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“Magnificent Synagogue and Museum”

Museum at Eldridge Street
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Ranked #44 of 1,153 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: Historic 130 year old synagogue in the Lower East Side. $14 adults, $10 students/seniors, $8 children. Mondays are Pay As You Wish.
Reviewed 24 October 2013

This ranks with the historical 19th century synagogues of Europe and Israel as well worth a visit. Visitors of any religion will find a beautiful and graceful spiritual space. The modern stained glass may be jarring to some, but a synagogue is not meant to be a period piece. The museum also tells the story of immigrants to America, eager to carve out a place for themselves.
There is a small, plain synagogue in th lower story of the building. This is where the small congregation meets each Shabbat for prayers. I saw a cart with siddurim (prayerbooks) and a Hebrew calendar - evidence that it is used for prayers on a regular basis.

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

The synagogue is an amazingly beautiful reconstruction. The lights, the craftmanship, the stained glass window. the sense of history. Just beautiful and so actually a very spiritual setting -- no matter what your religion.
It used to be in the middle of the Jewish Lower East Side, but now is surrounded by Chinatown. A New York curiosity where cultures overlap. After the fascinating talk and look around, we had lunch at a Chinese restaurant nearby.

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Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

I was fortunate enough to happen upon the museum on Open House NY when it was free admission, but it definitely worth paying the ticket price for. I didn't even plan on visiting but am so glad I did. This museum is an incredible example of a restoration done right, and the most beautiful synagogue I've ever seen (I'm jewish). The tour is informative and gives an added layer of historical context. Also, the centerpiece stained glass window might be a modern addition, but it is absolutely stunning!

Thank Noa E
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

The NYC Pass got me interested in visiting. A different culture, time, and place. Not a landmark I would normally visit but so glad did. Truly an example of what travel can do to you! Wonderful tour even if I didn't understand much of the cultural and religious explanation but still totally absorbed. Well done.

1  Thank Lloyd W
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

We were a few minutes late joining a tour, and may have missed some crucial history, but I think our guide was more interested in emphasising the restoration program than the origins and role of the original synagogue- I guess everybody is different.
The exterior of the building is extraordinary in its context as is the interior of the sanctuary. Seeing the massive chandelier, old stained glass, old wooden floors with the mark of many thousands of worshippers, wooden pews and then the very modern new stained glass window- a feast for the eyes.
We also found the videos of the restoration process to be quite fascinating. Is there any footage of the old Jewish community to enhance the understanding of the importance of this amazing building?

Thank Gulliva
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