$18.5M synagogue restoration complete

Inside the newly renovated synagogue

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After 24 years of work, the $18.5 million restoration of the Eldridge Street Museum and Temple was completed this week, according to the New York Daily News. The project, which received fiscal support from more than 20,000 different donors, was celebrated yesterday with a formal unveiling at the temple at 12 Eldridge Street. Among the new features at the 123-year-old synagogue is an impressive, new stained glass window over the main sanctuary — the temple’s previous stained glass window was shattered in the 1940s. Bonnie Dimun, executive director of the museum at Eldridge Street, said that the window held particular significance to the community. “This is a momentous occasion, and the installation of this window is a deeply significant moment for this landmark,” Dimun said. [more]