Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival Coming Up Sunday

Coming up on Sunday, it’s a quintessential Lower East Side event — “Egg Rolls & Egg Creams” at the Museum at Eldridge Street. The celebration of the Jewish and Chinese cultures intermingling on Eldridge Street takes place between noon and 4 p.m. There will be Klezmer music, Chinese opera, Yiddish and Chinese language lessons, mah jongg, crafts and lots of food, inclusing (of course) egg rolls and egg creams.

You’ll also be able to tour the synagogue and museum, which has been so beautifully restored during the past two decades.  The event is free and takes place between Canal and Division streets. The museum itself is located at 12 Eldridge Street.


Jew Wish – One Girl’s Adventures in Online Dating, at the Museum at Eldridge Tonight

Writer/performer Rachel Evans will bring her comedic one-woman show, Jew Wish to the Museum at Eldridge Street tonight.  Evans describes the show as “one girl’s journey through the world of online dating. With the aid of her nosy but well-meaning parents, she is surprised by where her search takes her and the discoveries she makes along the way. She is telling the stories from her room, but through playing ten other characters and recreating the different worlds. The main character, Rachel, brings the audience on the different dates, and with the help of her imagination, the audience is able to go on this ride with her.” The show was a big hit at last year’s New York International Fringe Festival. Directed by Rachel Eckerling. $20 adults; $15 students/seniors // Tonight at 7pm // 12 Eldridge Street.

Museum at Eldridge to Host 1920s Synagogue Soirée

The Museum at Eldridge sends word they will be having a 1920’s-style “Synagogue Soiree” on Wednesday, February 23rd.  They write: The Museum at Eldridge Street travels back in time to the Roaring Twenties for our Synagogue Soirée featuring 1920s-inspired music, drinks, nosh and dress code. We draw inspiration from an era when the Lower East Side was home to a burgeoning nightlife and art scene. Dig out your wingtip shoes, slip on a flapper dress, don a fedora and soak in the ambience of our magnificent historic site, the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. Sounds like a lot of fun. $15 adults; $10 for Museum Facebook & Twitter followers // 9pm-12am // 12 Eldridge Street.

HBO Comes to Eldridge Street

Image via the Museum at Eldridge Street's Facebook page.

We noticed this photo on the Museum at Eldridge Street’s Facebook page. The HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire” filmed scenes at the historic Lower East synagogue earlier this week.

Kiki Smith & Deborah Gans in Conversation at the Museum at Eldridge

Artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans will be in conversation at the Museum at Eldridge Street tomorrow night, offering a behind the scenes account of the their recent creation of the museum’s beautiful new stained-glass window.  The window is the culminating piece of a 24-year restoration of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, a National Historic Landmark. $20 adults, $15 seniors // 6:30pm // 12 Eldridge Street.

Museum at Eldridge Street Crowns Restoration With Stunning Stained-Glass Window

Emotions were running high yesterday in the Museum at Eldridge Street, as the beautiful new stained-glass window designed by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans made a formal debut. The permanent installation marks the end of the epic restoration of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, after more than two decades.

Museum at Eldridge Installs Kiki Smith Window

The Museum at Eldridge has been documenting the final stages of the installation of their new stained-glass window by Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans. They will be celebrating the new window (and the culmination of a 24-year, award-winning restoration of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, a New York City and National Historic Landmark) on October 10th from 11a-4p. The artwork will take the place of the tablet shaped windows, installed in 1944, seen above.

You can see a slide show and videos on their homepage here.  Their facebook page has lots of photographs, as well. Watch a video of the 300 pound panels being lifted in to place, posted today on YouTube (after the jump).

Acting Jewish – Lecture at the Museum at Eldridge St.

In a lecture accompanied by music and video clips, University of Toronto Professor Andrea Most (author of Making Americans: Jews and the Broadway Musical) will explore the relationship between Jews and their active involvement in American entertainment. The lecture, tomorrow night at the Museum at Eldridge Street, is part of the museum’s Ways We Worship initiative. FREE // Wednesday, June 16th // 7pm // 12 Eldridge Street.