Boston University News Release

20th November, 2003

Boston University to Hold Topping Off Ceremony for New Hillel House

(Boston, Mass.) ó Boston University will hold a ceremony on Sunday, November 23 to top off its new $15 million Florence and Chafetz Hillel House. The new state-of-the art facility is expected to be completed by September 2004.

The 33,000 square foot structure at the center of the BU campus will feature separate chapels for Conservative, Orthodox and Reform worship, spacious meeting and dining areas, gallery space, administrative offices, and first-class kosher kitchens. Designed by The Stubbins Associates and adorned with Judaic motifs, the exterior of the four-story building at 217 Bay State Road will be constructed of granite, limestone, brick, and copper to provide visual harmony with Bostonís historic Back Bay architecture. The current architect is Steffian Bradley Architects and the construction manager for the project is Jackson Construction Company.

The topping off ceremony will feature fellow naming donors Irwin Chafetz and Leonard Florence, along with a gathering of Hillel students, leaders, alumni, and friends. Rabbi Joseph Polak will recite a psalm in honor of the occasion. A brunch featuring a live jazz ensemble will take place immediately following the ceremony at the current Hillel House located at 233 Bay State Road.

EVENT: Topping Off Ceremony for Florence and Chafetz Hillel House at Boston
DATE: Sunday, November 23

TIME: 11:30 a.m.
PLACE: Construction site at 217 Bay State Road
Boston, Mass.

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