Discover the history, architecture and spiritual significance of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, the first great house of worship built by East European immigrants in America.
In 2008, with the completion of a 20-year restoration, we have re-opened to the public, and have been granted museum status to our organization, along with a name change to the Museum at Eldridge Street by the New York State Department of Education and Board of Regents.
The Museum’s mission and purpose is to present the culture, history and traditions of the great wave of Jewish immigrants to the Lower East Side drawing parallels with the diverse cultural communities that have settled in America. Tours, exhibits and public and educational programs tell the story of the generations that carried religious and communal customs to a new country and celebrate America’s broad cultural traditions. Combining architecture, history and Jewish culture, a visit to Eldridge Street is a meaningful experience for groups of all backgrounds, ages and interests.