Temple Sinai records
- Temple Sinai (New Orleans, La.) (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
The first organized synagogues in New Orleans followed the Orthodox rituals. By 1861 a committee was appointed to encourage the Reform Movement. Delayed by the Civil War, the project continued in 1869 and in 1870 Temple Sinai was founded. The new Temple, built on Carondelet between Calliope and Deloard, was dedicated in 1872; James K. Gutheim was elected Rabbi and I. L. Leucht was elected Reader.
After Rabbi Gutheim’s sudden death in 1886, he was succeeded by Rabbi Max Heller. Heller spearheaded a campaign to build a new Temple uptown. His successor, Rabbi Louis Binstock, continued that effort and dedicated the current Temple at St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street in 1928.
Binstock was succeeded by Rabbi Julian B. Feibelman in 1936. Under his leadership Temple Sinai became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1949, when no other auditorium was available for an unsegregated audience, Rabbi Feibelman offered Temple Sinai as a venue for a speech by Ralph Bunche.
Feibelman was succeeded by Rabbi Roy Rosenberg in 1967, who was himself succeeded by Rabbi Murray Blackman in 1970. In 1987, Edward Paul Cohn became Rabbi. During his tenure, Temple Sinai hired its first Cantor in a century, the Holocaust Memorial was installed on the riverfront, and the Temple survived the crises of KKK leader David Duke and Hurricane Katrina.
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