$500, 000 Endowment for Abba Hillel Silver Chair Announced in Cleveland
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$500, 000 Endowment for Abba Hillel Silver Chair Announced in Cleveland

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A half-million dollar endowment to create a Chair of Jewish Studies at Western Reserve University in memory of Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver was announced today by WRU president John S. Millis. Three Cleveland philanthropic foundations each contributed one-third of the fund to establish the Abba Hillel Silver Chair. They are: the Louis D. Beaumont Foundation; the Edith Anisfield Wolf Fund of the Cleveland Foundation; and the Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation.

Speaking for the three contributing Foundations, M. E. Glass, president of the Federation said: “Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver was a historic personality of world fame, but he remained firmly rooted in Cleveland, vastly enriching both the Jewish community and the general community by his magnificent combination of scholarship and leadership. We therefore feel it is fitting to perpetuate his memory through an endowed chair in the University in his home city, to which he was closely allied during his lifetime.”

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