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New York, NY - New iPhone App Breathes New Life Into LES Eldridge Street Synagogue

Published on: November 27, 2012 10:15 AM
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Max Smith, a congregant at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, had his oral history recorded 20 years ago. He died in 2009. Photo: DNAinfoMax Smith, a congregant at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, had his oral history recorded 20 years ago. He died in 2009. Photo: DNAinfo

New York, NY - Want to hear an oral history of the 125-year-old Eldridge Street Synagogue located on the Lower East Side? There’s a free iPhone app for that.

Thanks to the work of former synagogue interns and recent NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduates Carlin Wragg and Anna Pinkas, iPhone users will now be able to select from 19 archival recordings featuring fond, personal recollections of congregants – many of whom are deceased – which were previously recorded on audio tapes in the 1980s and 1990s.

DNAinfo.com reports (http://bit.ly/TZNvxN) that Wragg and Pinkas synced all of the recordings to the shul’s floor plan, so visitors can choose an area of the synagogue they want to learn about and listen to the corresponding recording. According to Wragg, the app uses “cutting-edge interactive technology to guide you along a sonic pathway of voices, music, and environmental sounds, exposing the synagogue’s architectural treasures, fascinating history, and long musical tradition.”

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“All of these recordings of people, many of whom have passed away, were members of this landmark,” said Amy Stein-Milford, the deputy director of the Museum on Eldridge Street which oversees the shul. “They are utilizing these amazing oral histories that have been locked away, literally, on tapes.”

The “Storywalks” iPhone map tour will be available as of December 6.


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 Nov 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM shlomogabai Says:

perhaps a minyan app might be a good option? an app where you can find out when there will be a minyan, so lets say I'm passing manhattan, brooklym, staten island, nj, etc. and it gets late, I look at my app and know where the next minyan.

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 Nov 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM Namehelper Says:

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shlomogabai Says:

perhaps a minyan app might be a good option? an app where you can find out when there will be a minyan, so lets say I'm passing manhattan, brooklym, staten island, nj, etc. and it gets late, I look at my app and know where the next minyan.

There is such an app! Download the Siddur App from rusty brick, and in that app there's a minyan finder feature!

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 Nov 27, 2012 at 06:12 PM Mellie Says:

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shlomogabai Says:

perhaps a minyan app might be a good option? an app where you can find out when there will be a minyan, so lets say I'm passing manhattan, brooklym, staten island, nj, etc. and it gets late, I look at my app and know where the next minyan.

Also, there is the Kosher GPS app, which is fantastic. It not only shows the closest minyanim (and instructions how to get there, the phone no of the shul, etc.) but also mikvahs and restaurants in addition. On the net is the go daven website, too.

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