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Raritan Valley Hadassah held its first tower
fundraising event on July 21 at the Highland Park Conservative Temple-Congregation
Anshe Emet. Addressing the 100 members who gathered for the event, Marcie
Natan, Hadassah’s National President, said “It is your dedication that makes
this organization so unique and special.”
Guest speaker, Arthur Spector, lead architect for
the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem explained the challenges
of creating a modern and practical facility whose design would blend in with
the historic skyline of Jerusalem, itself a hodge-podge of architectural styles
reflecting the many peoples and nations that have governed the city through the
Arthur Spector, the lead architect for the new
Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem,
is joined by Hadassah National
President Marcie Natan (r) and Ellen Lacy, chair of Raritan Valley
Hadassah’s first tower fund-raising event.
physical beings, the patients’ psyche and physiology are both under attack,”
said Spector. “We as architects need to provide an environment that helps ease
the pain and helps heal illness. We as architects can push that button that
helps in the healing process.” Many features were created just for this purpose
including the healing gardens. Another therapeutic part of the hospital
environment is the tower’s atrium. Spector showed pictures of the area, adorned
with trees and plants and so spacious the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is able
present concerts there.
While Spector called designing the tower, “one of
the most challenging projects of my professional life,” it was also one that
brought him great personal satisfaction. “I always thought if you could
construct a building that was intelligently designed and well planned, it would
be a place to bring everyone together — Jews, Arabs, and Christians,” he said.
As of July 24, Raritan Valley Hadassah had received
pledges totaling about $9,000, with more expected, exceeding the event’s goal
of $6,000, said event chair Ellen Lacy.