has announced a $15 million gift from to update, enhance, and beautify its Jerusalem campus.
As part of the improvements to the renamed Taube Family Campus, the grant will cover the costs of a new campus entrance, a new piazza that will host worship services, cultural events, and religious celebrations, and updates to the interior of the school's original campus building.
In addition, the college will collaborate with Taube Philanthropies' senior staff to foster increased interaction with members of the HUC-JIR community, with a special emphasis on the Jewish community in Poland, from which Tad Taube fled in 1931. The joint efforts will include lectures, travel, and site visits designed to enrich faculty teaching and student learning and foster a strong connection with Jewish history and Jewish peoplehood.
"Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is doing groundbreaking work in training the next generation of Reform rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit leaders for Israel and the Jewish people as a whole," said Taube. "Its Jerusalem campus, Jewish professional leadership development, brilliant faculty, and ambitious students deserve a beautiful, modern campus that matches the institution’s lofty goals. We are honored to be a part of this community as it achieves new heights in Jewish and rabbinical education."