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.

Susan busily demonstrating how to make kreplach which she calls Jewish ravioli

Susan busily demonstrating how to make kreplach which she calls Jewish ravioli

Rolling out the kreplach dough

Rolling out the kreplach dough

Stuffed with cheese, these kreplach look almost good enough to eat but no one did because there was no way to cook them

Stuffed with cheese, these kreplach look almost good enough to eat but no one did because there was no way to cook them

Meanwhile, I amused myself by taking photos of the faces in the crowd.

Kreplach is dandy but egg creams are better

Kreplach is dandy but egg creams are better

 

Huh?

Huh?

 

She lives in Shanghai and speaks fluent Mandarin or so she said

She lives in Shanghai and speaks fluent Mandarin or so she said

Enjoying his smoke, street fair or not

Enjoying his smoke, street fair or not

 

I told this guy I liked his flying hair and he asked if he could take a photo with me

I told this guy I liked his flying hair and he asked if he could take a photo with me

The happy face of a Mahjong winner

The happy face of a Mahjong winner

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The mark of a beauty

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He was really getting into the festivities

He was really getting into the festivities

She sang a rendition of Empire State of Mind, I kid you not. She was from Iowa and says she loves New York

She sang a rendition of Empire State of Mind, I kid you not. She was from Iowa and says she loves New York

What street fair? Where's the free wi-fi?

What street fair? Where’s the free wi-fi?

A peek inside a Chinatown building, always very mysterious

A peek inside a Chinatown building, always very mysterious

Anyone ready for an egg cream?

Anyone ready for an egg cream?

The answer is 'yes!'

The answer is ‘yes!’

Pickled to perfection

Pickled to perfection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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