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Israel Heritage Classroom, University of Pittsburgh

Client: University of Pittsburgh
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Type: Renovation
The Israeli Heritage Room resides on the third floor of the Cathedral of Learning, a tribute to history and unity. After a prolonged pause in the Nationality Rooms project, it was conceived over two decades, becoming the first room on the third floor and under the guidance of Director E. Maxine Bruhns. Dedicated in 1987, it symbolizes the University of Pittsburgh’s continued dedication to embracing cultural diversity.

The Israel Heritage Room depicts a first century stone dwelling to highlight both the shared rabbinic heritage of all Jews and to emphasize the tradition of learning and study common to “the People of the Book”. As visitors step into the room, they are greeted by a collection of history and artistry. The elegant simplicity of a First-century Galilean stone dwelling or house of assembly inspired the design of this room. Stone benches provide the seating and the oak entrance door panels are carved with the Ten Commandments in Hebrew.The wall decorations and display case offer visitors a voyage throughout history. These artifacts paint a vivid picture of a bygone era, invoking a sense of connection to the past that is both awe-inspiring and humbling.


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