Stung by economy, Birmingham Jewish congregation selling synagogue

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A Jewish congregation in Birmingham is selling its synagogue after being stung by the tough real estate market.

Knesseth Israel Congregation is selling its campus for $5.5 million. The property includes a social hall, a kosher kitchen, office space and a ritual bath.

Co-president Leslie Kahn said leaders hope to find a buyer who might be willing to share space with the congregation, which dates back to 1892 and has about 100 families as members.

Rabbi Eytan Yammer says the group can't afford the campus because its old synagogue sold for only a quarter of what members expected amid the economic downturn.

Yammer says the congregation will move elsewhere if necessary.

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