Institute Will Focus on Jewish Scholarship and Cultural Heritage

Gordon and Gretchen Gross

The Institute for Jewish Thought, Heritage and Culture, a multidisciplinary research and academic degree–granting center focusing scholarship on the critical role that Judaism has played in the development and communication of Western thought, has been established in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The institute already is attracting major philanthropic support, with a $1 million gift from prominent Buffalo attorney Gordon R. Gross, LLB ’55, and his wife, Gretchen, to establish the institute’s first endowed professorship.

“We are passionate about the Institute for Jewish Thought, Heritage and Culture, believing it will invigorate the Jewish community in Western New York, as well as allow UB to create a world-renowned Jewish studies program,” Gross, a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees, told guests at an April 16 press conference.

The institute is expected to become a degree-granting program by fall 2009 and plans to inaugurate master’s and doctoral programs in Jewish studies by 2010.