Historic temple to become arts center

A historic Cleveland synagogue building will be turned into a performing arts center after undergoing a $64 million expansion and renovation.

Case Western Reserve University will launch the project next month at the Cleveland building of Temple-Tifereth Israel, one of the country’s largest Reform congregations. The synagogue building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, though the congregation’s main home is now in suburban Beachwood, Ohio.

The synagogue retains the right to use the sanctuary for the next 99 years for High Holy Days services and other holidays, as well as other purposes, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

In 2010, the Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation of Cleveland’s Jewish Community Federation donated $12 million to the university so it could buy the building, which features a golden dome and Byzantine and Romanesque motifs. — jta