Touring the Eldridge Street Synagogue

Posted by 16ec9eca tiny Jen on mar 11, 2016 under Class Recap

Last night, we were lucky enough to partner with the Museum at Eldridge Street for an after-hours art and architecture tour (featuring delicious knishes from Yonah Shimmel!). 

We examined everything from lampshades to stained glass windows and the original wood floors in the beautifully-restored building, hearing about its history from 1887 to the present. The main sanctuary fell into disuse throught the mid-20th century as the congregation shrunk; in the 1990's a major restoration began, and the synagogue reopened in 2007 as the Museum at Eldridge Street. 

I can't say enough wonderful things about the synagogue - it's really a gem and such a special place that we're lucky to have in NYC. Be sure to visit them for a tour or check out an upcoming program, especially if you've never been!

A few photo highlights of the night are below. 

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      The main sanctuary

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Learning about the history of the building and congregation from Amy Stein Milford

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A super gorgeous lampshade, original to the building

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Wood painted to resemble marble

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The resored ceiling, grand chandelier, and a new stained glass window by Kiki Smith

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Do those hands look a little familiar? Leonard Nimoy based the Vulcan Salute on Jewish priestly blessing.

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This tobacco compartment is built directly into the reading platform

 

 

 

 

 

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