Barbara and Norman Gross Atrium Dedicated at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Barbara and Norman Gross Atrium Dedicated at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Barbara and Norman Gross Atrium was dedicated at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s New York Campus on Monday, June 22, 2015.  The newly constructed, light-filled Gross Atrium provides an elegant welcome and enhanced security for HUC-JIR’s community of students, faculty, and visitors from around the world.

Barbara and Norman Gross have been associated with HUC-JIR for over forty years. Distinguished attorney Norman Gross has served on the Board of Governors for decades, working closely with five of its presidents, and is a Governor Emeritus. He was a key participant in the real estate acquisition, planning, and construction of the New York Campus at One West Fourth Street, which was dedicated in 1979.  He provided significant guidance and assistance with the creation of the Brookdale Center and Croll Center at the Campus.  Barbara Gross is an esteemed member of the HUC-JIR Museum’s Advisory Committee, where she has contributed her expertise in the development of scores of exhibitions.

Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President, said, “The vitality and beauty of the New York campus would not be possible without the devotion, commitment, and generosity of Barbara and Norman Gross, who are true builders, not only of our physical structure, but of our sacred mission of preparing leaders for the Jewish people. Their partnership is indispensable in building a vibrant Jewish future.” 

Barbara Gross added, “We are extremely happy to share this occasion today with our children and grandchildren to demonstrate how precious HUC-JIR is to us, and how important this institution is in ensuring that future generations will be blessed with the opportunity to live fulfilling Jewish lives.”

Norman Gross responded, “It was my great privilege to help secure the New York Campus’s move from West 68th Street to its current Greenwich Village location, adjacent to New York University. It has been a joy to serve with five presidents who have contributed so much to strengthening HUC-JIR and its mission, now in the wonderful hands of our president, Rabbi Panken.”

Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., Chancellor Emeritus, added, “Barbara and Norman Gross’s friendship and love for the College-Institute are a source of inspiration, both personally, and for our beloved institution.”

In addition to the three generations of the Gross family, the dedication ceremony was attended by members of the Board of Governors, members of the Eastern Region Board of Overseers, faculty, students, and friends.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.