PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] —A new sign on a familiar brick building on campus points to exciting possibilities for the home of the University’s Program in Judaic Studies.
The building at 163 George Street, which dates to 1908, is now known as Hirschfeld House in recognition of a $3.5 million gift made by Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld to support the renovation and ongoing maintenance of the home for Judaic studies at Brown.
“Judaic studies has been at the heart of my nearly 50-year relationship with Brown University,” said Elie Hirschfeld, a trustee emeritus and 1971 graduate who studied math and economics as well as religious studies at Brown. “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.”
"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.”