JCC Manhattan has announced a $20 million gift from the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Family Foundation.
One of the largest gifts ever to a Jewish community center in the United States is being made in honor of Marlene Meyerson, who died earlier this year. Meyerson had been a generous supporter of the center on Manhattan's Upper West Side for more than twenty years. In recognition of the gift, JCC Manhattan will be named in her memory starting in February 2018, with the naming rights reverting back to the center in thirty years, per the foundation's stipulation, so another donor can step forward at that time.
The foundation also announced that it has commissioned world-renowned neo-conceptual artist Jenny Holzer to collaborate with members of the community to create site-specific art that will be placed throughout the building.
"Nothing meant more to my mother than family, and JCC Manhattan has always served as an integral part of ours," said Meyerson's daughter, Marti, a founder and former board chair of JCC Manhattan. "Marlene loved the JCC — working out in our pool or attending a lecture or picking up one of her three beloved grandchildren from the nursery school. We are thrilled to make this donation in her name in order to continue the JCC's important role in our community."
"We are thrilled to be taking on the name of a very special woman, Marlene Meyerson," said Rabbi Joy Levitt, executive director of JCC Manhattan. "Our spirit of inclusivity and openness resonated deeply with her."
(Photo credit: Laura Wilson, via JCC Manhattan)