The Actor's Temple, so progressive in its founding that it admitted the once less-respectable entertaining class, has been getting by in its Hell's Kitchen location, but the risk of insolvency has moved the small congregation to modify its space as -- what else? -- a performance space. It isn't always easy -- well-loved pews vanished for 199 seats -- but at least there's a revenue stream.
This is another example of shared use that you in small, underfunded congregations can draw on. (My last pastorate rented space to arts groups, but none used the sanctuary to perform.) Bookmark the story in today's New York Times.
"Off Broadway and Nearer to God: Itâ€™s Curtain Time at a Synagogue" by Campbell Robertson (2006 November 29)