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Imagining a seder in my home a century ago

by Edmon J. Rodman

April 2, 2015 | 7:14 pm

Architect Abraham M. Edelman designed this synagogue, the second building for Congregation of B’nai B’rith. The cornerstone was laid March 15, 1896, and the building was dedicated Sept. 5 of the same year. The synagogue, which had seating for 600 people, was built of red brick with twin towers and pomegranate domes, it had deep-red carpet, plush-cushioned pews and a chandelier containing 60 bulbs — the largest in the city. This structure was replaced in the late 1920s when Wilshire Boulevard Temple opened. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection

With 30-minute seders, food drives for the hungry and boxes of perfectly baked matzah, we like to think that in 2015 we have... read full article

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