In recognition of a $3.5 million gift made by Elie Hirschfeld and his wife Sarah, in support the renovation and ongoing maintenance of Brown University’s Judaic Studies Building, the University has renamed the building the Hirschfeld House.
The structure is a focal point for Jewish life and learning at Brown, and the renovations to the historic 108-year-old building will significantly improve the academic facilities for Judaic studies faculty, scholars and students and help ensure the long-term vitality of the program.
“Judaic studies has been at the heart of my nearly 50-year relationship with Brown University,” said Elie Hirschfeld. “It is my hope that our gift will allow many future classes of students to have the same deeply enriching experience that I did with Judaic studies at Brown.”
The Judaic Studies Program at Brown University is dedicated to the study of Jewish history, literature, language, politics and religions.
Elie Hirschfeld graduated from Brown University with a double major in Math and Economics and a minor in Religious Studies. A trustee emeritus at Brown, Hirschfeld also sponsors a visiting professor fellowship at the University. He is President of Hirschfeld Properties, owner and developer of properties worth several billion dollars in New York City.
Maud S. Mandel, Ph.D., Dean of the College and professor of history and Judaic studies, said, “We are profoundly grateful to Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld for their generous support and ongoing commitment to the future of Brown University and our Judaic Studies Program.
“The newly named “Hirschfeld House” will serve as a welcoming beacon of Jewish scholarship for generations to come.”