Diller Foundation awards $10 million for Jewish Law, Israel Studies

Diller Foundation awards $10 million for Jewish Law, Israel Studies

The University of California, Berkeley has announced a $10 million endowment gift from the Helen Diller Foundation in support of its Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies.

Launched in 2011 with seed funding from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, with additional support from the Koret Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Israel Institute, and others, the institute has sponsored eighty-five unique courses across a dozen departments at the university and currently supports an undergraduate cohort of more than twenty students per semester. The Diller Foundation’s gift will help ensure that the institute is well positioned to grow and foster excellence in providing meaningful educational opportunities and a welcoming, positive place for Israel studies and student and faculty engagement. In recognition of the gift, the institute will be renamed the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley.

Previous support for UC Berkeley from Helen and Sanford Diller and their family includes endowment gifts totaling $5 million in 2002 for the Center for Jewish Studies, faculty research funds, and graduate student fellowship and research funds, and a $5 million gift in 2019 to establish and name the Helen Diller Family Chair in Israel Studies.

"The generosity of the Helen Diller Foundation allows us to institutionalize our focus on supporting and mentoring students and expanding programs and initiatives that deepen scholarly inquiry and discourse across the UC Berkeley campus for the long term," said Ken Bamberger, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Professor of Law and faculty director of the Helen Diller Institute.

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"$10 million gift from Helen Diller Foundation marks new name for Berkeley institute at 10 years." University of California, Berkeley press release 02/09/2021.