Monday, April 23, 2007

Papa Squid Chaperones a Trip

So Mike helped chaperone a trip for the Jewish History class at his school today. The theme of the trip was the Lower East Side, which you have seen in this blog before. This time, however, they were able to go in to structures that I have only photographed from the outside.

This is the inside of the Bialystoker Synagogue. Check out the lobster in the center of this photo. A lobster in a synagogue? They have all of the signs of the Zodiac around the ceiling. Hence the lobster (crab).
Mike has no idea what the prices on this plaque mean. Anyone out there able to interpret? Our Hebrew (and the plaque may be in Yiddish) is not nearly up to this task.One of its claims to fame (?) is that gangsters Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky were both members. That's Bugsy's memorial plaque (Benjamin) below.
A very real claim to fame is the small break in the wall leading to a ladder leading to a hideout on the underground railroad. Mike is pretty sure that it is in the corner pictured here.

Kehila Kedosa Janina -- above and below. Founded by jewish immigrants from Greece.
Inside the final part of the renovation of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. This was the first synagogue built for the purpose of being a synagogue. Somewhere on this blog is a picture of the front of it. Probably last summer if you are looking for it.
Yes, they let the teachers up in to the scaffolding. The kids had to stay below.
The person who owned this bank largely financed the building of the Eldridge Street Synagogue.
And, because he is a good husband, he brought back chocolate. But not pickles.


Paul said...

Thank you so much for the terrific pictures of these incredibly beautiful houses of worship. The artistry and workmanship are just breath taking. They must be amazing in person.

fillyjonk said...

That's so cool. Thank you for sharing.

knitseashore said...

I agree with Paul. The synagogues are breathtakingly beautiful. And the history that is! "If these walls could talk..." :)

Moze said...

I see no one has told you what the "prices" are. They're actually the amounts donated by the people listed on the plaque. Talk about an incentive to donate more $ -- if you knew your measly $50 donation would go up alongside good ol' Chaya's $300 bucks, wouldn't you consider chipping in some more dough?