Arts, Culture, and Humanities

MUSEUM AT ELDRIDGE STREET

  • New York, NY
  • www.eldridgestreet.org

Mission Statement

The Museum at Eldridge Street's mission is to maintain and sustain the National Historic Landmark 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, and to provide cultural and educational programs that explore American-Jewish history and culture, Lower East Side immigrant history, and architectural and cultural preservation.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. K-12 and Adult Educational Programs
  3. Historic Building Tours
  4. Egg Rolls & Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival
  5. Lost and Found Concerts
Service Areas

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National

Located in the National Historic Landmark 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, the Museum serves tens of thousands of individuals and families from throughout the world.

ruling year

1998

Executive Director since 2007

Self-reported

Dr. Bonnie Dimun

Keywords

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Jewish, historic, arts, K-12, preservation, education, immigrant

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Also Known As

Eldridge Street Project, Inc.

EIN

13-3379555

 Number

2525409702

Physical Address

12 Eldridge Street

New York, NY 10002

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Jewish (X30)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

ESP's concerts, lectures, readings, festivals, site-specific art installations, and innovative educational programs for K-12 school children and adults, employ artists and scholars to explore traditions and themes pertinent to our space: memory, nostalgia, generational continuity, immigrant history, cultural diversity and the preservation of culture. Guided tours of the landmark building highlight its architectural features, rich history and national significance. Tours are offered to individuals, public and private school groups, congregational and community groups, and international visitors four days a week (Sunday through Tuesday, 11 am - 4 pm), are led by staff and specially trained docents, and attract up to 20,000 people a year - a figure capped during the restoration process. Requests for group tours and educational and cultural program services suggest a post-restoration annual attendance level of 65,000, beginning in 2008. Each year the Eldridge Street Project offers more than 200 public tours and standards based school programs, and forty public cultural programs.

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Program 2

K-12 and Adult Educational Programs

K-12: K-12 students explore the rich history and physical beauty of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, and learn about the stories of the Jewish immigrants who built the synagogue. The students we serve - including many new and first-generation immigrants - gain a historical perspective of the struggles and triumphs all immigrants experience as they build new lives in a new land.
Inquiry based and highly interactive, our K-12 educational programs are designed to support the Common Core Learning Standards (for ELA and Math as well as the DOE Social Studies Scope and Sequence) and to enrich classroom curricula on immigration history, world religions, art and architecture, NYC neighborhoods, and holidays from around the world.

K-12 programs are offered Sept- June and 8 wks in summer. Each visit is 60-75 mins. long and classroom visits are approx. 40 mins. long. Prior to every school visit, the Dir. of Edu. reviews teachers' goals and curriculum connections. Evaluations are sent to teachers after each visit and feedback is incorporated into future programs and supplementary materials.
We do extensive outreach to private and public schools in NYC via mass emails and flyers. We offer Title 1 Schools reduced admission fee $1 per child and $2 per chaperone.

Adult Edu: The Museum offers a full program of adult education courses. Topics explore Jewish ideas and debates from the classical rabbinic period to the Middle Ages, and from the Enlightenment to today; Lower East Side and NYC Jewish history and culture; rituals and traditions; and holidays.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 3

Historic Building Tours

Our building tours bring to life NYC’s rich history and heritage. Historic building tours are offered Sundays through Thursdays from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Fridays from 10am to 3 pm. Tours are one-hour in length, led by trained docents and staff, and are offered every hour on the hour.

Our facility, the National Historic Landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue at 12 Eldridge Street in Manhattan, is one of the nation’s most beautiful landmark buildings. Built in 1887 and restored to its original 19th -century splendor, our site tells the stories of Jewish immigrants to the Lower East Side. Our tours explore American-Jewish culture, Lower East Side immigrant history, and architectural and cultural preservation.
Our objective is to open the building to visitors of all ages and cultural backgrounds, and share its rich history, tradition and architecture. Our landmark site embodies the experience of its Jewish immigrant founders as well as all people who have struggled to retain the values and traditions of their past while easing settlement into a new and unfamiliar environment. While focusing on the experience of the building’s 19th-century founders, we also draw attention to the continuities and changes that have taken place on the Lower East Side with the passage of time and with the arrival of new ethnic groups.


Tours include 1st floor permanent exhibition, Kiki Smith-Deborah Gans grand window, arch preservation exhibition on 2nd floor, and tour throughout the building.

Subjects covered are architectural preservation, Lower East Side immigrant history, and American-Jewish culture.

Tours are given in English, and we provide tour pamphlets in eight other languages. All ages and background welcome.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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General Public/Unspecified

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Program 4

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival

The community-based annual Egg Rolls & Egg Creams & Egg Creams Festival takes place every June. It celebrates the three dominant and historic cultures on the Lower East Side of New York: Chinese, East European Jewish, and Puerto Rican. Featuring concerts, hands-on folk arts events, children's activities, different ethnic foods, genealogy workshops, language lessons, and myriad other activities, the Festival is free of charge and takes place within our facility, the National Historic Landmark 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue and on the street outside.

Goals are to provide interactive experiences for people to learn about Chinese, Puerto Rican, and Jewish-American performing and visual folk art traditions; to bring together Hispanic, Chinese and Jewish neighbors of the Lower East Side-Loisaida-Chinatown neighborhood; to attract visitors to our neighborhood; and to celebrate the cultural diversity of the neighborhood today.

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Program 5

Lost and Found Concerts

Concert themes reflect one of our mission’s themes – that of cultural preservation in our meticulously restored building. Working with an advisory committee composed of leading musicians, presenting organization artistic leadership, and ethnomusiciologists, we seek to present historical and contemporary music genres, Jewish liturgical and folk music and its contemporary-intercultural adaptations, the work of Jewish composers, and the finest musicians from NYC, nationwide, and abroad. We identify artists based on their high quality of musicianship and their ability to engage with the public.

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Service Areas

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National

Located in the National Historic Landmark 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, the Museum serves tens of thousands of individuals and families from throughout the world.

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MUSEUM AT ELDRIDGE STREET
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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MUSEUM AT ELDRIDGE STREET

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Executive Director

Dr. Bonnie Dimun

BIO

Bonnie Dimun, EdD, Executive Director, has spent her career in leading, guiding and strengthening non-profit organizations over the part forty years. Her strategic leadership focus has guided start-up as well as well established educational, organizational and corporate entities to achieve capacity and quality growth. Prior to joining the Museum at Eldridge Street, her clients included National Breast Cancer Coalition, Nascent Enterprises, Inc., Strategic Concepts, United Parcel Service, and The Crohns and Colitis Foundation, among other major institutions. She served as global education, curriculum and training consultant to Bristol Myers-Squibb in their merger transition, and as internal consultant to Johnson & Johnson's Consumer Products Market Research Division. From 1998 – 2004, Dr. Dimun was National Director for Education and Public Policy for Hadassah, the world's largest women's nonprofit organization, where she managed strategic planning and program; created and managed the Leadership, Education and Training Center, which develops programs, and educates and trains 300,000 national members and 250 board members; managed a $5 million budget; and supervised a staff of 70 employees and volunteers. Her strength in building organizations has been demonstrated in board enhancement, team building, financial efficiencies and management. Dr. Dimun was Assistant to the President and Director of Institutional and Organizational Advancement at Middlesex County College. Dr. Dimun received her Ed.D. from Columbia University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Michael Weinstein

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity