With rites and ceremonies, the new Jewish Synagogue, Beth Israel, on Olive Street near Temple, was dedicated yesterday.
The building was filled when the orchestra, in the gallery over the altar, commenced the Coronation March from [sic] Meyerbeer. Down the aisles the processions approached. The men at the head of each carried the treasures of the ark, the scrolls containing the five books of Moses.
The key of the temple was carried by Miss Annie Forer on a pink satin cushion. Following the men walked ten maidens clad in white, with white wreaths on their heads. Twice they passed around the church [sic] and then ascended the altar, Mayor Snyder marching with them.
A prayer by Rev. Alfred Arndt and the reading of the thirtieth psalm by Rabbi I. Myers, preceded the ark service.
Then followed the most interesting part of the service the purpose of a plush curtain was revealed; it hung before the ark, where the sacred scrolls were to be placed, with the same rites that were practiced 2,000 years ago.
. . . The scrolls were solemnly brought forth from the ark, . . . to the pulpit desk, where they were unrolled by S.S. Federman and M.S. Kornblum before Abraham Shulman, who read them aloud.