Collaboration of Jewish Center and LDS Institute Builds Friendship

From May through August 2011, there could be found at the Tucson Arizona LDS Institute of Religion an interesting mix of people. For those four months, students and staff of the University of Arizona’s Hillel Foundation Jewish Student Center utilized empty offices and space at the institute while their facility underwent extensive renovation.

On Sunday, December 11, 2011, more than 200 students, community leaders, donors, and administrative leaders gathered at the new facility for a dedication service.

Michelle Blumenberg, executive director of the Hillel Foundation on the university campus, thanked institute director Norman W. Gardner during the ceremony: “During the time of our renovation, we had to find another place to work,” she explained. “Our neighbors at the Tucson Institute of Religion graciously opened their doors to us and gave us shelter during the summer. Not only that, they provided us and our contractor with parking spaces, which we know is almost more valuable than gold on campus.”

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