Six years ago, Rabbi Moshe Greenwald decided to open a synagogue and Jewish community center at 7th and Broadway, in the heart of a rapidly changing downtown Los Angeles.
The feedback wasn't entirely uplifting.
Some were incredulous at the idea, he said, while others doubted anyone would attend. "They said we'd pack up after two years," Greenwald added.
On Friday, the Jewish Community Center-Chabad of Downtown Los Angeles set places for nearly 240 people at its Seder, the multi-course meal that marks the start of Passover, which celebrates the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.
The turnout provided the latest evidence of the...