Synagogue solicits Mel Gibson

A Southern California synagogue asked movie star Mel Gibson for a donation, suggesting it would remedy his reputation regarding Jews.

The president of Congregation Beth Shalom in Corona sent the filmmaker and actor a letter asking for help to prevent the synagogue from losing its building, reported the Hollywood gossip site TMZ.

“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,” the letter from the synagogue’s president said.

The letter said the synagogue was grappling with a $1.6 million loan it had taken out to construct its building and the effects of the economic downturn on its members.

A representative for Gibson told TMZ that he was not aware of the request. — jta