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Philanthropist Arthur Gutterman creates new Hebrew U endowment

New endowment will be used to fund graduate-student fellowship at Hebrew University medical labs.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem president, professor Asher Cohen (right), celebrated the contributions of Arthur Gutterman during the Wall of Life Ceremony at the 87th Board of Governors meeting in Jerusalem. Photo by Maxim Dinshtein
Hebrew University of Jerusalem president, professor Asher Cohen (right), celebrated the contributions of Arthur Gutterman during the Wall of Life Ceremony at the 87th Board of Governors meeting in Jerusalem. Photo by Maxim Dinshtein

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) today announced that humanitarian, philanthropist and businessman Arthur Gutterman has established the Arthur Gutterman Endowment Fund in support of fellowships. Gutterman is the chairman of Jelmar, LLC, a Chicago-based household cleaning products manufacturer.

His new contributions will fund graduate-student fellowships in Hebrew University labs. Professor Eran Meshorer conducts stem cell and epigenetic research at the Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, and the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences. Professor Francesca Levi-Schaffer focuses on immunopharmacology at the Hebrew University Institute for Drug Research, School of Pharmacy.

A longtime supporter of Hebrew University and the American Friends of the Hebrew University for over 20 years, Gutterman established the Hebrew University Emalie Gutterman Endowed Fund for Medical Research in memory of his wife, and the Arthur Gutterman Family Chair in Stem Cell Biology Endowment Fund. He also serves on the Hebrew University’s board of governors, executive committee, AFHU’s national board and national campaign committee, and the Southeast Region’s advisory committee.

Gutterman was inscribed on the Hebrew University’s Wall of Benefactors in 2013 and last year received a prestigious honorary doctorate degree from the university during the 86th board of governors meeting in Jerusalem. 

During a ceremony in which his decades of Hebrew University contributions were commemorated in the Wall of Endowed Chairs and Lectureships, a certificate was read, “In tribute to his unwavering dedication to Hebrew University and his profound impact on medical research and education. With acknowledgment of his philanthropy and business acumen and the establishment of vital endowments and fellowships. In recognition of his commitment to combating antisemitism and playing a pivotal role in Holocaust education. And in gratitude for his enduring support of Hebrew University, his honors and accolades reflect his tireless efforts in shaping a brighter future for generations to come.”

Acknowledging the award, Gutterman said, “I am pleased to be able to help advance medical science supporting the great research work at Hebrew University through my involvement with AFHU over many years. This renowned group of scholars and diverse group of scholars and talented individuals have greatly expanded my knowledge over many years.”

A longtime resident of Boca Raton, Fla., Gutterman has generously supported the Arthur and Emalie Gutterman Family Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), which serves educators from kindergarten through grade 12 and recognizes their achievements through FAU’s Gutterman Family Exemplary Holocaust Educators Award.

Gutterman received his bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

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About the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel's premier academic and research institution. Serving over 25,000 students from 90 countries, the University produces nearly 40% of Israel’s civilian scientific research and has received over 11,000 patents. Faculty and alumni of Hebrew University have won eight Nobel Prizes, two Turing Awards, and a Fields Medal. For more information about Hebrew University, visit http://new.huji.ac.il/en. 
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