Temple Israel of Washington Heights (1926-1931) - New York City (now Schottenstein Center of Yeshiva University)
   
Temple Israel of Washington Heights
(Reform Jewish)

560-66 West 185th Street
New York, N.Y. 10033



Temple Israel of Washington Heights was organized in 1916 and occupied quarters at 181st Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. In 1922, construction began on an imposing neo-Georgian synagogue at 560-66 West 185th Street, designed by Sommerfeld & Steckler. The facade included four columns that supported a pediment, upon which was a Decalogue over the words "Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself". Completed at a cost of $400,000, the new temple was dedicated on April 3, 1927. Apparently, the Washington Heights congregation was short-lived as the building was acquired by Congregation Gates of Israel, founded in 1931. Today the building houses the Schottenstein Center of Yeshiva University.
               
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 4660 (1926)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 41 stops, 22 ranks


In a contract dated March 19, 1926, the Möller Organ Company agreed to build a three-manual organ with 64 registers. A detached stop-key console controlled 41 stops and 22 ranks.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed with Choir (5" wind pressure)
16
  Double Open Diapason
73
8
  Gemshorn
73
8
  First Open Diapason
61
8
  Viola da Gamba
73
8
  Second Open Diapason [ext.]
4
  Octave [Eng. Op. Diap.]
CH
8
  Doppel Floete
73
4
  Flute Harmonic
CH
8
  Melodia
73
8
  Tuba
61
 
     
 
     
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed (5" wind pressure)
16
  Bourdon [unit]
97
8
  Salicional
73
8
  Gedeckt
8
  Vox Celeste [TC]
61
4
  Orchestral Flute
4
  Salicet [Salicional]
2 2/3
  Flute Twelfth
8
  Cornopean
73
2
  Flautina
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Open Diapason
73
8
  Vox Humana
73
8
  Viole d'Orchestre
73
       
               
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed (5" wind pressure)
8
  English Open Diapason
73
8
  Gemshorn
GT
8
  Dulciana
73
8
  VIola da Gamba
GT
8
  Unda Maris [TC]
61
4
  Flute Traverso [Melodia]
GT
8
  Flute Harmonic
73
4
  Dulcet
8
  Doppel Floete
GT
8
  Clarinet
73
 
     
 
     
Pedal Organ – 32 notes (5" wind pressure)
32
  Resultant
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt
SW
16
  First Open Diapason
44
8
  Octave [First Open Diap.]
16
  Second Open Diapason
GT
8
  Flute [Bourdon]
16
  Bourdon
44
8
  Violoncello [Viola da Gamba]
GT
               
Couplers
    Normal compliment of couplers      
               
Mechanicals
    Great tremulant     Choir tremulant
    Swell tremulant     Crescendo Indicator
               
Adjustable Combinations
    Five pistons affecting Great Stops  
    Five pistons affecting Swell Stops  
    Five pistons affecting Choir Stops  
    Five pistons affecting Pedal Stops  
    Three pistons affecting Full Organ  
               
Pedal Movements
    Great to Pedal Reversible  
    Balanced Expression Pedal, Swell Organ  
    Balanced Expression Pedal, Great-Choir Organs  
    Grand Crescendo Pedal  
    Sforzando Pedal  
               
Sources:
     Dunlap, David W. From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.
     "Temple Israel Dedicated," The New York Times(Apr. 4, 1927).
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of M.P. Möller organ, Op. 4660 (1926).
Illustration:
     Google.com: Street view exterior.