Indianapolis Jews to Fight for Right to Build Temple in Suburb

The Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation will appeal to the courts if necessary against threatened condemnation by the town of Meridian Hills of a 22-acre tract on the outskirts of the suburb acquired by the congregation as the site for a new one million dollar temple.

Following a public meeting in Meridian Hills to hear objections to the condemnation plan and use of the land for a sewage disposal plant and new town hall, the three township trustees reserved their decision. The town board announced the condemnation plan after the congregation had challenged its refusal to permit construction of a temple. The congregation offered to give the town four or five acres necessary for the plant.

Meridian Hills, a town of 800, where every home costs $30,000 or more, has displayed equal opposition to plans for Protestant or Catholic churches within its limits. In previously denied zoning permits for a Presbyterian and a Baptist church and when a Catholic church posted a sign on the contemplated site for a new church, it was forced to remove it.

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