Lower Manhattan, New York, New York, United States

Eldridge Street Synagogue

The Museum at Eldridge Street is the first great house of worship built by Eastern European immigrants in America. The architecture, both interior and exterior, is so beautiful. Between 1881-1924, 2-1/2 million Jews came to the Lower East Side seeking religious freedom from persecution in other countries. Back then it was called “Jew Town”. Funded by four employed members of the community from Eastern Europe (during a time when work was scarce and people lived in tenements), the synagogue built in 10 months for $90,000. They rented out seats to pay for the synagogue’s upkeep. The interior of the synagogue is stunning with a Moorish, eclectic design. The tours are rich in information about the new immigrant’s experience and how their lives intertwined with the synagogue.

http://www.eldridgestreet.org

Eldridge Street Synagogue