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Episcopal bishop is honored for aiding Jewish center

June 11, 2010 |  5:56 pm

In a ceremony that showcased interfaith cooperation, the Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, the Episcopal bishop of Los Angeles, was honored Friday for helping to save a Jewish center in Silver Lake.

About 100 people, including many young children in the center's preschool, turned out to thank Bruno and his diocese for investing more than $300,000 to help the then-endangered Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center buy its building five years ago.

The center, now on better financial footing, recently paid back the diocese what had amounted to a no-interest loan. To commemorate Bruno’s role in keeping the center open, its leaders Friday named the facility's community room in his honor and lauded him for his generosity and ecumenical spirit.

Bruno, a former police officer and professional football player, played basketball at the center when he was a teenager. One of his grandchildren now attends preschool classes there.

-- Rebecca Trounson