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Tabernacle. Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger © 8/1/19   Click to enlarge.


MICHAEL REED with the original London cast of Phantom of the Opera :   “All I ask of You.”



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Thanksgiving Day, 2019. The cupola of the Tabernacle reaches towards the sky. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Below is a link to our 2014 post about the Bishop Janes Tabernacle in Ocean Grove.



Bishop Janes Tabernacle on Blogfinger 2014


Wiki:    Established on November 26, 1789, the first national “Thanksgiving Day” was originally created by George Washington as a way of “giving thanks” for the Constitution.

We all have the chance today to express our thanksgiving for a variety of reasons,  but  for Blogfinger we are thankful for freedom of speech and freedom of the press, and so much more.

And in Ocean Grove, a town which came to be with a religious foundation, and in America, a country which came to be because of religious beliefs and values, there is good reason to be thankful today for freedom of religion.


JOHN RUTTER AND THE CITY OF LONDON SINFONIA—from The John Rutter Christmas Album:   “Angel’s Carol.”




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Windows at the top reaches of the Tabernacle. All photos by Paul Goldfinger ©

Windows at the top reaches of the Tabernacle. All photos by Paul Goldfinger © Click on all photographs to enlarge them.

By Paul Goldfinger MD, Editor @Blogfinger.net   Re-posted from June, 2014.

The Bishop Janes Tabernacle is the oldest permanent structure in Ocean Grove, build in 1877.  It is an airy, open building consisting basically of one room and  a center section on top where  a sweep of windows allows light to stream in from above  and illuminate the seating below–symbolic perhaps, or very practical, or both.

Light and breezes come inside. ©

Light and breezes come inside. ©

Ted Bell, Ocean Grove historian and author, showed us the 19th century ventilation system which keeps the place cool.  Downstairs there is a ring of large doors and windows.   The latter open in a curious way, but there is a purpose to the design. The window aims the warm breezes upward where they can stream through the top  row of windows.

Ted Bell shows how the lower level windows open. ©

Ted Bell shows how the lower level windows open. ©

Outside, the light trickles and flows through the trees to hit the Tabernacle and creates moving patterns on its outside walls and illumination for the prayer books inside.

outside one


BACH:  Double concerto in D minor for 2 violins and strings.  With Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Lysy, and Camerata Lysy Gstaad.


—- Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

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