Wilshire Boulevard Temple sanctuary closed indefinitely *

When a foot-long chunk of plaster fell from the dome over the sanctuary, temple officials decided to suspend services, says a Jewish Journal story that raises the specter of possibly quitting the National Register of Historic Places location. The temple is trying to raise $100 million to restore the 79-year-old building and add a school, community center and garage, but in these tough economic times is "faced with the decision of restoring and renovating its historic campus or eventually abandoning it altogether."

* Just to clarify: While the main sanctuary is closed for the time being, the rest of the temple's operations are open and services are held in an auditorium. The Jewish Journal updated its story this morning after hearing complaints, clarifying that the temple plans to stay on Wilshire Boulevard.

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