Recap: Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival

Posted on: June 7th, 2010 at 6:24 am by

Way down at the terminus of Eldridge Street, where old-world Judaism meets modern-day Chinatown, hordes gathered yesterday afternoon to celebrate the 10th annual Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival.  Amidst the balmy weather, it was a celebration of two delicious traditional treats.

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On the street, a number of tables were serving up the egg rolls and egg creams (made with U-Bet), with all proceeds from sales benefiting the Eldridge Street Synagogue.  The Pickle Guys and Zaro’s Bakery, who were event co-sponsors, also had representation.  Not everything was food-oriented, though.  There were more child-friendly stations dedicated to face painting, arts and crafts, and yarmulka design.  All the while, various traditional groups provided a unique soundtrack.

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Inside the synagogue proper, the scene was a bit more bustling.  A few tables were squeezed into a tiny area behind the pews.  One had a scribe (sofer) writing out Hebrew names for people on construction paper.  His was the most popular.  There was also a place for Chinese paintings, calligraphy, and rather intricate origami.

Museum hands told the story of the ornate structure (est. 1887) and a cantor sang some Hebrew hymns.  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was also in attendance, and delivered a speech about his connections to the house of worship.  How is brother was Bar Mitzvahed here; how his family was involved in its leadership in the 1930s through the 1950s.

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