This being New York City and the Lower East Side specifically, today the Museum at Eldridge Street held a street fair smack in the middle of Chinatown which is of course precisely where the Eldridge Street Synagogue and Museum happens to be located. Side by side, Jews, Chinese and many other ethnic groups poured into the street (kindly closed to cars) on a gorgeous day to watch how pickles are brined, to take part in a make-your-own yarmulke demonstration and to drink egg creams. Nearby, Chinese seniors faced off over a table of Mahjong tiles. Music ranged from traditional Chinese to Latino dancing. At one point, a group of Chinese musicians were playing inside the Eldridge Street Synagogue. I think God was smiling. It was New York all the way…and my wife was part of the festivities, demonstrating the fine art of making kreplach to the crowd.
Meanwhile, I amused myself by taking photos of the faces in the crowd.