Boston Jew Leaves $3,000,000 in Gifts to Institutions
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Boston Jew Leaves $3,000,000 in Gifts to Institutions

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Grants totalling more than $3,000,000 to various philanthropic causes were announced here by the trustees of the estate of Jacob Ziskind, Fall River industrialist and philanthropist, who died in 1950.

A grant of $1,000,000 went to the New England Center Hospital for research purposes at the Jacob Ziskind Research Laboratory, also built with funds contributed by the philanthropist. One-half a million dollars went to Beth Israel Hospital here to finance research fellowships and $100,000 went to Union Hospital in Fall River for the development of a research laboratory.

Brandeis University received the sum of $500,000 as an endowment fund to underwrite the University’s program of attracting topflight scholars for its faculty, while Smith College received $500, 000 to build a dormitory for 65 students. Weizmann Institute received $100,000 for cancer research; Beth El Temple in Fall River received $140,000 to initiate a fund drive; and $235,000 was contributed for the construction of the Lowell Hebrew Community Center.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund