This building is on the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto. It was built in 2004 to accommodate the needs of 4,500 Jewish students on campus. Designed by Toronto architect Susan Friedrich, daughter of Hungarian holocaust survivors. The design incorporate several subtle references to Judaism, for example, the black painted columns at the east end of the building refers to the pillars of Solomon's Temple, destroyed millennia ago, and the west end of the building is clad with Jerusalem limestone, an exquisite sand-colored stone. The centre is part of the 'Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life' (simply known as Hillel International or Hillel) which is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, working with thousands of college students globally. The organization is named for Hillel the Elder, a Jewish sage known for his formulation of the Golden Rule.
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Noel_Byrne (26101) 2014-02-09 8:00
A fascinating building, very modern, but reading your note I see it harks back to ancient traditions in its design too. Very clever to use the modern structure and include the great touches like this. A very appealing building too, it feels like it is full of life. As always, you chose the perfect angle.
All the best