The cornerstone of the new temple of the Congregation Rodeph Sholom, at Nos. 7-21 West 83d Street, New York, was laid on Sunday by Mayor James J. Walker. The Mayor praised the good work of the Jews in the city and congratulated them on the architectural magnificance of the new temple.
“Wherever I go,” he said, “I see about me examples of Jewish benevolence and work of a charitable nature.”
The ceremonies were broadcast over Station WNYC. Among the speakers were Irving J. Joseph, presiding; Rabbi Nathan Stern of the West End Svnagogue. Rabbi Jacob Schulman of the Park Avenue Synagogue, Charles B. Meyers, architect of the temple; Dr. Mitchell Salem Fisher, acting rabbi of the temple: Ernest J. Wu and Maurice Blumenthal. James Waterman Wise spoke for his father, Dr. Stephen S. Wise, who was unable to attend.
The congregation paid tribute to two of its former leaders, Dr. Aaron S. Wise and Dr. Rudolph Grossman.
A dinner at the Hotel Commodore under the auspices of the Men’s Association was given in the evening.
The new temple will be ready next Fall. Its auditorium will have a seating capacity of 1,500. The building will include a temple house, a community house, a religious school and social rooms.
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