(March 5, 2020 / JNS) The department of Jewish studies at Tulane University in New Orleans received an anonymous $2 million gift that will be used to establish a chair for the Contemporary Jewish Life Endowed Fund, the university announced on Monday.
The money will be put towards the salary and other expenses associated with the chair’s academic work. That designated person will participate in the Stuart and Suzanne Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience, which opens July 1.
“We are honored to be able to endow Tulane’s chair in contemporary Jewish studies,” said the donors, parents of a recent Tulane graduate. “It embodies Jewish and universal values so important to the humanities in shaping and inspiring the future.”
“With Tulane’s interdisciplinary approach to education, it will not only make Tulane a leader in the field, but will also serve as a model for national and international collaboration,” they added.
Michael Cohen, professor and chair of the department at Tulane University, said “this gift allows us to add an internationally recognized scholar to our faculty, whose work will inspire students and spark open discussion about the Jews’ role in the contemporary world. Our strength in the American Jewish experience will make this chair of contemporary Jewry the most impactful of its kind in the nation.”
Brian Edwards, dean of the School of Liberal Arts, where the department of Jewish studies is located, added: “By enhancing scholarship and teaching on the diversity of the American Jewish experience, we are committed to combating anti-Semitism through knowledge—a vision we share with these donors.”
Support Jewish Journalism
with 2020 Vision
One of the most intriguing stories of the sudden Coronavirus crisis is the role of the internet. With individuals forced into home quarantine, most are turning further online for information, education and social interaction.
JNS's influence and readership are growing exponentially, and our positioning sets us apart. Most Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas. JNS is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.
During this crisis, JNS continues working overtime. We are being relied upon to tell the story of this crisis as it affects Israel and the global Jewish community, and explain the extraordinary political developments taking place in parallel.
Our ability to thrive in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters. Monthly donations in particular go a long way in helping us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make during these challenging times. We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you blessings for good health and peace of mind.