Meanwhile…

In 1974, the Jewish Community opened a day school, Shalom School. At its inception, the school started with kindergarten and then added one grade a year until it reached sixth grade. It met at Mosaic Law for a while, aand then, when the Jewish Federation bought a former public school building, moved in with Federation. About 1975, Mosaic Law Congregation hired a new young rabbi, Yossi Goldman, to replace the aging Joseph Ehrenkrantz. Rabbi Goldman was very assertive in recruiting young male professionals to join Mosaic Law. A combination of Rabbi Goldman’s efforts, and the problems that B’nai Israel had had after the split-off the Fellowship resulted in Mosaic Law’s becoming the leading synagogue in the area, and the one which attracted people who had political ambitions in the Jewish Community.

A few years later, the Sacramento community situation changed again, as two new congregations were born. Both of them split off from Mosaic Law. The first split-off occurred because of problems relating to the Mosaic Law afternoon Hebrew school. The school district of the neighboring community of Roseville released children from public school later than the San Juan School District, where most of the children who participated at the Mosaic Law school came from. In addition, the Roseville students lived farther away, and their parents could not get them to Mosaic Law in time for classes. The parents asked Mosaic Law to modify the starting time, but the they were unwilling to do so. The new group called itself the Sunrise Jewish Congregation, and recruited membership mostly from northeastern suburbs of Sacramento County and the neighboring areas of southeastern Placer County, where the city of Roseville and other communities along Interstate 80 east of Sacramento were experiencing considerable growth. Much of this growth was a spillover from Silicon Valley and included a number of Jews.

About the same time, the Shalom Day School hired a couple named Polstein as teachers. The husband, Yosef, was an Orthodox rabbi, and he began holding religious services in his home for people who found that Mosaic Law was not traditional enough to meet their needs. Additional members came, and the group moved from the Polstein home into the Jewish Federation building. Later they bought a house on nearby Morse Avenue, and remodeled it into a synagogue.

Generally, these changes had a favorable effect on the Fellowship, since it was no longer the only newcomer. To some extent, the Fellowship was competing for members with the Sunrise Congregation, but their territories did not overlap greatly.