Pluralistic Spiritual Centre Opens in Israel

May 23, 2006

Source: Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam (NSWAS)

On May 23, 2006 Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam (NSWAS) reported, "After years of fund raising, architectural planning and construction, the building was finally ready. Last minute efforts involved the purchase of furniture, carpets for the prayer room, and landscaping, including the planting of two enormous date palms (each weighing one and a half metric tonnes). It is hard to express the excitement when on April 30, the day of the opening event arrived. Here stood the beautiful new building with its graceful facades, airy central courtyard, domed roofs, and simple, aesthetic interiors. It is surely one of the finest examples of modern sacred architecture in our region, and undoubtedly the first on this hilltop since the Byzantines built a church here fifteen hundred years ago. To the opening event were invited representatives of Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam's friends' associations, local people involved in interfaith and dialogue work and all those who had contributed in some way to realizing the new building. In addition, the day marked the decennium of the death of NSWAS founder Bruno Hussar."