Sunday, October 23, 2011

Naming the doors

After visiting the Presidential Residence on Sukkot everyone exited from the garden, down the stairs, and into the back yard of the equally impressive Jerusalem Theater (both were dedicated in 1971).
Many of us sat down and pulled out our picnic lunch.
But first I snapped a picture for Weekend Reflections and Monday Doorways.
More properly called the Jerusalem Center for the Performing Arts, it comprises
  • the 900-seat Sherover Theater
  • the 750-seat Henry Crown Symphonic Hall
  • the 450-seat Rebecca Crown Auditorium
  • the 150-seat Little Theater
The WizeGuide Jerusalem -- Step by Step excellent guidebook tells a funny story about the doors:
"The Crown Wing

In February 1986, the original hall [funded largely by Miles Sherover] acquired three brothers.
The extended family was funded by the Crown family from Chicago, who had actually planned on their donation being used for a soccer stadium.
After haredi circles torpedoed the stadium plans, mayor Teddy Kollek was forced to convince the Crowns to trade the stadium for a theater.
Stadium, theater -- what's the diff?

But that was not all there was to it.
The new donors demanded that their names appear on more than just the check.
On the other hand, the Sherovers were the ones who had financed the main hall.

What to do? Compromise!

An entrance was added to the complex, proclaiming 'The Rebecca Crown Auditorium,' while the sign 'Sherover Theatre' was added above the original entrance."


Theanne and Baron said...

Compromise is a good thing...

I'm learning lots about Israel from you Dina...I appreciate all that you share.

Excellent reflection photo.

Robin said...

Beautiful reflections Dina, great capture.

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Louis la Vache said...

hee hee...
That is an amusing story.

«Louis» appreciates your contribution to Monday Doorways.

Reader Wil said...

Now that was a wise solution almost like a judgement of Solomon!
It must be an enormous building!

Lesley said...

oh the demands of the donor, eh?!
good thing that theatre complex is big enough to include them all!

VP said...

May I at least once agree with the haredi guys? I like much more what happens in theaters than the useless chaos of a stadium. I am not sure they liked the theater...

Birdman said...

Lots of doors today. They lead ahead; they lead back.

JM said...

Great reflection shot on top.