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Louis Kline, a Baltimore Street merchant, stepped to the front of the platform and announced that he would auction to the highest bidder the honor of laying the cornerstone. The first bid was $100.00. The highest bidder was Mr. Kline who offered the sum of $325.00 and the privilege and pleasure of laying the stone was awarded to him by Chairman Baron. Tasker G. Lowndes, president of the Second National Bank, gave a short talk praising the work of the Beth Jacob Congregation. Mr. Baron then introduced Rabbi Coblentz, who gave the main address, and was high in his praise for the work of Beth Jacob. After another rendition by the band, Reverend Martin Luther Enders, Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of this city, was introduced by Mr. Baron. Reverend Enders delivered an address which was overflowing with historical events of ancient time and the religion of the Israelites. Reverend Enders told of his visit to the Holy Lands. Reverend Enders said that although he was a minister of a Christian congregation in the city, he deemed it a pleasure to be present at the ceremony incident to the cornerstone laying, which was the beginning of the erection of a building dedicated to the service of God and the advancement of His cause among the Orthodox Jewish fraternity of Cumberland and vicinity. The ceremony of laying the cornerstone took place. Reverend Enders then delivered the benediction which concluded the ceremonies. The entire assembly then proceeded to the Odd Fellows Hall on South Mechanic Street for a reception. The decorations on the platform were placed by John Kiffner. A facsimile of the ancient flag of Israel used by the Israelites six thousand years ago was made for the congregation by Mrs. Rosie Waingold of this city. The officers of Beth Jacob congregation are Samuel Yankelevitz, president; Jacob H. Kister, vice-president; Abe Wolf, trustee; Meyer Sigel, trustee; Oscal Feldstein, trustee; and Sam Swartz, trustee.


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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