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Gift to provide for Israel Studies center

Posted by Ralph Ranalli June 19, 2007 09:20 AM

WALTHAM

A $15 million gift from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation will establish an academic center at Brandeis University that focuses on the culture, history, language and society of Israel.

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies aims to fill a gap in scholarship about the country beyond its role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to a Brandeis press release.

The center will train graduate level students as well as offering learning and teaching opportunities to faculty at other universities.

The donation represents the largest single gift ever bestowed by the foundation and one of the largest ever received by Brandeis.

The non-sectarian, Jewish-sponsored university hopes the Schusterman Family Foundation's donation will be the seed of a $30 million endowment by 2015.

- Stephanie V. Siek

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