On March 17, 1993, more than 200 friends of Harvard Hillel gathered as ground was officially broken for to make way for architect Moshe Safdie’s magnificent building, The Riesman Center for Harvard Hillel, Rosovsky Hall.
Mr. Safdie's notes indicate that
“The building's centerpiece is a circular courtyard defined by three skylit, vaulted spaces that open onto Plympton Street. The versatile green space, enclosed by load-bearing steel columns, can accommodate a sukkah during festivals. On the building's ground floor is a student lounge, dining hall, and a multi-purpose room. Upper floors feature a library, offices, and multi-purpose rooms for worship and meetings. Clad with brick and pre-cast concrete, the building has a leaded copper roof.”
The building was completed and dedicated on May 1, 1994, after five years of planning, negotiating, designing, and fundraising. Today Rosovsky Hall continues to house a catalyst for Jewish life at the heart of one of the word’s great universities: a vibrant meeting place for Hillel’s many educational events, lectures, and social celebrations; a pluralistic center that includes four distinct congregations; and the home of kosher dining at Harvard.