Friday, May 29, 2015

There's a synagogue beyond the outfield wall, in Southbend, Indiana

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Andrew Keh
Synagogues, Sausages, and Psychological Warfare in South Bend
INDIANA---Not long ago, the oldest synagogue in this college town underwent a $1 million restoration. The building, to the relief of many, was salvaged from disrepair and possible demolition. But in the process, its character was markedly changed. Today, atop rows of red brick, the interlocking triangles of the Star of David sit alongside the interlacing ovals of the Toyota logo. Inside one doorway, the words of Exodus 25:8 curl in illuminated script across a cream-hued wall. “Make for me a sanctuary,” the verse reads, “and I will dwell in their midst.” Outside, a sign above the entrance denotes what this 114-year-old sanctuary has been renamed: the Cubs Den. [link]
South Bend's Sons of Israel synagogue has been converted into a souvenir store for the minor league baseball team