support us again with a special donation, enabling us to accomplish more in 2024: neighborhood walking tours, concerts in our magnificently restored sanctuary, and educational and public programs.

📍Make your donation at https://www.eldridgestreet.org/donate/

✨Our best wishes to you and yours for a safe and Happy New Year!

New exhibition alert 🚨 The Museum at Eldridge Street is proud to present "28 Remarkable Women...and One Scoundrel", a ne...
12/29/2023

New exhibition alert 🚨 The Museum at Eldridge Street is proud to present "28 Remarkable Women...and One Scoundrel", a new exhibition featuring 29 women who lived or worked on the Lower East Side of New York at the turn of the 20th century.

Mixed media portraits by artist Adrienne Ottenberg incorporate Lower East Side neighborhood maps and are printed on silk or cotton banners hung throughout the Museum’s gallery and historic sanctuary.

📍Pro tip: Explore the entire building to see if you can spot the scoundrel!


This awe-inspiring Moorish, Gothic and Romanesque building was the first grand house of worship purpose-built by Eastern...
12/26/2023

This awe-inspiring Moorish, Gothic and Romanesque building was the first grand house of worship purpose-built by Eastern European Jews in New York.

After a 20-year restoration campaign, the sanctuary is now a museum that holds tours and events.

A must-see is the monumental stained-glass window that was a collaboration by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans.

📍Please note: The Museum at Eldridge Street will close early at 3:30pm on Sunday, December 31, and will be closed on Monday, January 1, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd.

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Views inside the dreamiest historic landmark in NYC ✨ Stop by the Museum at Eldridge Street for a tour or take some iPho...
12/26/2023

Views inside the dreamiest historic landmark in NYC ✨ Stop by the Museum at Eldridge Street for a tour or take some iPhone photos of your travels!

📍Open Sunday-Friday from 10am to 5pm

Happy holidays from the Eldridge Street team! ✨🕍We're open on Sunday, December 24th, and Monday, December 25th📍Join us f...
12/23/2023

Happy holidays from the Eldridge Street team! ✨

🕍We're open on Sunday, December 24th, and Monday, December 25th

📍Join us for a fun-filled day in our dreamy, timeless historic main sanctuary, full of colorful stained-glass windows, elaborately painted motifs, and luminous light fixtures!

🎟️ Tickets: https://shorturl.at/BFT12

If you’re in NYC for the holidays, spend them at Eldridge Street! We're open on Sunday, December 24th, and Monday, Decem...
12/22/2023

If you’re in NYC for the holidays, spend them at Eldridge Street!

We're open on Sunday, December 24th, and Monday, December 25th, so join us for a fun-filled day in our dreamy, timeless historic main sanctuary, full of colorful stained-glass windows, elaborately painted motifs, and luminous light fixtures!

📍Join us for our Winter Concert on Monday, December 25th at 2pm in our Main Sanctuary!

🎟️ Tickets: https://shorturl.at/BFT12

“The unintended consequences of this 19th-century neighborhood mix of cultures and languages and poverty and reinvention...
12/20/2023

“The unintended consequences of this 19th-century neighborhood mix of cultures and languages and poverty and reinvention was a Lower East Side that let loose new American ideas about education, equality and justice. It was a place women could step into a larger role for the people around them, and they did not ask permission to do it.” - Adrienne Ottenberg, The New York Jewish Week

Read more about our latest exhibition about historic women of New York's Lower East Side.

A new exhibit at the Museum of Eldridge Street explores the forgotten history of local Jewish women and their neighbors.

Like historic buildings, people change over time - but how does one document aging? Our program, "Aging Well: Aging Wise...
12/14/2023

Like historic buildings, people change over time - but how does one document aging?

Our program, "Aging Well: Aging Wisely,” with Rabbi Paula Drill and moderated by Dr. Michael Nevins, will provide the spiritual approach to aging by analyzing Jewish texts and values that lead us toward an uplifting perspective rather than a declinist view on aging.

📍Join us on Zoom on Wednesday, December 20th at 11am

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Check out this feature in The New York Jewish Week about our current exhibition, "Meet 29 remarkable women who lived and...
12/13/2023

Check out this feature in The New York Jewish Week about our current exhibition, "Meet 29 remarkable women who lived and worked in the historic Lower East Side", displaying work by artist Adrienne Ottenberg.

Learn more: https://www.eldridgestreet.org/lowereastsidewomen

A new exhibit at the Museum of Eldridge Street explores the forgotten history of local Jewish women and their neighbors.

We’re participating in fun holiday festivities at Essex Street Market right now! See you there 🕎✨
12/10/2023

We’re participating in fun holiday festivities at Essex Street Market right now! See you there 🕎✨

Tonight marks the beginning of Chanukah! ✨This holiday is celebrated through the kindling of lights for eight nights, an...
12/07/2023

Tonight marks the beginning of Chanukah! ✨This holiday is celebrated through the kindling of lights for eight nights, and a specialized Chanukah lamp, or menorah, was developed for this ritual.

🕎 Chanukkah lamps all have the same basic form: eight lights - either fonts for oil with wicks or holders for candles - and a shamash, or servant light, used to kindle the others.

🕍 The Museum at Eldridge Street houses a collection of menorahs from around the globe within our restored, historic Main Sanctuary.

➡️ Scroll through to read about some favorites!
Can you guess where Menorah #1 is from?

In honor of the Festival of Lights, the Museum at Eldridge Street is offering a building tour of our extraordinarily res...
12/06/2023

In honor of the Festival of Lights, the Museum at Eldridge Street is offering a building tour of our extraordinarily restored Main Sanctuary.

Explore our landmark building and exhibit "Lighting the World: Menorahs Around the Globe", featuring our historic menorah collection.

Learn about the building, its Moorish Revival architecture, and Jewish history on the Lower East Side - all reflected through the menorah designs in our collection!

📍"Holiday Building Tour - Celebrate Chanukah at Eldridge” - Monday, December 11th at both 11am and 1pm ET


The story of this menorah begins with Manfred Anson (1922-2012), who was born in Germany and survived the Holocaust, mak...
12/05/2023

The story of this menorah begins with Manfred Anson (1922-2012), who was born in Germany and survived the Holocaust, making his way to the United States in 1963. Once here, he began to collect souvenirs relating to American monuments like the Statue of Liberty.

For the centennial of that monument in 1986, he had 9 Statues of Liberty cast from one of his figurines. He created this menorah to celebrate American and Jewish traditions and the spirit of freedom evoked by Hanukkah.

📍Explore our exhibit "Lighting the World: Menorahs Around the Globe," featuring pieces from the Dr. Aharon Ben Zalman Collection showcasing the rich diversity of Jewish practice spanning five continents and more than five centuries.

Like historic buildings, people change over time - but how does one document aging? Our program, "Aging Well: A Geriatri...
12/05/2023

Like historic buildings, people change over time - but how does one document aging?

Our program, "Aging Well: A Geriatrician Looks at Aging," with geriatrician and photographer Jeffrey Levine, MD, strives to do just that in his photographic journey around the globe, documenting what old age looks like physically and spiritually.

📍Join us on Zoom on Wednesday, December 6th at 11am

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We're proud to present a new exhibition, "On the Lower East Side: 28 Remarkable Women…and One Scoundrel", opening this S...
12/02/2023

We're proud to present a new exhibition, "On the Lower East Side: 28 Remarkable Women…and One Scoundrel", opening this Sunday, December 3 at 3pm.

The exhibition features 29 different women who lived or worked on the Lower East Side of New York at the turn of the twentieth century.

Their mixed media portraits by artist Adrienne Ottenberg incorporate maps of the Lower East Side neighborhood and are printed on silk or cotton banners that will be hung throughout the Museum’s gallery and historic sanctuary.

Audio guide stories about the women highlight the work, life, and impact they made culturally, on social justice movements, and more.

Learn more: https://shorturl.at/rsDF8

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Don't miss pay-what-you-wish tomorrow at the Museum at Eldridge Street! Take a guided tour with one of our amazing docen...
11/30/2023

Don't miss pay-what-you-wish tomorrow at the Museum at Eldridge Street! Take a guided tour with one of our amazing docents, or use for a fun self-guided tour.

📍Hours: 10am - 5pm

Who was the immigrant banker who helped build the Eldridge Street Synagogue in 1887?In a fascinating virtual event and Q...
11/30/2023

Who was the immigrant banker who helped build the Eldridge Street Synagogue in 1887?

In a fascinating virtual event and Q&A rewinding to the height of Jewish immigration history, join us for "The Legacy of Sender Jarmulowsky: An Evening with Descendant David Winner".

We'll discuss the feats of his great-great-grandfather Alexander (“Sender”) Jarmulowsky, who co-founded the Eldridge Street Synagogue in 1887 and helped bring tens of thousands of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe to the Lower East Side.

Get tickets here: https://shorturl.at/fHJV8

📍Tuesday, December 5, 6pm ET: Pay-As-You-Wish

At the beginning of the last century, there were more than 500 synagogues throughout the Lower East Side. It was likely ...
11/29/2023

At the beginning of the last century, there were more than 500 synagogues throughout the Lower East Side. It was likely to encounter a synagogue or Jewish immigrant society on nearly every block. Very few still exist in their original form; most are distant memories or have been altered to serve completely different functions – as residences, churches, event spaces, or empty lots.

Don't miss one of our most popular walking tours about Synagogues of the Lower East Side on Friday, December 1 at 10:30AM.

You’ll learn about the ones still in existence; the ones that were lost, and the ones that were transformed to fit the needs of a changing neighborhood.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/2rz2rn6p

People, just like historic buildings, change over time. Everyone seems to have an opinion about old age, and suggestions...
11/29/2023

People, just like historic buildings, change over time. Everyone seems to have an opinion about old age, and suggestions about how to age well.

Join our program "Aging Well: A Literary History on Aging and Ageism" with Dr. Michael Nevins today on November 29th at 11am for a literary review about how writers through the ages have viewed the process of aging and its consequences.

📍Wednesday, November 29, 11am ET - Pay-As-You-Wish

💻 Reserve a spot: https://shorturl.at/oAVX2

➡️ "Aging Well" is a new Museum at Eldridge Street program series, including four Zoom seminars.

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