11. There are two “vintage” toilets in the synagogue

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Down the original main staircase from the sanctuary and behind a door, one will find the synagogue’s original toilet. Today, the bathroom the toilet sits in is 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 wooden walls. The story goes that when the Eldridge Street Synagogue was renting out the downstairs portion of the sanctuary to another congregation, the two did not get along. As such, Eldridge Street decided to build its own upstairs.