Baruch Alumnus and Donor Lawrence Field ('52) Joins Architect Frank Gehry at Groundbreaking for Jerusalem's Center for Human Dignity

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Lawrence N. Field ('52), chairman of NSB Capital Partners and sponsor of Baruch's Field Center for Entrepreneurship and Small Business, as well as other academic initiatives at the College, will join his colleague and friend, the architect Frank Gehry in Jerusalem from April 30 to May 2 for groundbreaking and related ceremonies initiating the Center for Human Dignity and Museum of Tolerance. The project was conceived by Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Gehry, the world's most renowned living architect, was commissioned to design the museum. His other work includes the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and many others.

Field, a leading real estate developer in Southern California and a lifelong supporter of Jewish causes, said, It is gratifying to be a part of what we all hope will be a force for peace and understanding in the heart of a city that is revered by all the peoples of the Middle East and of the world. He added, Having had the good fortune to share a friendship with Frank Gehry for the past 30 years, I know that the center will embody not just his amazing talent but also his great compassion and his sense of optimism.

The 400,000 square-foot, $150 million Center for Human Dignity will include the Museum of Tolerance, a theater complex, an international conference center, a Grand Hall and an education center and library. The new center will use multimedia to present content about the history and need for tolerance in Israel and around the globe.

The project is scheduled for completion in early 2007.