Volume 78 - Number 30 / December 24 - 30, 2008
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933


Villager photos by Jefferson Siegel

Photo flashback, Yiddish, too, at Eldridge Street anniversary
On Dec. 14, the Museum at Eldridge Street celebrated the one-year anniversary of the restoration of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. The synagogue, which opened in 1887, sat in disrepair for years until a restoration project was started in the late 1980s, reaching completion last year. The celebration included a family reunion and portrait of family members of original congregants, as well as Yiddish lessons and the chance to take an early-20th-century citizenship test. Participants could have their photos taken dressed in the style garb of early congregants. Above right, East Village photographer Harvey Wang took a photo of Fran Manushkin, who dressed like her mother in a Persian lamb vest. Wang then printed out the image in a sepia cast so it looked like it was shot more than 100 years ago. Above left, the restored sanctuary drew many visitors on Sun., Dec. 14.

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