We are organizing a field trip to the Museum at Eldridge street in New York, which will be followed by a guided tour of the lower East Side by Tony Grifa.
Information about the trip. Tripods are not allowed in the museum. Members and non-members are allowed on the trip. Members can book up to 2 tickets. Members are allowed to bring a guest. There is a limit of 20 people. If you are not a member of RPS, tickets costs $35. Reservations will be confirmed after payment on a first come first serve basis. Due to the nature of this trip we can’t give money back if you don’t show up at the day of the trip. Cancel within one week of the trip.
Information about the Eldridge Museum:
The restored historic Eldridge Street Synagogue, a 19th-century landmark with stunning architecture that initially opened its doors to a wave of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, recently reopened as a vibrant arts and education center for all ages and backgrounds. The Eldridge Street Synagogue is one of the first synagogues erected in the United States by Eastern European Jews. One of the founders was Rabbi Eliahu the Blessed (Borok), formerly the Head Rabbi of St. Petersburg, Russia. It opened at 12 Eldridge Street in New York’s Lower East Side in 1887 serving Congregation Kahal Adath Jeshurun. The building was designed by the architects Peter and Francis William Herter, (but unrelated to the Herter Brothers cabinet-makers). The brothers subsequently received many commissions in the Lower East Side and incorporated elements from the synagogue, such as the stars of David, in their buildings, mainly tenements. When completed, the synagogue was reviewed in the local press. Writers marveled at the imposing Moorish Revival building, with its 70-foot-high vaulted ceiling, magnificent stained-glass rose windows, elaborate brass fixtures and hand-stenciled walls.