San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
First Jewish Religious Services
Dedicated September 6, 1950
Erected 1950 by California Centennials Commission, Society of California Pioneers. (Marker Number 462.)
Location. 37° 47.768′ N, 122° 24.211′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Montgomery Street and Columbus Avenue on Montgomery Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 735 Montgomery Street, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Black Cat Café (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Bank of Lucas, Turner & Co. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Banking Firm of Pioche et Bayerque (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotaling Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Salvation Army (within shouting distance of this marker); The Montgomery Block (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 56 Gold Street (about 300 feet away); Western Headquarters of Russell, Majors, and Waddell (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on the east (Montgomery Street) side of the triangular building currently occupied by the Church of Scientology, in approximately the middle of the block.
Also see . . . Jewish Community - Part I (1850-1900). Stephen Mark Dobbs' article on the history of San Francisco's Jewish Community, for the Encylopedia of San Francisco. On the first services:"...The early Jewish presence in Gold Rush San Francisco is acknowledged on a bronze plaque on the 700 block of Montgomery Street, which at that time was the shoreline of the Bay. It commemorates the first celebration of Rosh Hashanah in San Francisco near that site in a wood-framed tent, the first such observance on the west coast, on September 26, 1849 (5610)." Note that this is somewhat at variance with the text on the marker, which commemorates Yom Kippur rather than Rosh Hashanah, and the marker speaks of services on the second floor of a store rather than a wood-framed tent. (Submitted on February 26, 2011.)
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