Rosh Hashanah services will be moved from Irvine Auditorium to Zellerbach Theatre while crews repair Irvine's damaged ceiling. Francine Walker, director of student activities and student life facilities, said that the University's office of Fire and Occupational Safety inspected Irvine's ceiling last week and discovered that some tiles were damaged. The University has hired contractors, who started repairing the ceiling Sunday. The scaffolding and the danger of falling tiles convinced officials to move the religious services Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to Zellerbach Theatre, in the Annenberg Center. Hillel Foundation Director Jeremy Brochin called the relocation "a logistical nightmare," explaining that he expects up to 1000 people for the Thursday morning services, and 500 worshippers for the night before. Zellerbach has capacity for only 911 people, according to Stephen Goff, Managing Director of Annenberg Center. Services will also be held in the Hillel Building and at the University Museum. Walker said the Office of Student Life will provide staff and students to redirect worshippers from Irvine to Zellerbach. Athough the religious services will be relocated, the contractors have agreed to finish work on Irvine in time for the Dalai Lama's speech for Saturday night. Robin Greenberg, a press officer for the Dalai Lama, said that she has not been notified of any changes in the Dalai Lama's Irvine speech.Comments powered by Disqus
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