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Visiting sites previously used for idol worship asks about visiting a historical site previously used for idolatry, and talks about ruins and the possibility of extant religious symbols. My question is about a building that was previously a church (but otherwise nothing special) and that was decommissioned in an orderly fashion and sold.

What issues, if any, arise from using such a building? Does it matter what the new purpose is? For example, an ex-church has been converted into a concert hall -- can Jews enter? Or a synagogue is looking for a building -- can they use an ex-church? Does it matter what architectural features remain (bell tower, cross on the roof, etc)?

Are ex-churches wholly off-limits, or does it depend? If the latter, on what does it depend?

(Locally there is an ex-church that is now a (non-kosher) brewery and restaurant, and it got me wondering if Jews could do that if they wanted to.)

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    FWIW Kehillas Beis Yisrael in East Denver used to be a church. I can see about asking the Rav about the relevant halachos, B”N. – DonielF Jul 7 at 17:54
  • Anecdotally FWIW, there are a number of synagogues in former church buildings. – msh210 Jul 7 at 22:04
  • @msh210 thanks -- it seemed possible but I didn't know of any. (I know of a few that went the other direction.) – Monica Cellio Jul 7 at 22:20

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