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Mel Gibson

Temple Tries to Shake Him Down!

1/27/2012 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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A Southern California temple is trying to shame Mel Gibson into undoing a mess it created by taking out a jumbo loan on its synagogue -- a loan it can't afford to pay back.

Congregation Beth Shalom, located in Corona, sent Mel a letter -- obtained by TMZ -- in which it is requesting big money from the actor to prevent foreclosure.

Now here's the shameful part.  In a move resembling a dude accosting you for money at a gas station,  the letter reads in part, "Our proposal to you, Mr. Gibson, is since you have been cited as an Anti-Semitic, and have denied those allegations, what better way to prove to all your fans and the nay Sayers -- than to endorse and help raise funds for our cause -- SOS, Save Our Synagogue."

0126_the_templeThe letter ends with this: "Mr. Gibson, we offer you to be a Mensch and make a sizable contribution to our cause."

We know Gibson has contributed a fortune to a bunch of L.A. charities, including $5 million to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center -- a Jewish hospital.

Mel's rep tells TMZ ... he knows nothing about the request but wishes the temple all the best.

The real issue .... Who knew there were Jews in Corona?

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A rep for the temple tells TMZ, "We weren't trying to shame Mel Gibson into giving us money.  We are approaching many celebrities and people of the community as well.  We thought because of his situation he would be very much interested in supporting our cause."


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Michael Jackson Was A Pedo    

What idiots. I say Mel uses some of his money to hire people to burn the place to the ground.

914 days ago
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little aussie reader    

Bruce Williams and Congregation - Keeping it classy.

914 days ago
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Criss    

Extortion is a very ugly behavior! Just because Mel made some mistakes and has lot of money is no reason to justify shaking him down like that!

914 days ago
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PokerStar    

Send them a cheque for $1.00, lol

914 days ago
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Cujeaux    

What makes them think he's got any money left? If he had some money he would be getting his 'Macabre' movie off the ground.

914 days ago
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Fidel's niece    

Mel should tell them to f*ck off
and to go ask those Jews that run Hollywood
for help...

914 days ago
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little aussie reader    

How would Mel caving to this latest round of blatant extortion equate to him being perceived as someone "who does great deeds and is respected"?


Congregation Beth Shalom - Save your own Synagogue.


This action (if true) is undignified beyond belief and does not reflect upon the members of the congregation at all well.


Shameful is right.

914 days ago
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loungecat    

This had to come from tight-wad anti-semitic lil Mel lol... who else would chide a temple for soliciting donations from a filthy rich man like every other religious insitution & non-profit organization does?! A na^i never changes its swa^tika. Lmao.

914 days ago
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marymac    

Mel is quite wealthy, he should be gracious and make a donation... it'd be great PR, too!

914 days ago
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Bernice Madoff    

Is there nothing more sacred than money? Nobody, should be surprised its always about money!

914 days ago
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Liz    

That is a new low. It is pathetic and embarresing to that church.

914 days ago
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campy    

And what's up with one of those silly Jews having 'Shalom' for a last name? That'd be like me changing my name to Campy Hello.

914 days ago
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moxie    

This is shameful. And, it casts a bad light on the Jewish community. For shame, Congregation Beth Shalom.

914 days ago
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Susan62509    

The church needs to take responsibility for their own loan decisions and not push them on Mel Gibson. They have to rely on their collateral used against their loan. Also their letter was poorly written. Rather than ask politely, beg, negotiate, etc., their letter read more like a demand that money was OWED to them. Since when did extortion and religion go hand in hand? What an embarrassment to their congregation.

913 days ago
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Dean    

It is very bad .because jews need to stop their pitty path and always feel like being mistreated. Stop pulling out the guilty card.

913 days ago
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