Temple Israel

Temple Israel celebrated its 95th year in Alameda with a gala last Saturday. The temple traces its roots to a meeting held in the Tucker Building on Park Street. According to the history that accompanied the gala’s program, "One November night in 1920 on the second floor of Miller’s Drug Store (a group of families) came together with one thing in mind — the establishment of a Jewish community in Alameda."

 

This is an important time of the year for Alameda’s Jewish community. Temple Israel marks this Saturday with three events. They have a Torah study and “Art for All!” at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. Call 522-9355 to confirm the time for the Torah study. 

Then, at 8:30 p.m., in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah, there will be a reading of the penitential poems and prayer, the Selichot, followed by nosh and conversation. 

This is an important time of the year for Alameda’s Jewish community. Temple Israel marks this Saturday with three events. They have a Torah study and “Art for All!” at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. Call 522-9355 to confirm the time for the Torah study. 

Then, at 8:30 p.m., in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah, there will be a reading of the penitential poems and prayer, the Selichot, followed by nosh and conversation. 

 

Temple Israel has been part of the fabric that defines Alameda since 1896, when the congregation began meeting in Encinal Hall at Bay Street and Lincoln Avenue. The community had no real organized presence here, however, until the establishment of the First Hebrew Congregation of Alameda in 1920. Members attended services in rented halls until 1924, when the first synagogue arose at Oak Street and Alameda Avenue.

Presenting “A Series of Threes — Three Spanish, Three French, Three American and Three Liszt Piano Pieces” at the inspiring age of 80, pianist Findlay Cockrell will perform in concert on Wednesday, April 27, beginning at 7 p.m. at Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda.

He will perform here for one concert only. Doors open at 7, and the concert starts at 7:30. Suggested donations are $25 for premium seating; $20 for general seating and $15 for youth and special needs seating. A reception will follow.

Games, booths, prizes (gold fish and more), face painting, mask making, the Shushan Saloon and the Shushan Deli are a few of the fun and delicious activities taking place this Sunday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Temple Israel of Alameda’s world famous Temple Purim. The temple is located at 3183 Mecartney Rd.