Brown University’s Judaic Studies Building Named after Elie Hirschfeld

Elie Hirschfeld Elie Hirschfeld being interviewed on TV.In recognition of a $3.5 million gift made by Elie Hirschfeld and his wife Sarah, in support the renovation and ongoing maintenance of Brown University’s Judaic Studies Building, the University has renamed the building the Hirschfeld House.

The structure is a focal point for Jewish life and learning at Brown, and the renovations to the historic 108-year-old building will significantly improve the academic facilities for Judaic studies faculty, scholars and students and help ensure the long-term vitality of the program.

“Judaic studies has been at the heart of my nearly 50-year relationship with Brown University,” said Elie Hirschfeld. “It is my hope that our gift will allow many future classes of students to have the same deeply enriching experience that I did with Judaic studies at Brown.”

The Judaic Studies Program at Brown University is dedicated to the study of Jewish history, literature, language, politics and religions.

Elie Hirschfeld graduated from Brown University with a double major in Math and Economics and a minor in Religious Studies. A trustee emeritus at Brown, Hirschfeld also sponsors a visiting professor fellowship at the University. He is President of Hirschfeld Properties, owner and developer of properties worth several billion dollars in New York City.

Maud S. Mandel, Ph.D., Dean of the College and professor of history and Judaic studies, said, “We are profoundly grateful to Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld for their generous support and ongoing commitment to the future of Brown University and our Judaic Studies Program.

“The newly named “Hirschfeld House” will serve as a welcoming beacon of Jewish scholarship for generations to come.”


Brown University Alumnus Elie Hirschfeld Donates $1 Million

Elie Hirschfeld Elie Hirschfeld being interviewed on TV.NEW YORK, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Elie Hirschfeld, president of Hirschfeld Properties, a leading New York Real Estate Development Firm, announced today that he will donate an additional $125,000 to Brown University, making his total gift to his Alma Mater $1 million. A 1971 graduate of Brown University with Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude honors in Math & Economics, Hirschfeld is a Trustee Emeritus of the University. At Brown, Elie was elected President of his Class in his senior year. He served as President of Brown Hillel in his sophomore year. After graduating, Elie was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Brown in 1992 and served as a Trustee until 2001."Supporting Brown since I graduated is an honor. The university instilled important values and is a wonderful institution that I am blessed and proud to support," said Elie Hirschfeld. Elie's donations have made a substantial impact at Brown. Elie established and funded the Elie Hirschfeld Presidential Fellowship in Comparative Studies. This Presidential Fellowship has brought to Brown distinguished Professors from other institutions such as Harvard University to teach about the interrelationship of religion and other fields.

Elie received additional Brown Honors, including: the Young Leadership Award in 1986, the Alumni Service Award in 1989 and the distinguished Nan Tracy Award for service in 2008.

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About Elie Hirschfeld President and CEO of Hirschfeld Properties since 1997, has dedicated his professional life to real estate development planning and implementation. Since joining the company in 1976, Mr. Hirschfeld's projects have included the development of prominent New York City properties such as the Grand Sutton, the Hotel Pennsylvania, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and Park Avenue Court. Mr. Hirschfeld is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the company and leading all aspects of development including new project analysis, lease marketing and negotiation, legal strategies, and architectural and construction management. Elie Hirschfeld directed Hirschfeld Properties, LLC into partnerships with other distinguished real estate development firms such as the Zeckendorf Organization, the Donald Trump Organization, The Silverstein Organization, Empire Realty Group, Belz Enterprises of Memphis and the shopping mall development group, The Mel Simon Organization.

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