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Temple Beth Triumphant!

After two years of uncertainty, the future of the historic Temple Beth Israel campus has been assured. Local preservation developers Anthony Block and Peter Janopaul, a SOHO Board Member, first learned of the possibility that the Temple block might become available four years ago. On September 11, the owners completed a process whereby the buildings would be designated and then donated to the Congregation Ohr Shalom. The Congregation has agreed to accept the gift and to preserve the historic structures.

The Congregation took possession of the facilities in time to celebrate the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and it appears to be a happy outcome for all the parties involved. Temple Beth Israel has endorsed the new use, Ohr Shalom has found a home for their congregation, and the developer was able to facilitate a transfer that made economic and preservation sense. The urban Jewish Community has secured a place of worship, and much-needed urban infill housing will be created on the 50% of the city block that was not donated.

This is truly a momentous win for historic preservation. SOHO congratulates Ohr Shalom on their new home and we applaud J. Peter Block for their generous gift to San Diego.

2002 - Volume 33, Issue 4

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