SYRACUSE, N. Y. (WSYR-TV) — The members of the Temple Concord congregation voted Sunday to put the historic building up for sale.
Rabbi Daniel Fellman with Temple Concord said back in March, the board got an offer out of nowhere from a buyer looking to use their building for student housing.
Rabbi Feldman says the 108-year-old building near the corner of Madison Street and University Avenue, Syracuse has been falling apart and the congregation has been struggling financially for decades. He says the board felt selling the building would put them in good standing and make room for opportunities in the future.
The offer from the developer was to buy the building for $9 million. Rabbi Fellman said they plan on putting $6 million into an endowment fund and using the rest for a new home.
Though many members of the congregation understand the changes, some are having trouble letting go of the sanctuary. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the 9th oldest Jewish congregation in the country.
“The challenge, of course, is that we’ve been in this building 108 years and we want to preserve that and protect that,” said Rabbi Fellman.
From here, the decision goes to the Attorney General’s office. Then, it’s up to the developer to get all of the permits and procedures in place.
As of now, the congregation is unsure of where they may move to. They are not releasing the name of the developer at this time.