About the project
The John Rubens Center is a major sports facility located next to and operated by the Israel Sieff & Simon Marks School & Community Center. The center consists of the John B. Rubens Multi-Purpose Sports Hall and the Vi Rubens Sportields. The $2.5 million hall for sports, performances and neighborhood activities features a full-size basketball court with viewing stands that collapse to allow the main hall to be divided in half for gymnastics, volleyball, martial arts and other sports events. It was completed in 1993. The $1 million outdoor sports facility includes basketball and tennis courts, an Olympic caliber Rekortan running track and an artificial turf soccer field that was the first of its kind in Israel. The project, which was completed in 2002, was named for Violet Rubens, an Olympic medalist in track and field.