Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, has announced a $3.5 million gift from alumnus Elie Hirschfeld and his wife, Sarah, for the renovation and maintenance of the building that houses the university's Judaic studies program.
A portion of the gift will fund a renovation of the facility that includes improved access, an up-to-date seminar room, and additional office space. The remainder, in the form of a bequest, will establish an endowed fund in support of the building's upkeep. In recognition of the donors, the building, which dates to 1908, will be renamed in their honor.
Hirschfeld ('71) is a trustee emeritus of the university and studied math and economics as well as religion as an undergraduate.
"Elie Hirschfeld's gift, which will come in stages, allows the Judaic studies faculty to envision and then inhabit the kind of home they need to continue their outstanding work," said Maud Mandel, dean of the college and professor of history and Judaic studies. "It also permanently supports a vibrant space for creative reflection, engaged teaching, and research vitality, further bolstering an area of study that reaches back many decades in Brown's history."