update desk

New president of American Friends of Hebrew University is herself a student

Pamela Nadler Emmerich was recently inspired to go back to school to pursue another master’s and a doctorate.

Pamela Nadler Emmerich. Credit: American Friends of Hebrew University.
Pamela Nadler Emmerich. Credit: American Friends of Hebrew University.

“I wish more people appreciated how this university grew from only a glimmer of hope on the horizon in the late 19th century, to its spectacular founding in the early 20th century, to the academic powerhouse it is today,” Pamela Nadler Emmerich, the next president of American Friends of the Hebrew University, told JNS.

Emmerich has served in several AFHU positions before the board elected her as the new leader of the nonprofit, which raises money for and otherwise supports the university. She is also an attorney by trade.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Emmerich earned an undergraduate degree from McGill University, a bachelor of laws at the University of Toronto and an L.L.M. at Columbia University Law School. Going back to school more recently, to pursue a master’s in Hebrew Bible and its interpretation at Jewish Theological Seminary, where she is now pursuing a doctorate, in 2017 has reimpressed the importance of academia upon her.

“This may sound trite, but my re-entry into the world of scholarship and what I have learned over the past few years from my professors has given me a newfound appreciation for those who dedicate their lives to teaching, and for their students,” she told JNS. “It is hard work; the professors at Hebrew University deserve all the support we can give them to finance their research, and their students equally deserve our support to help them finance their education.”

Emmerich told JNS that it will take some time for her to get a lay of the land before formulating goals. But she aims to raise the university’s profile and cultivate new donors while remaining in close contact with existing ones. “I firmly believe that to know the Hebrew University is to love it,” she said.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war. JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you. The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support? Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Topics
Comments
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates