Museum at Eldridge Street, New York City

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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.
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  • Fabulous tour of this amazing synagogue. The reconstruction has taken years and is very impressive as was the historical and social context provided in the tour. I really enjoyed the time spent here.  more »
  • The trip is worth it just to see the truly amazing window. The tour guide was knowledgeable and patient. The first floor is a display of the restoration efforts of the congregation.  more »
  • The story and history of the synagogue is really fascinating. The details in the synagogue are beautiful to see. We enjoyed seeing how the synagogue worked: the front was for the rich and the back was...  more »
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  • An astonishing restoration that has to be seen to be believed. I wasn't prepared for the main sanctuary after entering on the lower level and seeing the chapel first. The blue stained-glass window at the back of the sanctuary is especially interesting as it's a new piece - nobody knows what the original window looked like.
  • It's hard to encapsulate the beauty and excellence of the experience I had here in words. It truly is a treasure, to be enjoyed not just by those of Jewish heritage, but by all people.We decided to hike on over here just because we had a few hours to kill, and we were so thoroughly glad we did. As soon as we walked through the door, we were greeted by friendly people. We signed up for the tour, which was very reasonably priced at only $14 per person. Then we were asked if we would like to view a short film while we waited the 30 minutes for our tour to begin. We accepted of course, and were treated to a private showing of a very nice video that explained the background of the Eldridge St Synagogue, its lapse into disrepair, and its glorious restoration into the breathtaking museum it is today. After the film was over, we perused a small gallery until the tour began, and that was the start of the REAL magic. Our tour guide's name was John, and he really made the experience fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and eloquent, very polite and never condescending to us, which I especially appreciated because I know next to nothing about Orthodox Judaism. Yet he was there to educate me, and explain everything in a way that was concise, easy to understand, and respectful to all. Our tour took us through the basement, which was where the congregation worshipped when the main sanctuary was closed down, up the stairs to the main floor, now painstakingly restored to its original handcrafted grandeur, and finally up into the balcony level, from which we could survey the building in its entirety. I won't repeat here any of the interesting information I learned while I was at the Eldridge St Museum, as I could never do justice to the perfection that was John's tour. All I can say is that I strongly suggest that you go and take the tour yourself. In closing I would like to state that I am not a religious man, and I'm a Gentile to boot. I rarely visit sacred spaces. But while I was here, the beauty of the building, the quality of John's oration, and the sense of history that saturated the entire monument instilled in me a very strong spiritual feeling. Even now, recounting the experience, I feel a bit emotional. The importance of history, the understanding and overcoming of obstacles, and the unity of all humankind are showcased in a very tangible way here. Bravo to John, and long live this marvelous place.
  • A great example of an Urban Renewal project! A once deteriorating synagogue has been turned into the beautiful showpiece, that it once was! The history of NYC's immigration population is brought to life via the knowledgeable docent's tour! A wonderful learning experience!
  • Went there to catch the Opera. Amazing show. Very unique and well preserved decor
  • Really cool museum that tells the story of the lower East side before it became Chinatown. Beautiful old Jewish synagogue restored with love and beauty. The new stained glass window is absolutely gorgeous and you can really feel the history when walking through this place. Definitely worth a stop!
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