C of I Judaic Studies endowment fund tops $1 million

The College of Idaho has received $250,000 from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation in support of the College’s effort to create an endowed chair in Judaic Studies. The gift continues the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation’s long-standing support of the College’s mission of preparing students who thrive and also boosts the school’s effort to create the first endowed Judaic Studies chair in the Intermountain West.

“We are ever grateful for the continued support of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “Our priority is to make sure our students have access to the finest education possible, and creating this endowed chair will open many new avenues for learning and culture.”

With this gift, C of I has raised $1,052,886 toward the Chair in Judaic Studies endowment goal of $2.3 million. Last December, the College received a $500,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the chair. The recent gift by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is eligible for an NEH match.

The endowed chair in Judaic Studies is the dream of C of I history professor Howard Berger, a 28-year veteran of the College. The goal of the chair is to promote greater understanding of Jewish traditions, culture and philosophy in Idaho and the West. Berger teaches Jewish history courses, hosts an annual Passover Seder and involves the campus in other Jewish traditions throughout the school year. In his honor the College has established the Howard Berger Lecture Series, which brings Jewish dignitaries and public figures to campus to speak about contemporary Jewish issues.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit http://www.collegeofidaho.edu.

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