LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Will a Hollywood superstar hoping to rehabilitate his public image partner with a struggling Southland synagogue?

Board members of Congregation Beth Shalom in Corona reportedly extended a proposal to actor Mel Gibson to help them save their house of worship as a gesture that they said would refute Gibson’s reputation for being anti-Semitic.

The synagogue completed the construction of its new $1.4 million facility in 2008, but quickly saw its donations plunge as the economy floundered and now faces foreclosure.

In a letter first obtained by TMZ.com, Congregation Beth Shalom president Bruce Williams asked Gibson to consider stepping in as their financial savior.

“Our proposal to you, Mr. Gibson, is since you have been cited as anti-Semitic, and have denied those allegations, what better way to prove to all your fans and the nay Sayers — than to endorse and help raise funds for our cause,” the letter read.

“Today, Mr. Gibson, we offer you to be a Mensch and make a sizable contribution to our cause,” the letter concludes.

A Gibson representative told TMZ they were unaware of the offer.

Among other projects, the Oscar-winning director has been linked to plans for a film about the life of Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.

Comments (11)
  1. rankin1 says:

    Mel looks an old old actor.

    1. mel_fan says:

      Ask the “ex” instead. She just cleaned him out. Does this mean temple will repudiate all its anti-Semitic innuendo? Mel rocks.

  2. cory says:

    why don’t they ask eli broad, spielberg, geffen, katzenberg, zuckerberg. etc or any of the other well known jewish billionaires for financial assistance!

  3. John says:

    Regardless of Mr Gibson’s past, I find it in poor taste to ask for money and put someone on the spot. He has no choice but to say yes.

  4. darren says:

    i agree with the comment cory said. why don’t they ask an actual Jewish billionaire to do it!? this looks very much like the synagogue leaders are trying to take advantage of mel gibson’s drunken rant for their own financial irresponsibility. who thinks it’s a good idea to spend all that money to renovate in this economy, anyway?

  5. Doug says:

    Boy these people have a lot of nerve trying to take advantage of a nice Gentile.

    1. Dan says:

      Typical !!!!!!!!!!!! How can we take advantage and not be

      responsible for our actions

  6. Guest says:

    Whats even worse is members of thier organization are elected members of the City of Corona. Poor taste.

  7. Concerned Guest says:

    Such sick people asking an alleged anti-semite for money.. They should raise the Syng. membership rates and get off the dole.

  8. Anon says:

    Reinforcing the same old stereotypes and proving “anti-semites” correct.. Some groups never learn. Sad, real sad.

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