The disaster at Mount Meron took the lives of 45 people and injured over 150 others who had come to the place believed to be the gravesite of the Jewish sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.
Libeskind, the son of Holocaust survivor parents, was selected unanimously by Tree of Life’s board of trustees. He is also the son of Holocaust survivors.
Scott Klein, a first lieutenant who helps lead the Jewish religious community on the base, said the Torah installation signified more than the renovation of the base synagogue.
Investigators believe a single culprit was responsible for damaging the synagogues that are in close proximity.
In 2000, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, or CCAR, suspended Zimmerman following what it vaguely described at the time as “personal relationships” that violated ethical codes.
Until now, Orthodox synagogues in Israel have only appointed women to serve in positions of spiritual leadership alongside male rabbis, never by themselves.
According to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, police have a solid lead, writing on Twitter that the NYPD will take "swift action" against this "vile act of antisemitism."
According to security footage reviewed by the Community Security Service, a volunteer synagogue security group, the suspect also vandalized two of the synagogues earlier in the week.
The former synagogue is in poor condition, requiring millions of dollars to be renovated.
The grants will be awarded to congregations who create innovative programs or services to encourage a return to congregants.