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Temple B’nai Israel to close

After 65 years, decline in membership forcing sale

March 16, 2013

PARKERSBURG — The city’s only Jewish temple will soon be going up for sale....

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Mar-18-13 9:15 AM

*Fopmember, I certainly agree with you on part of your comment.There are those that sit on their behinds and collect welfare.I've known a good many through my line of work,and it makes me angry. However, there are those who honestly need help.I really feel bad for children stuck with parents who collect, and trade for their own selfish needs, as you say, to get drugs, etc. I could tell you stories of low lives, who would go to any length to get a free buck. And for everyone of them, there are those who honestly need help just to get back on their feet, and are turned away. It works both ways. Our church offers a soup kitchen, so meals are given to those in need, but I wonder how many of our elderly cannot get to help, and simply do without. Please don't judge everyone the same. If more would help to volunteer where the needy come, maybe these vultures would be weeded out.

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Mar-18-13 1:23 AM

Every person I know in my church pays taxes. So when you say churches don't pay their fair share, you're wrong. First off, the church is a building, the people make up the congregation. Their donations go for keeping up the building, and in our case help keep our schools running. The church is used for many practices, one is feeding the hungry, giving clothes to the poor, and helping the homeless find shelter. That is why the churches are not responsible for paying taxes. (They are paying in other ways.)For those of you who do not go to church for one reason or another, or simply say,"you don't believe in God," what do you offer in helping the less fortunate? I could guess, and wouldn't be far from the truth.

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Mar-17-13 7:41 PM

FOPMember,I should feel sorry for you because you are a pathetic loser. HOWEVER,you have,by the tone of your messages,chosen to be the narrow minded and extemely consciousless bigot you have without a doubt portrayed.

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Mar-17-13 5:03 PM

FOPmember, your view of religion is as narrow as, well, some religions' views on certain matters.

I would be open to changing the tax laws. But it won't solve our deficit.

I remember when a lot of people thought religion would go away. But that expectation is so 20th Century. Christianity is fading in Europe, holding on in the U.S., growing in Africa & Latin America. But even if Christianity were to fade away, religion won't disappear. Even if Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, etc. all vanish (not this millennium), religion will still be around.

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Mar-17-13 8:09 AM

@viennawva....It is nice that you would reach out and help the Jewish community in their time of need. But let me ask you this....Do you think that they would help a Christian church stay open if the situation were reversed? I can tell you that*****would probably freeze over first.

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Mar-17-13 2:20 AM

I think the community needs to band together to help save the temple from being closed down. It has been a fixture in this community and adds a cultural diversity that we cannot afford to loose. I for one would do whatever I can to help them keep the doors open. I hope the reconsider their decision. Maybe if the temple can stay open they can attract some young jewish families to the area.

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Mar-17-13 12:41 AM

*Guy007,I couldn't have said it better. And *FOPmember,I really feel sorry for you. One who blocks God out of their lives, really have nothing to live for. And as for me having a life, I'm happy to say, I've had a long one. I've been blessed with wonderful healthy kids, lots of grandkids, and now enjoying my great-grandkids. Times haven't always been easy, but with my belief and faith in God, I've been able to get through them. If you choose not to believe, so be it, but don't think you're state of mind can affect others. The last I knew, we in America so far still have freedom of religion!

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Mar-16-13 9:35 PM

FOPMember,get a conscience!!! You evidently lack understanding right from wrong. Your type is inhumane,to say the least,uneducated. By the way,religion is a concept to explain the irrational truths as opposed to the rational truths. Even atheism,another irrational set of ideas, is a religion

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Mar-16-13 8:31 PM

There aren't any mosques in the area, maybe the muslims will be interested in the property.

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Mar-16-13 2:19 PM

Correction- Dr.Ben Carson, not Carter.

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Mar-16-13 1:52 PM

This is so very sad, but as said, other churches are having the same problem. With so many youth going in different directions looking for work in their educated field, I can see why this problem exist. Unless our economy changes, things are not going to get better. I only hope that people watched Dr. Carter, the Pediatric neosurgeon that spoke on the program through Fox network this morning. He was so positive about bringing back the economy, and unlike most politicians, he stated that we must bring God back into America. His speech was so uplifting, and had me thinking of a positive future ahead. I'm not of Jewish faith, but they are certainly in my prayers, as well as people of other faith.

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Mar-16-13 10:37 AM

Get a praise band, seems to be a cure all, not.

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Mar-16-13 10:27 AM

While I am not of the Jewish faith, I find this so sad. I understand the practical concerns of the congregation as expressed here, I just hate the thought of it being 'gone.' I wish the congregation only the best.

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Mar-16-13 7:25 AM

A lot of churches are going thru the same problem right now. The whole area is ageing and demand for schools is dropping due to fewer children. I have known many fine people of jewish faith over the years and it hurts me to think what they are going thru at this time. I pray for you.

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Mar-16-13 1:19 AM

It is good that this congregation has another meeting spot in which to worship together as a community. It saddens me greatly for the temple to close. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the local other churches worked together to help the members of Temple B'nai Israel keep the temple. While we all may have different beliefs, helping others seems to be a common thread in many different religions.

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Mar-16-13 12:21 AM

This is sad.

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