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The Humanities Faculty at Hebrew University in Jerusalem will be completely
redesigned after receiving a $60 million long-term grant from the Mandel
Foundation, the university announced this week.
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The grant includes $18
million for a new building on campus to house the graduate program as well as a
$2.5 million renewable endowment awarded every year for at least 15
The grant will allow the university to design a graduate program
based on models in the United States, where graduate students receive
scholarships so they can study fulltime rather than juggling classes and a
There are currently 3,701 students in the Humanities Faculty at
Hebrew University, which includes history, languages, archeology, philosophy,
art, music, and other liberal arts subjects. Nearly a fifth of the humanities
students are studying for their doctorates.
Hebrew University president
Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson told The Jerusalem Post that the university did not
plan on enlarging the program as a result of the grant, but would concentrate
the funds on scholarships for students and endowing chairs for
The new building is currently in the approvals process and is
expected to be finished in 2014. Though the exact location is still under
discussion, it will most likely be located in the eastern part of the campus
near the Rabin Building.
“Perhaps more than any other discipline, the
humanities stress creativity, critical thinking, and honest deliberation,” said
He added that the total grant from the Mandel Foundation,
which is around $60 million, is one of the largest single gifts the university
has ever received.
The grant will help send a message to the Israeli
public about the importance of humanities, he said.
around the world are often not as well funded as business or engineering
programs, which tend to have more affluent graduates.
Foundation has donated significant amounts of money to other humanities
faculties, including a $22.5 million grant to establish the Mandel Center for
the Humanities at Brandeis University, which was inaugurated in October, 2010.
They also donated the money for the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at
Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
“Our investment in the
humanities at The Hebrew University is an investment in the future of Israel and
her people,” Morton Mandel, chairman and CEO of the Mandel Foundation, said in a
“The humanities classroom is where ancient meets modern,
history touches modernity, and new ideas and ways of thinking are
The Mandel Family has a variety of funds dedicated to
philanthropic causes, including the Mandel Leadership Institute in
Cleveland, OH natives Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel made
their fortune by starting Premier Industrial Corporation in 1940, which started
as an auto maintenance store and eventually grew into a multimillion dollar
enterprise for maintenance and electronic parts. In 1996, the company was
acquired by an English electronics company for nearly $3 billion.