NYC Hidden Jewel: Museum at Eldridge Street
Updated: Mar 18, 2019
You wouldn't believe that in the heart of Chinatown, in between the tall narrow buildings, there is one of the most unbelievable Synagogues I've ever seen.
The entrance door is small, but as soon as I stepped inside, I immediately felt welcomed. The staff at the ticket desk was friendly and helpful. There are free tours several times during the day. I highly recommend you to follow the tour and learn the history of this place. Everyone here is passionate and proud of presenting the Jewish immigrant history and culture in NYC.
The basement floor has a small museum that offers Jewish immigrant history and stories in great details. It is an excellent insight into Jewish life in New York City in the past. The synagogue itself has an impressive history as well. Opened in the 1920s, the synagogue had been the center of local Jewish culture for nearly 50 years. Then as members began to move to other areas, the synagogue was used less and less, and gradually fell into disrepair. After 20 years of renovation, the synagogue reopened in 2007. In addition to the original beauty that was kept from the 19th century, more incredible details were added.
When I walked into the synagogue, I was utterly speechless. It is one of the most unique, glorious, and majestic chambers I've ever seen. I felt like standing in the middle of the universe, surrounded by stars and lights. All the details are beyond stunning. I could imagine the love and devotion of those people who participated in the renovation, and how they wanted to present their culture in the best possible way. You have to see this place to believe it.
It was an honor to be able to see this renovated place that carries so much history and life of Jewish immigrants. There is also a strong sense of community and inheritance here, which is very impressive and touching. Eldridge Street Synagogue is a jewel for those who want to learn the rich history of Jewish Americans. It is worth a visit!