creation of a research corridor by transforming
the current Administration Building into a
Center for Teaching and Research, connecting
physically the Klau Library and The Jacob Rader
Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives;
renovation and refurbishment of the Klau
Library to meet its critical needs for space,
technology, and programs and to increase its
capacity to serve the public, a rare activity
among university research libraries;
integration of the new Edwin A. Malloy
Education Building of the Marcus Center of the
American Jewish Archives into its overall design;
conversion of the Sisterhood Dormitory into
national and campus administrative offices as
well as modern, residential suites for graduate
students and visiting scholars;
construction of a new Cincinnati Campus
Visitors Center by extending Mayerson Hall and
the expansion of facilities for Mayerson Hall’s
programs and the functions of HUC-JIR’s Board
of Governors, admissions, and recruitment
officers; and
creation of a conference-learning center by
transforming the gymnasium into a facility housing
a 400-seat auditorium and seminar rooms.
Manuel D. Mayerson, a member of the Board of
Governors and an honorary alumnus of HUC-JIR,
and his wife, Rhoda, are generous benefactors
of the College-Institute and were major donors
to Mayerson Hall, which houses HUC-JIR’s
Skirball Museum Cincinnati, the Center for
Holocaust and Humanity Education, the HUC-UC
Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary
Moral Problems, the Archaeology Center, and a
broad array of community outreach, adult
learning, and student programs.
Manny and Rhoda’s openhearted generosity sustain
every aspect of our institution,” noted Burton Lehman,
Chair of the Board of Governors. “From Mayerson Hall
to student scholarships, their unstinting support has
made possible so many meaningful initiatives, including
the Mayerson Field Work Program, which strengthens our
students’ internships and mentorships, and the
advancement of technology and distance education,
which represents the new frontier in our recruitment,
learning, and outreach. Truly, their heart is all over this
Cincinnati campus, and it is so deeply felt and
appreciated by all of us. We see it every day as it is
reflected in their love for our faculty who teach here and
our students who learn here.”
In reflecting on his catalytic gift, Mayerson said “Thank you
for the opportunity to make the Cincinnati campus of
HUC-JIR the most important Jewish institution in the world.”
The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati’s landmark gift
for the Master Plan further cultivates the close bond
it shares with HUC-JIR as a generous supporter of
HUC-JIR’s programs, services, and mission. It previously
donated $1.5 million for The Jewish Foundation of
Cincinnati’s International Learning Center, located in the
Edwin A. Malloy Education Building. This facility expands
HUC-JIR’s Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American
Jewish Archives (AJA), one of the world’s premier centers
of preservation, publication, and scholarship in the
study of the American Jewish experience. In addition,
$150,000 has been given by the Jewish Foundation
to the AJA for the indexing and cataloguing of the
Holocaust documents of the World Jewish Congress.
Gloria S. Haffer, President of the Foundation, noted,
We are pleased to help create this international research
complex on HUC-JIR’s Cincinnati campus. We know this gift
will enhance HUC-JIR’s services to the Cincinnati religious,
educational, cultural and corporate communities.”
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At the press conference announcing landmark gifts from Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson and the Jewish
Foundation of Cincinnati: (from left) Connie Hinitz, Robert Kanter, Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson, Rabbi
Ellenson, Gloria Haffer, Benjamin Gettler, and Rabbi Kenneth Ehrlich.
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