Enjoy a Passover “Nosh & Stroll” This Weekend With the Museum at Eldridge

Screen Shot 2013-03-15 at 3.15.31 PMA fun way to celebrate Passover is with our friends at the Museum at Eldridge Street. They will be leading their annual “Passover Nosh & Stroll” this Sunday. Activities at the synagogue start off with Passover treats – chocolate-covered matzoh, horseradish and schnapps. Then they head out to visit Streit’s Matzoh, The Pickle Guys, the former site of Schapiro’s Wine, and historic landmarks like the Forward Newspaper Building, tracing the route of immigrants as they prepared for the holiday, shedding light on Passover customs, food and history.

Tours commence at 11am and 2pm // $25 // 12 Eldridge St.

“Hester Street” Comes to the Museum at Eldridge

Carol Kane in a still from the 1975 movie, Hester Street.

Our friends at the Museum at Eldridge Street will be screening a rarely seen film, Hester Street, by Joan Micklin Silver, this Sunday at 3:00pm.  The best part? Two for one tickets for Lower East Siders who live or work in the neighborhood!

They write:

See a landmark film at a landmark site when Hester Street, Joan Micklin Silver’s 1975 film, is shown at the Museum at Eldridge Street.  What better setting for this little-seen classic, which takes place on the Lower East side streets surrounding the Museum’s home, the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue. 

Hester Street is based on an 1896 story by Jewish Daily Forward editor Abraham Cahan, and traces the comic and poignant story of Jake (Steven Keats) and Gitl (Carol Kane), Russian immigrants with very different ideas about Americanization. 

Museum at Eldridge to Offer Women of the LES Walking Tour

Emma Goldman circa 1911 via Wikipedia

Our friends at the Museum at Eldridge Street are offering an interesting walking tour, “Yiddishe Mamas,” that will focus on historic woman of the Lower East Side, this Sunday at 11am. They write:

Grab a woman you love or admire, and join us for our Yiddishe Mamas Lower East Side walking tour.  We’ll follow in the footsteps of pious women and prostitutes, activists and artists, freethinking feminists and tough-talking balabustas.  Hear about anarchist Emma Goldman; Visiting Nurse Service founder Lillian Wald; mikvah attendant, wigmaker and real-estate investor Gittel Natelson; delicatessen queen Sarah Gellis, and other memorable women.

Scenes from Egg Rolls and Egg Creams 2011

Little festivalgoers could make and color their own paper dragons; these two guys were enjoying roaring.

The annual Egg Creams and Egg Rolls Festival lit up Eldridge street with Chinese and Jewish treats, games, arts and music yesterday afternoon.

There were mahjongg tables filled with bubbies and others filled with Chinese elders. Another table showcased Chinese dumplings and kreplach being made side by side. Of course, there were egg rolls and egg creams. Click through for more pictures from the Museum at Eldridge’s beloved festival.

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival on Sunday

On Sunday, the Museum at Eldridge Street invites the community to its Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival, an annual celebration of the Chinese and Jewish heritage of the Lower East Side.

The event is free and runs from noon to 4 p.m. Expect acrobatics from The Peking Opera, lessons in mah jongg and both Hebrew and Chinese writing, as well as the treats from which the festival takes its name.

Read more about the festival on the museum’s blog, where there’s a short history as well as a recipe for making egg creams at home.

A Red Kaddish Walking Tour – The Russian Revolution on The LES

Conceptual artist and scholar Yevgeniy Fiks - photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis for thelodownny.com

Post-Soviet conceptual artist, Yevgeniy Fiks (featured last year in our series, My LES) is bringing a special walking tour and performance piece to the Museum at Eldridge this Sunday at 2:00pm. “Red Kaddish Walking Tour” will traverse the neighborhood, exploring the history of the Russian Revolutionary immigrants who came to the LES in the 1880’s.

Local sites of historic “Jewish political radicalism” will be paired with readings from 19th century Russian Revolutionary literature in Russian, Yiddish, and English. Participants will experience the Lower East Side of Emma Goldman via writings by Russian anarchist Pyotr Kropotkin and Abraham Cahan’s via Russian revolutionary democrat Nikolay Chernyshevsky among others.

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.

Museum at Eldridge to Host Winter Garden Festival

The Museum at Eldridge Street will be hosting their 2nd annual Tu B’Shvat seder (also known as Jewish Arbor Day) and party this Sunday, Jan. 23rd, from 1-4pm.

The festival is free and open to the public.  Activities look to be fun for the whole family and include: flower planting, a genealogy workshop, a family-tree art activity, a sustainable musical instruments design workshop and Rhythm for Recyclables concert, and a traditional Tu B’Shvat seder with grains, fruits, nuts and wine.

Weekend Guide

From the installation "Series of Vulnerable Arrangements—Voice and Wind (2009)" in the New Museum's Lobby Gallery

Along with our Weekend Music Picks, Nutcracker in the Lower at Abrons and the NORFOLKSNYC Holiday Co-op Market, here are a few more highlights from events happening on the Lower East Side this weekend:

Friday, Dec. 3

  • The Museum at Eldridge Street has extended their Friday hours. They write: We (now) offer new extended Friday hours from 10am to 3pm, with reflective music in our beautiful main sanctuary from 2-3pm. It’s the perfect way to end the work week and usher in the Sabbath.

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.

The Lo-Down List: This Week’s Happenings

Museum at Eldridge - Kiki Smith & Deborah Gans Window Mock Up. The opening celebration is this Sunday.

Our weekly look at upcoming happenings on the Lower East Side.  If you have a neighborhood event you would like us to post, please email us here.

Wednesday, October 6th

  • The Sunshine Cinema’s Rattle & Reel screening for caregivers and their babies is Never Let Me Go. The film has been getting good reviews.  It stars the talented and attractive Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield; it’s based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s (Remains of the Day) bestselling novel of the same name.

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).

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival This Weekend

The Museum at Eldridge is hosting its annual block party, the Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival, this Sunday from 12 – 4pm. They write: Our annual festival celebrating the Chinese and Jewish communities of our neighborhood turns 10! Come celebrate at our biggest, best and most eggs-traordinary Egg Rolls & Egg Creams ever. Music, Chinese opera and acrobatics, vaudeville performances, Yiddish and Chinese language lessons, scribal arts, food and folk art demonstrations, storytelling, crafts, and synagogue tours. And more! Read a nice post about the festival by Hanna Griff-Sleven, on their blog, here. // FREE // 12 Eldridge St.

Weekend Guide

There is plenty going on here on the Lower East Side this weekend.  Here are some highlights:

Rooftop Legends curator and NDHS dean, Jesse Pais

New Design High School will present their 2010 “Rooftop Legends” show on Saturday with an opening reception from 3-7pm. The curated show is a graffiti event that takes place up on the open rooftop of New Design High School (formerly Seward Park) and is a fundraiser for the school.