8. There Are Two “Vintage” Toilets in the Synagogue

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Down the original main staircase from the sanctuary and behind a door, you’ll find the original toilet of the synagogue. Today, it’s a scene worthy of a haunted house, with rusty pipes and old bricks scattered about. There’s another toilet housed in an added room in the back of the sanctuary, surrounded by wood walls. The story goes that when the Eldridge Street Synagogue was renting out the downstairs sanctuary to another congregation, the two didn’t get along. Eldridge Street decided to build their own upstairs.