Message from Architect Moshe Safdie at the Groundbreaking of The Taube Family Campus

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Architect Moshe Safdie

This is a great day, an exciting day. We've been waiting for it for a long time. I wish I could be here. I want to congratulate Rabbi Panken and Tad Taube for making this possible. 

After 30 years of activities and the campus being here, we will open our great gateway to the city. Now the campus will become more familiar, more accessible to the citizens at large. And it will become part of the life of the city.

I remember so vividly 40 years ago, visiting this site for the first time with Richard Scheuer, Chairman of the HUC-JIR Board of Governors. It had a few temporary sheds. There was a vision, a dream, of a place that would connect east and west, that would be part of the old city, as well as part of the life of the new Jerusalem. 

These courtyards, the gardens, all of this will now become part of the heritage of the city. 

Read More: The Taube Family Campus Named at Groundbreaking of Jerusalem Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion 

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