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Landmark of the Spirit: The Eldridge Street Synagogue
Landmark of the Spirit: The Eldridge Street Synagogue Annie Polland 0300124708 9780300124705 New York Citys magnificent Eldridge Street Synagogue was built in 1887 in response to the great wave of Jewish immigrants who fled persec
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Landmark of the Spirit: The Eldridge Street Synagogue by Annie Polland

New York Citys magnificent Eldridge Street Synagogue was built in 1887 in response to the great wave of Jewish immigrants who fled persecution in eastern Europe. Finding their way to the Lower East Side, the new arrivals formed a vibrant Jewish community that flourished from the 1850s until the 1940s. Their synagogue served not only as a place of worship but also as a singularly important center in the development of American Judaism. nbsp; A near ruin in the 1980s that was recently reopened after a massive twenty-year restoration, the Eldridge Street Synagogue has been named a National Historic Landmark. But as Bill Moyers tells us in his foreword, the synagogue is also a landmark of the spirit, . . . the spirit of a new nation committed to the old idea of liberty. nbsp; Annie Polland uses elements of the buildings architecturethe faade, the benches, the grooves worn into the sanctuary flooras points of departure to discuss themes, people, and trends at various moments in the synagogues history, particularly during its heyday from 1887 until the 1930s. Exploring the synagogues rich archives, the author shines new light on the religious life of immigrant Jews, introduces various rabbis, cantors and congregants, and analyzes the significance of this special building in the context of the larger American-Jewish experience. nbsp; For more information, go to: www.EldridgeStreet.org

Author: Annie Polland

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 192

Publisher: Yale University Press

Publication Date: 2008-12-21

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