The has announced gifts totaling $2.5 million from the Braman and Miller families to UM Hillel.
The gifts will support a major renovation of the university's Jewish student center, which will be renamed the Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life. The renovated space, scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015, will provide students with a state-of-the-art facility featuring a rooftop lounge with a balcony, a cafe serving Kosher food, a renovated chapel and worship spaces, new offices, and a multipurpose event room.
"The Hillel at the University of Miami not only represents the center of Jewish life on the UM campus, but it is also an important source of pride and connection between the entire Jewish community and the university," said Jacob Solomon, president and CEO of the .
Members of both the Miller and Braman families have served on the university's board of trustees. "Our families are proud that the Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life will be the center of Jewish life on campus at the University of Miami for many years to come," said UM capital campaign co-chairs Debra Braman Wechsler and Jeffrey Miller. "UM Hillel is extremely important to us, as we have deep roots in the community and in the university."