An Israeli government committee approved the $25 million renovation of 16 national heritage projects and sites. The Ministerial Committee on the National Heritage, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Tuesday approved the renovation of the sites -- among the 150 sites and initiatives included in the "Plan for Renovating and Strengthening National Heritage Sites and Assets" approved in February -- at a cost of $25 million. The plan caused some controversy when two West Bank biblical sites, Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs, were added to the list.
On the small, darkened stage, a lone streetlight illuminates the façade of a front porch that, hours later, will serve as the set of Billy Crystal's Long Island home in his one-man show "700 Sundays."
On any given day, Wilshire Boulevard Temple's Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus in West Los Angeles is a hub of activity. Built seven years ago for $30 million, the campus attracted new members like a magnet. They came flocking to enroll their children in day school or religious school or attend the many other activities the campus offered.
Now it wants to repeat its success in a part of town that is far less congruous with Jewish life than the Westside: Koreatown. The temple is planning on spending $30 million to revamp its Wilshire Boulevard property and to turn it into a major Mid-City Jewish destination.