Brown University Renames Judaic Studies Building “Hirschfeld House” After Gift

Brown University, a NEC member, renamed its Judaic studies building the “Hirschfeld House” after receiving a $3.5 million gift from Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld to renovate and maintain the facility, which is located on the University’s Providence, RI, campus.

Elie Hirchfeld, a 1971 graduate of Brown University, gave the gift in order to help support the Judaic studies program to maintain the Judaic studies experience for future generations of students. A portion of the gift will go towards the renovation of the building, which will include an improved seminar room and space for more faculty. The remainder of the gift will go into a fund to support the ongoing maintenance of the building.

“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.”

The New England Council congratulates Brown University on the gift from the Hirchfelds and for maintaining and renovating the Judaic studies building. Read more in the press release and in the Providence Business News.

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