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Supporters of the Judaic Studies Program

The Judaic Studies program is grateful for the generosity and support of several individuals and foundations.

The Louis and Bessie Stein Foundation

An initial generous grant from the Foundation to Drexel University in June of 1998 provided funds to start the Judaic Studies program and hire its first director. Grants in subsequent years supported administration and the running of the program, including academic instruction, public programs and collaboration with other University units.

Harry Stern '43, '56

Funds donated by this generous alumnus allowed the program to renovate office facilities and construct a Judaic Studies Seminar Room. In November 2001, the Harry Stern Judaic Studies Seminar Room was dedicated in memory of his wife, Martha Novosellor Stern. The program main office and seminar room are located on the third floor of the W.W. Hagerty Library.

The Estate of Simon Bond

Funds provided by the estate of Simon Bond established the Yiddish Studies Fund of the Judaic Studies program. Its purposes are:
  • To support the development of educational projects which emphasize the continuity of Yiddish culture.
  • To create educational programs based on a knowledge and understanding of the Yiddish language.
  • To promote the training of a new generation of scholars and communal professionals who understand the Yiddish language within its cultural milieu and traditions and who seek ways to transmit this knowledge and appreciation.
  • To cultivate ways of teaching about the world of Yiddish language and culture in Eastern Europe that was destroyed by the Nazis.

The Milton and Miriam Handler Foundation

The Foundation supports new courses and lectures sponsored by the Judaic Studies program.

The Friends of Judaic Studies

This is a group of financial supporters who are committed to the work of the program and take part in its activities. Special events are organized for this group, which was begun in 2002.

The Josephine and Julius Cohen Award in Judaic Studies

Awarded to students each year in the Judaic Studies program who have completed outstanding work, the award was established by a gift from D. Walter Cohen, PhD, Judaic Studies advisory board member, chancellor emeritus of the MCP Hahnemann University and dean emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania Dental School. It is  named for Mr. Cohen's grandparents, immigrants to the United States who demonstrated great love and respect for learning.

Doreen Ray Steg, PhD, and Leo Steg, PhD, Memorial Fund

Upon the death of Doreen Ray Steg, PhD, a Drexel faculty member who initiated the establishment of Drexel’s Judaic Studies program, and her husband, Leo Steg, PhD, the family designated the Judaic Studies program as a recipient of gifts. This fund was then established in their memory by the Judaic Studies program.

Albert Soffa ’44 Memorial Fund

Upon the death of Albert Soffa ‘44, Judaic Studies advisory board member, and trustee emeritus of Drexel University, the family directed gifts toward the Judaic Studies program. The program then established this fund in Mr. Soffa’s memory.