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Long Beach Dedicates Its First Temple

September 2, 1924
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“We must not think that to be more the Jew means to be less the American: We can never be more the American than when we are most the Jew”, said Rabbi Norman Salit of Far Rockaway, who was the principal speaker at the dedication of the Temple Israel, the first synagogue built here and dedicated in the presence of 2,000 persons.

The edifice costs more than $100,000 and is located on Riverside Boulzard and Walnut Street. It is free from debt and plans are being made to build a community house adjoining the temple.

At the afternoon service, addresses were made by the following: Acting Mayer Frank Frankel, the Rev. Dr. Elias Solomon, President of the United Synagogue of America; the Rev. Dr. Jacob Kohn of New York, the Rev. Dr. Nathan Blechman, rabbi of Temple Israel; Charles A. Apfel, President of the temple, and Israel Cummings, Chairman of the Building Committee.

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