Washington, D.C., June, 2002 – Jerusalem's most beautiful facility for physical fitness, the Annette and Theodore Lerner Family Indoor Sports Complex, which opened to unprecedented enthusiasm several weeks ago on the Mount Scopus Campus, is to be dedicated at the Board of Governor's meeting in June.
"Our entire family is thrilled that the Sports Complex is officially open for business," said Washington, D.C. area community leader Marla Lerner Tanenbaum. "Our devotion to the Hebrew University, which is the heart of Jerusalem, is shared by the whole family - my husband Robert K. Tanenbaum, my parents, my brother Mark and his wife Judy, my sister Debra Lerner Cohen and her husband Edward, and all our kids." The Lerner Family is headed by Annette and Theodore Lerner, real estate developers who also helped plan and build the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
It was while she was a student at the University's Rothberg International School that Marla was awakened to the need for a recreation center on Mount Scopus, "which is a distance from the center of town. And since many in my family are athletic, when this project materialized it greatly appealed to all of us.
"Many of us now look forward to taking our first lap, while the rest of us look forward to dining and taking in the great view at the Complex's Restaurant, Blue."
The Mount Scopus campus and the surrounding community waited eagerly for the opening of the facility - the first week saw 1,200 members sign up. Everyone using the Complex, whether at the pool, in the gym or at Blue, emphasized how much this facility was needed. The structure's breathtaking design and construction utilize natural materials and colors, and make optimal use of natural lighting, enhancing the sense of well-being to all who enter.