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Early temple was on Windsor Road

July 16, 2010

Serving with Berman on the building committee were M.H. Sternseher, Joseph Levey, Herbert Mitchelson, Syd Green and I. Rosenblum.

"The congregation held services on Windsor Road except on High Holy Days when too many people attended," Harold Singer said in a recent telephone interview.

For those special days, they obtained a meeting place at Brand and Harvard Street.

"We would walk from the Windsor site, carrying the Torahs so we'd have them for the service."

The temple community was small at first and most of the families lived in Glendale.

Eventually, when the membership grew to about 50 families, the congregation raised money to build Temple Sinai on Pacific Avenue.

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Katherine Yamada's column runs every other Friday. To contact her, call features editor Joyce Rudolph at (818) 637-3241. For more information on Glendale's history, visit the Glendale Historical Society's web page: http://www.glendalehistorical.org; call the reference desk at the Central Library at (818) 548-2027; or call (818) 548-2037 to make an appointment to visit the Special Collections Room at Central from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Readers Write: Regarding your article on downtown Glendale in the 1950s — the toy store referred to was The Toy House. It was on the corner of California Avenue and Brand Boulevard before the JCPenney's store was rebuilt at that location. My friend Dee Dee Nielson and I worked there summers and Christmas holidays during our high school years. That was the mid-1950s. Signed, Janice Drugan

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