$6.5 MILLION GIFT FROM THE JEWISH FOUNDATION OF CINCINNATI SUPPORTS NEW DEVELOPMENT PLANNED FOR HUC-JIR
CINCINNATI - Plans for significant enhancement of Reform Judaism's center for exemplary
education, research and professional development are underway. Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) has received a $6.5 million gift from The Jewish Foundation
of Cincinnati that will go toward major renovation and expansion of the College-Institute
on Clifton Avenue.
The grant, which was awarded Monday, October 18, follows an initial gift of $5 million from
Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson. This contribution brings the total funding for the $17.15 million
project to nearly $12 million, an achievement of more than two thirds of the plan's goal
within a week of its announcement.
Rabbi David Ellenson, president of HUC-JIR, expressed his gratitude to the Foundation for its
generosity and lasting support, which further mobilizes HUC-JIR's mission. "The Jewish
Foundation of Cincinnati," Ellenson said, " has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to our
institution through this landmark gift that maximizes our College-Institute's potential for
excellence. Its gift creates a research complex of unparalleled magnitude, significantly
enhancing the capacity of HUC-JIR's Cincinnati campus to serve as an international center for
Jewish study, research and teaching." It previous 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 had been given to the AJA for the indexing and cataloguing of the Holocaust documents of the World Jewish Congress.
The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, incorporated on November 27, 1995, has an active record of
generous giving. During its nine years of existence, the Foundation has granted over $33
million in donations to causes in greater Cincinnati and Israel, including Jewish Hospital,
Yavneh Day School, Camp Livingston, the University of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Zoo, Israel
Experience travel grants, and Hadassah Hospital in Israel.
"We are pleased to help create this international research complex on Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Cincinnati campus. We know this gift will enhance
HUC-JIR's services to the Cincinnati religious, educational, cultural, and corporate
communities," stated Gloria S. Haffer, President of The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati. The
construction and development plan in place for HUC-JIR features several additions and
improvements to the campus: the expansion and remodeling of Klau Library, Cincinnati,
transformation of the gymnasium into an auditorium and collections storage facility, renovation
of the administration building and dormitories, expansion of faculty and administrative offices
and an addition to Mayerson Hall that will provide a central welcoming entry point for the
campus. These improvements, according to the administration of the College-Institute, are
consistent with the needs of HUC-JIR, its mission and its strategic plan for progressive
advancement. The project will follow the current addition and expansion of The Jacob Rader
Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives at HUC-JIR, scheduled for dedication in June 2005.