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.READ MORE: Exclusive Video: Glenn Allen Brooks, 61, Of Huntington Beach Arrested Thursday In Connection To Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol Riot
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.DUI Suspect Arrested In Deadly Traffic Collision That Killed 2 People On 110 Freeway In South LA Sunday
“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.MORE NEWS: LAPD Report On Echo Park Protest Says Better System For Tracking Projectiles And Dealing With Independent Journalists Needed
Among other projects, the Oscar-winning director has been linked to plans for a film about the life of Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.