Hebrew U. breaks ground on humanities school funded by Mandel grant


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Hebrew University in Jerusalem broke ground on a humanities school building being constructed with a $20.5 million grant from the Mandel Foundation.

Morton Mandel and his wife, Barbara, donned yellow hats Monday to break ground on the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the university.

In March, the Mandel Foundation approved an $18 million grant for the building and a $2.5 million grant for programs to strengthen teaching of the humanities. 

The 43,000-square-foot building will be constructed in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) system. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2014, according to the Cleveland Jewish News.

The Mandel Foundation has funded several projects in Israel. It also provided a $22.5 million gift to establish the Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis University, which was inaugurated in October 2010.

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