UHC submits application for Sacred Places Indiana grant

By Terry Fear

United Hebrew Congregation has submitted our application and all necessary documentation for a Sacred Places Indiana planning grant. This $5,000 grant will be applied to a building assessment conducted by an architectural firm (of our choosing) with preservation experience.

Generous contributions to the Building Fund have made this possible. Without access to matching funds, UHC cannot apply for grants.

We especially thank Dr. Herman Koren for his “Commemorative Book 150th Anniversary of the Jewish Community in Terre Haute 1849-1999”.

“Even as this synagogue depends upon me for its preservation, so its very presence assures us that there will always be a community for our people.”

There will always be Jewish people in the Wabash Valley contributing to the community. But Temple Israel, our synagogue, is the Jewish Presence: it houses our collective memory and our future collective memory. United Hebrew Congregation and its synagogue are the physical core, as well as the spiritual center of the Wabash Valley’s Jewish Community.

The following is a quote from United Hebrew Congregation’s Tree of Life Fund. Its author is unknown.

“As a Jew, as part of the Jewish Community, this is my home. Within these walls and under the protection of its security, I join with my brothers and sisters in the celebration of our Heritage.

“Even as this synagogue depends upon me for its preservation, so its very presence assures us that there will always be a community for our people. If we have faith in our future, belief in its importance, we must renew our pledge to this, the living symbol of our past, the very promise of our future….”

As we prepare to welcome the new year of 5777, Sacred Places Indiana is giving UHC an opportunity to restore our synagogue and revitalize our congregation through community involvement. Please join us!

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Good News! We got the grant.