Temple Sinai is a Reform congregation located at 2808 Summit Street in
Oakland, California. Founded in 1875, it is the oldest Jewish
congregation in the East Bay. Its early members included Gertrude Stein
and Judah Leon Magnes, who studied at Temple Sinai's Sabbath school,
and Ray Frank, who taught them. Originally traditional, under the
leadership of Rabbi Marcus Friedlander (1893–1915) Temple Sinai
reformed its beliefs and practices. By 1914, it had become a Classical
Reform congregation. That year the current sanctuary was built, a
Beaux-Arts structure designed by G. Albert Lansburgh which is the
oldest synagogue in Oakland. The congregation weathered four major
financial crises by 1934. It has since been led by just three rabbis,
William Stern (1934–1965), Samuel Broude (1966–1989), and Steven
Chester (1989–present). In 2006 Temple Sinai embarked on a $15 million
capital campaign to construct an entirely new synagogue campus adjacent
to its current sanctuary. Groundbreaking took place in October 2007,
and by late 2009 the congregation had raised almost $12 million towards
the construction. As of 2010, the Temple Sinai had nearly 1,000 member
families. The rabbis were Steven Chester, Jacqueline Mates-Muchin, and
Andrea Berlin, and the cantor was Ilene Keys.
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British Prime Minister William Gladstone introduced the first Irish
Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.
Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan, New York City was renamed Times
Square after The New York Times building.
BOAC Flight 712 suffered an engine fire shortly after take off from
London Heathrow Airport, leading to deaths of five people on board,
including flight attendant Barbara Jane Harrison, who was later awarded
a posthumous George Cross for her heroism during the accident.
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