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Community comes out for B'nai Sholom reverse raffle

Mar. 11, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The B'nai Sholom Congregation conducted its 17th annual Historic Preservation Reverse Raffle on Sunday.

The fundraiser doled out 25 cash prizes totaling as much as $18,650. The grand prize of $7,500 was awarded to the holder of the last ticket drawn.

Parishioners and community supporters of B'nai Sholom Congregation gathered for fellowship and fun Sunday afternoon for the raffle, which supports the preservation of the congregation's Temple. The structure was built in 1926 and named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

While the most significant restoration work was of the main sanctuary in 2003, the fund goes to help maintain the historic building, which was designed by the Huntington architectural firm of Meanor & Handloser. The firm also designed the Coal Exchange Building (4th Avenue and 11th Street), the federal courthouse and former main post office (5th Avenue and 9th Street) and the West Virginia Building (4th Avenue and 9th Street).

Sitting next to the YMCA and in the heart of the Southside neighborhood on 10th Street, the congregation was created in 1978 when the Ohev Sholom Temple and B'nai Israel Synagogue merged, and the 10th Avenue Temple became the home of the new B'nai Sholom Congregation.

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