Univ. of Colorado at Boulder gets $2 million endowed chair in Jewish history

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — The University of Colorado at Boulder said it will establish a $2 million endowed chair in Jewish history.

Midge Korczak and Leslie Singer Lomas, sisters and Colorado alumnae, made the gift in honor of their late father, Louis Singer.

The Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History makes Colorado the sixth public university in the United States to establish a chair in Jewish history. A total of 17 American universities have such chairs.

David Shneer, an associate professor of history at the university, said the chair will support a senior faculty position in perpetuity and add “substantially” to the school’s 4-year-old Jewish studies program, which he directs.

Course offerings in the program have tripled since the creation of the program. More than 700 students take Jewish courses each semester.

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