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Sacred Tablets Restored At The Eldridge Museum

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photo by Traven Rice

The Museum at Eldridge Street has restored a sacred tablet of the Ten Commandments just in time for the Jewish New Year. The tablet (one of a pair) was believed to have been lost for decades. Amy Stein-Milford, deputy
director of the museum (which is a separate entity within the synagogue), told us it was discovered a few month ago – carefully wrapped in the building’s cellar. Both artifacts
were created for the synagogue when it first opened in 1887.  They are made of wood, hand-painted and gilded in gold, and are now installed in their rightful place above the ark that holds the
sacred Torah scrolls. The synagogue was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996. Channel 7 Eyewitness News covered the story here.

The photo below is of the tablets before the restoration.

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photo courtesy of The Eldridge Museum

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photo by Traven Rice

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