Synagogue

As the LPC Approves Demolition of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, We Should Get Creative with Preservation [OP-ED]

Posted July 12, 2017 at 9:39 am

Since its tragic fire, the future of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue has been a topic of much debate. Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved Rabbi Mendel Greenbaum’s push for demolition of heavily damaged portions of the 167-year-old structure. There had been preliminary plans with the Chinese-American Planning Council to erect a new development pre-fire. Prior to yesterday’s […]

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Historic Clinton Street Synagogue Lists Alley Lot for $5.25M

Posted April 3, 2017 at 5:00 am

Congregation Chasam Sofer is getting into the real estate speculation game on the Lower East Side. The Clinton Street synagogue just listed its adjacent lot for a hefty sum. This 2,000 square-foot gated walkway on its southern flank, which doubles as a landscaped garden complete with fountain, is now on the market for $5.25 million. The […]

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What Life was Like at Broome and Allen During the 1930s [PHOTOS]

Last modified May 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm

With wheels in motion to co-name the corner of Broome and Allen Streets “Hy Genee Way,” and the advent of the second annual Greek Jewish Festival this Sunday, it’s time for an appreciation. An appreciation of the block through the eyes of the Kehila Kedosha Janina – for which Genee was longtime president and local […]

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‘Greek Jewish Festival’ to Celebrate Heritage and Community on Broome Street Next Month

Posted April 15, 2015 at 9:31 am

For a neighborhood that figures prominently into the DNA of American Jewry, only pockets of this past remain on the Lower East Side. Yes, there are still a few active synagogues and yeshivas, but Judaica shops and Kosher businesses are pretty much non-existent at this point. So with Lower East Side History Month just two […]

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LPC Calendars Tifereth Israel Town and Village Synagogue on 14th Street (Again)

Posted March 17, 2014 at 6:09 am

The Tifereth Israel Town and Village Synagogue at 334 East 14th Street has been in “landmark limbo” for almost five decades. Apparently the 150-year-old house of worship was calendared and considered for protection back in 1966, but for reasons unknown, the then fledgeling Landmarks Preservation Commission never voted. Only recently has the matter resurfaced, as the […]

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For Some Reason, Google Thinks Temple Emanu-El on the UES is a Movie Theater

Posted November 22, 2013 at 5:12 am

Call it a case of mistaken identity. An Upper East Side synagogue branded as a movie theater. While searching theaters across the city for screenings of Bad Grandpa (yeah, yeah), a strange location popped up in Google. Temple Emanu-El on the Upper East Side appeared as a fully-fledged, seven-screen cineplex. Other showtime listings hubs that […]

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The Petition to Save Beth Hamedrash Hagodol on Norfolk Street

Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:20 am

Neighborhood activists Friends of the Lower East Side just started an online petition to help save this remarkable 163-year-old building.

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Raffa Art at Eldridge Street Synagogue

Posted November 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

Has anybody been to the gift shop at Eldridge Street Synagogue lately? There’s a new addition for sale there definitely worth checking out. These items are handcrafted tributes to the splendor and awe-inspiring beauty of the synagogue itself. Friends, allow me to introduce you to Ralph Almeida and his Raffa Art. Ralph Almeida was born in Connecticut (we have a tri-state […]

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Art

Stanton Street Synagogue & 6th Street Community Synagogue Deemed “Sacred Sites”

Posted August 16, 2012 at 6:18 am

Of the recent class of 23 “Sacred Sites” in New York State, two are Manhattan synagogues based on the Lower East Side.

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Lutowisker Synagogue Hosts Torah-Giving Parade on Grand Street

Posted March 20, 2012 at 10:23 am

Parts of Grand and Delancey streets were closed on Sunday evening for a large procession of blaring music and ecstatic dancing in the streets. More after the jump!