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The Eldridge Street Synagogue is a synagogue and National Historic Landmark in Chinatown, Manhattan, New York City. Built in 1887, it is one of the first synagogues erected in the United States by Eastern European Jews.
The Orthodox congregation that constructed the synagogue moved into the downstairs beth midrash in the 1950s, and the main sanctuary was unused until the 1980s, when it was restored to become the Museum at Eldridge Street.
Museum at Eldridge Street Reviews
Highly recommend this gorgeous synagogue tucked into China Town. The architecture and stained glass will appeal to design enthusiasts, the history lesson of Judaism in American and New York will... more »
Beautiful old synagogue with amazing windows. The history is interesting especially as it in now ChinaTown more »
A hidden gem in the Lower East Side surrounded by Chinese shops and right next to a Buddhist temple. Beautiful architecture with tons of symbolism. The museum is very small but provides a good background of how the Jewish community established and grew in NY. Since it is not busy, you can take your time reading all the information and sitting and reflecting. The piece de resistance is the temple itself. It is breathtaking!! There are no words to explain how majestic and peaceful it is. As you enter, WOW! The gorgeous stained window , the chandeliers, and the wood surrounding the nave are incredible. One has to sit to take in all the beauty in this temple. The tour guides are so knowledgeable and funny!
This is a beautiful place. The building is very well kept and the staff is very nice. When we visited the museum, there was a concert taking place. We were allowed in and could enjoy the end of the concert for free. Because of the beautiful lightning and colored windows, there is a wonderful atmosphere over there. Hard to imagine you’re in the heart of Manhattan when you are inside. Definitely worth a visit, whether you are religious or not.
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