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“a beautiful recreation of early Jewish religious life”

Museum at Eldridge Street
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Owner description: Historic 127 year old synagogue in the Lower East Side. $12 adults, $10 students/seniors, $8 children. Mondays free.
Chappaqua, New York
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“a beautiful recreation of early Jewish religious life”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

The building is spectacular. The tours worthwhile. The history becomes breathingly fresh

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Brings one back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2011

Perfect history lesson of the Lower East Side, its immigrants and their lives

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“There is always a very warm welcome when visiting this MAGNIFICENT venue.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2011

Well who would have thought a Synagogue in the heart of China Town. Put aside any preconceptions that might instantly occur to you and put this venue on your to visit list. I visit every time I am in New York and I wouldn't dream of not doing so. Built in 1887 to serve the up town an down town Jewish population it was described as one of the finest Hebrew places of worship in the city. By the 1950 with a changing demographic and rising maintainence costs the Synagogue fell into disrepair and was almost lost to the world. In 1986 a huge restoration project was started and the synagogue was restored to it's former wonderful and beautiful glory now renamed The Museum at Eldridge Street. There are some great attractions going on throughout the year reflecting the various ethnic influences through out the ages to present day. Egg rolls and fortune cookies, jazz and Klezma, fascinating guided tours that bring the past and the spirit of the Lower East Side alive. And last but not least a place of quiet reflection and recharging spiritual batteries in wonderful, bustling and noisy New York. Every one is welcome irrespective of faith or traditional predispositions. After your visit a short walk to Katz's restaurant for a chopped liver or salt beef sandwich is a must or eat a Knish al fresco at Jonah Shimels baking mouth watering Knish for over a 100 years.

Visited March 2011
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Beautiful old synagogue”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2011

Beautiful old (1886) synagogue in the lower East Side, one of the few remnants of the old Jewish Community. Just renovated and well worth a visit.

Visited November 2011
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Lubbock, Texas
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266 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Wonderful off-the-beaten-path museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2011

Check out the times (online) for their many tours and get there in time to enjoy one of them. We took the architecture tour of the building. The docent made the history of the building come alive for us. The stained glass window is beautiful as are the original stained glass windows. It was definitely worth our time to go down near Chinatown to visit this.

Visited August 2011
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