Places: The Museum at Eldridge Street, NY

Elsewhere in NYC: The Museum at Eldridge Street

Contributed by Rita Shpilsky

Elsewhere in NYC: the Museum at Eldridge Street
Inside the Museum at Eldridge Street; image source eldridgestreet.org

Have you ever been to a place that magically transports you to a fairytale not just by its architectural beauty and history but by the magic of light and spirituality? Surely every normal person used to dream about that type of place as a kid, but it’s almost impossible to find it when you are getting older. The Museum at Eldridge Street became such a place for me the minute I made my first step inside. The first thing that strikes you at Museum at Eldridge Street is the  flow of blue light coming from a huge stained glass above and around you which fills the space with purity and hope.

The museum is one of the oldest Ashkenazi synagogues in New York City situated in the historic Lower East Side. The neighborhood was almost destroyed by natural disasters and age, but luckily was restored to become a sanctuary place for many New Yorkers. There are many programs and concerts held in this hidden gem of the city. Check its March program here.

Venue: Museum at Eldridge Street 

Notes from Django-a-GoGo concert

Notes from Django-a-GoGo concert on March 3, 2017

It was an incredible night of jazz-manouche culminating in an amazing finale with 9 guitars and the band. If one thinks about oneself as a guitar music fan he got to be there. The virtuosity of the musicians combined with time-tested Django compositions have pleased everyone in the audience. The celebration would go well past 11pm if it wasn’t for the Carnegie Hall rules. Granted the style of the music is calling for an intimate setting unlike grand Stern auditorium, the concert was still a huge success thanks to Stephane Wrembel and  his all-star band. By the way, the feast continues on Sundays at Barbes in Brooklyn. Its hard to capture the spirit and action onsite as recording is not allowed, but lets use the imagination to color up this collage:

For more events in March 2017 go to Monthly Selection or scroll down.