For Sale: Synagogue with Ties to Bob Dylan

Musician Bob Dylan Performs onstage during the 37th AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas on June 11, 2009, in Culver City, Calif.
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NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Now on the market: the synagogue where Bob Dylan had his bar mitzvah.

The building in Hibbing, Mich., which is No. 8 on the Bob Dylan walking tour, is where 13-year-old Bobby Zimmerman celebrated the Jewish rite of passage.

Pictures: Bob Dylan

Zimmerman grew up to become Dylan, and the owners of the building, Brenda Shafer-Pellinen and her husband, Eric, are hoping that famous connection helps sell it.

Shafer-Pellinen tells the Duluth News Tribune that she has reached out to Dylan fans on websites such as and The asking price is $119,000.

The building hasn't been a synagogue since the 1980s, when the congregation disbanded and the building was turned into apartments.

Shafer-Pellinen and her husband bought it in 2001 with the intent of turning it into a bed-and-breakfast, but the Twin Cities couple hasn't been able to move north.


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