Yeshiva University in New York City has announced an $18 million gift from the Toronto-based Azrieli Foundation in support of innovative undergraduate and graduate education based on foundational Jewish values.
The gift will provide continued support for the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration and strengthen the university's undergraduate scholarship programs. Established in 1983 by Canadian businessman David J. Azrieli, the school has educated more than eight hundred students from around the world. The announcement was made during the university's ninety-fifth annual Hanukkah dinner and convocation, during which the Azireli family was presented with the Legacy Award in recognition of its three decades of philanthropy in support of the university.
"We are honored to receive this recognition, which would have meant so much to my father," said Azrieli. "He held a deep belief, which we share, in the redemptive power of education. He also felt that his support of education wasn't charity, as it was giving back what education had given to him."
"This historic gift to Jewish education and Jewish educators is transformative for the future of our communities," said Yeshiva University president Ari Berman. "The Azrieli family is the gold seal in philanthropy, and this gift reflects their true partnership and commitment to the essential work of Yeshiva University."