The University of California, Berkeley announced a $10 million endowment gift from the Helen Diller Foundation to help ensure a lasting legacy for its Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies.

In recognition of this gift, the institute will now be known as the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley.

For more than a decade, the institute has created inspiring and meaningful educational opportunities—and as important, a welcoming and positive place for Israel studies, and student and faculty engagement on the Berkeley campus.

The gift kicks off a year of celebration marking the 10-year anniversary of the founding of the institute, an academic hub with campus-wide scope housed at Berkeley Law.

The institute engages students, faculty and the broader community in Israel studies, and Jewish law, thought and identity, and has transformed the landscape for these fields on the campus.

“We are proud of the depth and breadth of academic offerings across the UC Berkeley campus that have been made possible thanks to the support of the Helen Diller Institute, and it’s a pleasure to see the Israel and Jewish Studies academic landscape flourish here, and become a model for programs around the country,” said UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ. “This consequential gift continues a history of pivotal philanthropy by the Diller family, and will help us educate leaders and scholars for generations to come.”


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