PROVIDENCE, R.I., Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of a $3.5 million gift made by Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld to support the renovation and ongoing maintenance of Brown University's Judaic Studies Building, the University has renamed the building the "Hirschfeld House."
As a focal point for Jewish life and learning at Brown, the renovations to the historic 108-year-old building will significantly improve the academic facilities for Judaic studies faculty, scholars and students and help ensure the long-term vitality of the program.
"Judaic studies has been at the heart of my nearly 50-year relationship with Brown University," said Mr. Hirschfeld. "It is my hope that our gift will allow many future classes of students to have the same deeply enriching experience that I did with Judaic studies at Brown."
Offering an interdisciplinary academic experience, the Judaic Studies Program at Brown University is dedicated to the study of Jewish history, literature, language, politics and religions. Its major areas of focus include the interactions of Jews and non-Jews in both ancient and modern periods; the history and culture of the State of Israel and its place in the Middle East; and the modern Jewish experience. The program allows students the opportunity to explore Jewish culture and civilization across the ages and provides new insights on the world in which we live.
"We are profoundly grateful to Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld for their generous support and ongoing commitment to the future of Brown University and our Judaic Studies Program," said Maud S. Mandel, Ph.D., Dean of the College and professor of history and Judaic studies. "The newly named 'Hirschfeld House' will serve as a welcoming beacon of Jewish scholarship for generations to come."
Elie Hirschfeld graduated from Brown University in 1971 with a double major in Math and Economics and a minor in Religious Studies. A trustee emeritus at Brown, Mr. Hirschfeld also sponsors a visiting professor fellowship at the University. He is President of Hirschfeld Properties, owner and developer of properties worth several billion dollars in New York City.
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