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PAGE 14 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 14, 20~ Ground Zero OFFICE OUTI. ET Continued from page 1 Central Florida's Largest Selection of Office Furniture 70,000 square ft. showroom 2300 South Orange Avenue 407-316-0101 "Before Your Final Decision" Formerly Macy's Between Kaley and Michigan cludes a memorial at the origi- nal foundation of the World Trade Center, where some 2,800 people were killed. Relatives of some victims already have said they ap- preciate the fact that Libeskind did not want to build over the pit. Libeskind was born in Po- land in 1946 to two Holo- caust survivors. He became an American citizen in 1965, and studied music in Israel and New York. 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Libeskind and his wife, Nina, moved to Berlin with their three children in 1989, after Libeskind won the competition to design the city's Jewish Museum. It was his first contract, but his first completed build- ing was the Felix Nussbaum Haus, a museum that opened in Osnabr ck, Germany, in July 1998. His Imperial War Museum in North Manches- ter, England, opened in July 2002. He has a number of other works in progress, includ- ing the Jewish Museum in 2001, but the event was post- poned two days because of the tragic events in the United States. "When the attacks hap- pened, I felt personally at- tacked," Libeskind said in a telephone interview from his Berlin office. "My brother- in-law worked for 30 years in that tower. He had just retired," and so escaped the fate of thousands of others. Working on the Berlin museum "prepared me to compete for the project in New York," Libeskind said. "I believe the memory of what happened" in New York "is an eternal part of the place and has to be seriously addressed. And it is so im- portant to also have some- thing that soars." Libeskind said it was essential that people feel comfortable go- ing to work again at the site. "It should not be just a symbolic entity. It should would cost some $330 rail- lion to build his design. Con- struction reportedly would be funded partly by insur ance payments for the de- stroyed buildings. The plan may go through changes before it is realized, Libeskind said. "I think every design evolves, if it is good, and this one will also," he said. Libeskind's museum has changed Berlin: One of Germany's most visited in- stitutions, its exhibits on nearly 2,000 years of Ger- man Jewish life are expect" ing their i millionth visitor, according to Eva Soederman, press spokeS" person for the Jewish Mu" seum. School classes provide a large number of the visitorS, and students come away with an understanding that JeWS are not merely Holocaust victims but a people with a Another view of the architect's rendering. San Francisco and the Maurice Wohl Auditorium at Bar-Ilan University near Tel Aviv. The Jewish Museum, the work for which he is most famous, was completed in 1999.its unique design drew hundreds of thousands of visitors even while the build- ing was still empty. The museum was to open to the public on Sept. 11, affirm that people work ev- ery day at a height that is safe," he said. Site developer Larry Silverstein reportedly wanted more office space in the design proposals. But "it's not realistic that anyone would want to work at that height or that any investor would build it," Libeskind said. Sohe cre- ated a place thaLtransforms itself with gardens, an ob- servatory and a restaurant as it rises to 1,776 feet, sym- bolizing the year of Ameri- can independence. rich history, tradition and faith. Berlin also changed the Libeskind family- in particu" lar, his daughter Rachel, who became a bat mitzvah here one day before the gala open" ing of her father's building, Speaking to the Oranienburgerstrasse con" gregation that morning, Rachel said the history around every corner in Bet- lin had affected her self" awareness as a Jew. "I am the most religioUS member of the family, she said. The main tower would be"That still is true," her fa: the world's tallest building, ther said with a laugh.' AOd Several smaller structures she will bring that to Ne~. would surround it, with the York, a city that has a vital original four-and-a-half- and deeply rooted JewiSh acre World Trade Center ' community. That is one of foundation as a focal point, the reasons I am happy we Libeskind has said it are going there." CLJ Continued from page 1 Please plan to join thiswarm and spiritually uplifting Women's Seder on April 3/1 Nissan at 6:30 p.m. at CLJ, Congregation of Liberal Juda- ism, 928 Malone Drive, Or- lando. Tickets are $ I0 and must be purchased in advance by March 26. Contact Naomi Adsit for ticket information at 407- 645-0444. Please note that there will be NO Rosh Hodesh group as previously scheduled for Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at Jewish Family Services George Wolly Center. Copies of CCAR's The Open Door- A Passover Haggadah have been reserved. The Door includes traditional anO innovative blessings, extensiVe commentaries and supple" mental readings, Miriams Cup, and women's voiceS, more than 40 pages of tradi" tional and newly commiS: sioned music and magnificem full color art. The cost is $19.4 and can be purchased aloe~ with tickets before March gr. For further information re" garding the community wide Women's Seder please con,at! Cathy Swerdlow at or Jacqueline Rawiszer