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.

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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.

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“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.

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