Robert and Yadelle Sklare Family Library

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Robert and Yadelle Sklare Family Library

Architect: Arch. Gabi Schwartz, Schwartz Besnosoff Architects
The building was officially opened on October 10, 2010.

The building was constructed with the generous support of:
The Robert and Yadelle Sklare Family;
The Rashi Foundation;
The Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee;
The Ministry of Education – the Council for Higher Education;
The Jordan Valley Regional Council.

The late Robert Neal Sklare (29.10.1931-10.10.2009), Yadelle’s husband, and father of Tammy (Jack) Faintuch, Janis Sklare and Ronald (Leah) Sklare, grandfather of Laura, Alana, Zachary, Jordan, Molly, Brett, Carson, and Logan, lived in Chicago. He was an industrialist, an entrepreneur, an accomplished philanthropist, a lover of Israel and a friend of the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee.

The contribution of the Sklare family to the establishment of the academic library is a double and unique contribution to the college and the region. This is a beautiful library building, both in terms of its outward appearances and its interior character.

About the Building

Arch. Gabi Schwartz: “The most significant resource of the college, besides the wonderful community of the personnel and managers, lecturers and students, is its extraordinary position on the banks of the Sea of Galilee, opposite the Golan Heights. This attribute constituted a central component of the planning of the last 2 projects which we completed on the campus: the Robert and Yadelle Sklare Family Library and the Achi Racov School of Engineering.
The starting point for the planning of the project was the approach of sustainable architecture, the principles of which are: dialogue between the environment, community and finances. These principles were applied in these projects.”

In the academic library, the informal study domain comprises a public space, which serves the groups who use the campus throughout the day. This is the case when people come to use the services of the academic library, or when they have free time and they come to the library to look at magazines or get internet updates, or just to charge their cell phones or laptop computers.

The library has a children’s section and, as such, plays a major role in connecting the college with the local community. The informal study domain faces the exceptional view of the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights, and serves as a stage for different scenarios and for events, conferences, or hosting television programs (Trinny and Susannah…). The library bustles with life all through the day, and is a focal point for local academic, social and community life.

In 2011 the Robert and Yadelle Sklare Family Library building won the year’s Design Award. The project was supervised by the Rashi Foundation.

Building Designation

The academic library is a place that blends the intellectual with the social, the academic and the community. The ambiance in the library is one of study in a social environment, with content and information services provided by a professional and skilled staff. The building is inviting and accommodates a wide range of forms of study and encounter, while taking into account the various needs of the community readers that includes the college students, the lecturers and the residents of the Jordan Valley.

The Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee wishes to express its deep gratitude to Mr. Eli Alalouf, the director general of the Rashi Foundation.