“Al tifrosh min ha-tzibbur – do not separate yourself from the community.” Pirkei Avot 2:5
Rabbi Hillel’s advocacy of communal engagement expresses the ethos of the Irma L. and Abram S. Croll Center for Jewish Learning and Culture at HUC-JIR/New York, which was established in 2004 by a generous gift of $2.25 million from the Irma L. and Abram S. Croll Charitable Trust and its trustees. By inviting the larger public to participate in its public programs, museum exhibitions, and online learning opportunities,the Croll Center pays tribute to the Crolls’ values and their devotion to Jewish education and the arts.
“By fulfilling Irma L. and Abram S. Croll’s legacy, the Croll Center’s programs and activities provide a dynamic bridge between the seminary and the outside world,” explains Jean Bloch Rosensaft, Director of the Croll Center. “ The public has the opportunity to explore Jewish text, heritage, values, and history amidst the intellectually stimulating atmosphere of the nation’s leading institution of higher Jewish education. As a catalyst for Jewish learning and culture, the Croll Center reinforces HUC-JIR’s mission to be a light unto the Jewish world and all humankind.”