Date published: March 25, 2010
NEW YORK (JTA) - The Conservative movement has raised $40,000 to help rebuild a synagogue destroyed in the recent earthquake in Chile.
The synagogue of the Communidad Israelita de Concepcion was badly damaged when the first of what has turned out to be several powerful earthquakes hit Chile starting in late February.
Rabbi Angel Kreiman of Concepcion estimates that the three-story shul had about $200,000 worth of damage.
Since a fund was set up on March 1 to help rebuild the synagogue, Masorti Olami - an affiliate of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Masorti Movement in Israel - has raised $40,000.