Southern California breaking news and trends

Show biz sanctuary: $150 million restoration of 83-year-old synagogue

wilshire boulevard temple

Photo by Robert Garcia via Flickr Creative Commons

Non-Westside worshippers at the iconic Wilshire Boulevard Temple are working together to finance a Hollywood-heavy project of biblical proportions -- a $150 million restoration of their crumbling sanctuary.

The synagogue was opened in 1929 in the area now known as Koreatown, with funding from gantseh k'nackers Irving Thalberg, Carl Laemmle, Louis B. Mayer and brothers Jack and Harry Warner, reports The Hollywood Reporter

The first since its founding, rehab work is set to wrap in time for the 2013 High Holidays. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will serve as stand-in for this fall's services.

Backed by gifts from its long-standing, silver screeners (the congregation dates back to 1862), the $150 million makeover ($90 million has been raised, so far) will include renovation of the historic domed sanctuary, construction of a new K-6 school, parking structure with rooftop play area, administration building, and a separate event space for community services, like food-pantry assistance. 

Read More...