in Houston has announced a gift of more than $4.1 million from the estate of Samuel W. and Goldye Marian Spain in support of its and .
The Program in Jewish Studies in the School of Humanities will receive $3.6 million in support of a faculty chair to be held by a senior faculty member; a postdoctoral fellowship; and a range of outreach programs aimed at exploring the entire field of Jewish studies. In addition, the Shepherd School will receive more than $500,000 in support of faculty and productions as well as a hands-on experience in opera performance and scholarships for students who show interest and talent in music and performance.
Goldye Marian Spain died in 2014, several years after her husband passed away. The bequest to Rice is one of several the Spains included in their will.
"The study of Jewish life and culture provides an opportunity to explore the continuities and diversity of Judaism as it has been lived and practiced for over three millennia all over the world," said Matthias Henze, the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies, professor in religion, and director of the Program in Jewish Studies. "The Spains' gift will support this exploration for many years to come."