111-year-old synagogue restored as Silver Hawks' gift store

A special building received a ceremony Monday as the first synagogue was lit up by the chandelier that was used more than 100 years ago.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg along with other community and religious leaders of all faiths gathered for the historic lighting ceremony.

The 111 year-old building, now called the Hawks Nest, for the South Bend Silver Hawks, was restored and is now the team's gift store.

They wanted to bring the building back to its glory, so they spent $40,000 to restore the chandelier that lit up the synagogue for many years.

But this time instead of being lit by candles, it's lit with electricity which makes it stand out.

David Piser, a member of “Sons of Israel” said he is very happy that Mr. Berlin decided to keep and renovate the chandelier. "I’ve seen that chandelier for years, but I've never seen it that beautiful. Never.

The last service held in this building was back in the early 90's.

You can go in the restored synagogue during any South Bend Silver Hawks game or during normal business hours to check it out for yourself.


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