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The Hebrew Union College is an academic institute for modern young Jewish people from all over the world who want to become rabbis or cantors in the Reform Jewish communities.
The campus is a gem,occupying 5 acres in the very center of Jerusalem, overlooking the Old City. Its architecture and evolution is entwined in the modern history of Jerusalem.
A wide staircase leads you into the first and oldest building, designed in the International Style by architect Heinz Rau, built in 1963. At that time Jerusalem was a divided city, the border ran very near the campus, and occasionally there were shots from the Jordanian side. The Rau building was therefore built as a modern fortress, with thick walls and narrow windows, and with its windowless back to the Old City (which belonged to Jordan) and its front towards King David street.
The newer part of the campus was erected in 1988, in a different period and different style: Jerusalem was already united, and the new campus is open and spacious, with courtyards, walkways and a small pond, affording beautiful views towards the Old City and the Mamilla Boulevard. It is the work of architect Moshe Safdi.
The campus also contains a small archaeological museum (free), a library (also open to the public) and a cafe.
Address: 13 King David St. Jeusalem 94101
Directions: 100 meters from the Mamilla Boulevard, up David-Ha-Melech Street.
Archaeological Museum open Sun, Tues, Thurs 10:00-16:00.
othercontact: Fax: (+972)-2-6251478
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