The Temple Sinai Collection contains the history of the first Reform congregation in New Orleans. Series 1 contains the founding records of the Temple, its organization in 1870 and the building of the first Temple on Carondelet Street. While there are many images of the exterior, the only image of the interior (the Altar) is in the Sisterhood records. Series 1 continues with World War I, the building of the new Temple on Saint Charles Ave., struggles during the depression,World War II, and events into 2000s. There are programs, correspondence, photographs, biographies of Rabbis, building dedications and anniversary events.
Series 2 contains board minutes and annual reports, from the original Constitution and by-laws in 1870 until 1994. This is an extensive source of day by day historical material.
Series 3 contains a collection of Temple Sinai Bulletins from 1969-2003. Earlier bulletins are scattered in Founding Records.
Series 4 contains Religious School materials, including Confirmation programs and photographs, and a list of confirmants from 1872 on.
Series 5 has small collections of personal papers of Rabbi Julian B. Feibelman 1939-1980; Henry Bach Jacobs, Temple Sinai organist; Rabbi Murray Blackman, and Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn.
Series 6 is Photographs. There are historic photographs, of Rabbi James K. Gutheim and his wife, Rabbi Max Heller, Rabbi Julian B. Feibelman, Operation Understanding, and many others. There is a collection of photographs of modern events taken by Jerry Strug from Yvonne Strug's scrapbooks.
Series 7 is Miscellaneous, with lists of converts 1947-1972, a Civil Defense File, tapes and artifacts.
Series 8 is an extensive collection of Temple Sinai Sisterhood, founded in 1900. Historic material contains, among other photographs, the only image of the interior of the Carondolet Street Temple, with an "Altar Play" in progress 1926. A history of the sisterhood by Yvonne Strug is included in Box 47, which is cataloged folder by folder from 1900 to 1950s. The rest of the boxes are records, programs, rosters, some minutes, and affiliation with The National and Louisiana Federation of Temple Sisterhoods.