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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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!

Weekend Edition: November 13

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:11 am

[Photo Credit: Daniela Reinsch]

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Weekend Edition: December 11

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:11 am

[Photo Credit: l.e.s.ter]

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More on the Eldridge Street Synagogue Window [Video]

Posted December 3, 2010 at 6:27 am

In Boardwalk Empire, Al Capone didn’t have the pleasure to see the two-month-old stained-glass window inside the Eldridge Street Synagogue.  Lucky for us, the masterpiece is a reality. On a related note, an esteemed reader sent along a link to the following video clip, in which we learn all about the design and installation process.

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Jewish Life on 1980s Lower East Side

Last modified November 26, 2010 at 10:32 am

With so many synagogues either gone, dilapidated, or repurposed as luxury condos, Jewish life on the Lower East Side is highly endangered.  Today, the New York Times’ Lens blog has a nice photo feature by Cuban-born Julio Mitchel on neighborhood Jews in the 1980s. This picture is particularly fascinating.  Given the appearance of the S. […]

Channel Thirteen on Kehila Kedosha Janina [Video]

Posted November 17, 2010 at 6:21 am

In the latest installment of Channel Thirteen’s video series, The City Concealed, the media company focuses on Kehila Kedosha Janina at 280 Broome Street (corner of Allen). The Romaniote synagogue is the last of its kind in the whole Western Hemisphere. Built in 1927, the congregation catered to a small minority of Greek Jews which […]

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