Monday, March 03, 2008

California Historical Landmark #654

I visited this site during the lunch break when I was on jury duty.

Site of the First Jewish Synagogue
owned by a Congregation on the Pacific Coast

California State Historical Landmark #654

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This landmark is located in the sidewalk on 7th Street between Capitol and L Streets, Sacramento, California. There are 57 other California State Historical Landmarks in Sacramento County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 34.722 W 121° 29.906.

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The building that stood on this site was prefabricated in Baltimore and shipped around Cape Horn in 1849. It originally housed the Methodist Episcopal Church, whose trustees sold the edifice on June 4, 1852 to Alexander Myer, Joseph Levison, and Charles Friedman, Officers of the Association of the Children of Israel (B'nai Israel), to serve as the first synagogue on the Pacific Coast, dedicated on September 3, 1852. The congregation followed the orthodox tradition until 1880, when it became an adherent of reform Judaism.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Mark. We are framing and displaying the original Caltrans sign at Cong. B'nai Israel -- good to have your information!