After almost 2 years of dreaming, conference calls and fundraising, the Rachel Simon Project is proud to announce renovation construction officially began on the Rachel Simon Hillel Theater on Monday, August 19th!
The present theater, located in the Joseph Meyerhoff Hillel building on the Hebrew University Mt. Scopus campus in Jerusalem and originally built in the 1970's, was in dire need of complete refurbishing. Used annually by over 6,000 students for performances, lectures and artistic and social activities, this theater is one of the most active vehicles for artistic expression for young and talented American and International students in Israel.
$315,000 has been raised to date from YOU – so THANK YOU, as well as from private donations, friends and family of Rachel, Hebrew U and Hillel alumni, and the Rothschild Foundation and the Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds. With these funds, we are finally able to realize a state of the art theater with a new stage, new lighting and sound, acoustically designed walls and ceiling, all completely handicapped accessible. We have even been able to secure a new Knabe baby grand piano through additional donations in honor of Rachel's memory.
Renovations are set to complete at the close of 2013 with a planned dedication ceremony in Jerusalem sometime in the spring or summer of 2014.
Our final efforts are to raise the last $35,000 to cover unforeseen costs due to the delays in construction. This means we are over 90% of the way to our goal of $350,000 but are in need of that last little push to get us to the finish line. Please help spread the word of our need for additional funding to benefit the current enrollment as well as future students for generations to come.
May our dreams for this opportunity to honor Rachel's memory and spirit take us to Jerusalem next year for the dedication ceremony!
With deep gratitude for your participation and support, and wishing you blessings for a Happy and Healthy New Year.
The Rachel Simon Project Committee