Giving to the Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel
The Serling Institute offers several opportunities for contributions and welcomes discussion on creating new endowments. Our current priorities are to raise funds for student scholarships, internships for students to study in Israel, support for faculty positions and their research, as well as general support for the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel.
You are welcome to support any existing endowment, which are listed below.
For more information about giving to our Institute, please contact Christine Radtke, Sr. Director of Development, firstname.lastname@example.org; 517.353.4725.
David Hersh Scholarship for Jewish Studies
This endowment provides scholarships to students who are pursuing a minor in Jewish Studies.
Farber Family Endowed Chair in Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History
The Audrey and William Farber Family Endowed Chair in Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History was established in 2015 with a lead gift from the Audrey and William Farber Family Foundation of Franklin, Michigan in the amount of $1.5 million and matching gifts totaling $500,000. Its first occupant, Dr. Amy Simon, was hired in 2016 to fill this position. She teaches in MSU’s renowned James Madison College and in the Department of History. This is also a new core position in the Serling Institute. This is one of only 20 such positions in the United States. In order to make this position viable for many generations to come, we are seeking additional support between $500,000 and $1 million. All funds for this position are invested in an endowment to be used for salary, benefits and research support. In order to retain the current faculty holding this position, and enable her salary to keep up with promotions, we are asking your help to make sure that future generations of MSU students have the opportunity to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust. Interested donors with the capacity and passion to help can pay off a pledge of $10,000, $50,000, $100,000, $200,000 or any other amount over a three to five year period.
Jewish Studies Discretionary (Gift) Fund
This fund enables the Serling Institute to hire staff assistance and pay for operating expenses.
Jewish Studies Endowment
This fund allows the Serling Institute to host speakers and sponsor symposiums and conferences.
James and Anna Hersh Scholarship for Student Internships in Israel
This fund, donated in loving memory of James and Anna Hersh by their children, supports Jewish Studies minors at Michigan State University wishing to intern in Israel.
Michael and Elaine Serling and Friends Fund for Chair in Israel Studies
Michael and Elaine Serling and friends created an endowed fund for a position in Israel Studies, which has been filled since 2006. The endowment is in Jewish Studies and the position is sited in James Madison College. The position is held by Professor Yael Aronoff. We continue to raise additional money for this fund to cover the increased salary and benefits of the faculty as she was promoted from assistant professor, to associate professor, and then to full professor.
Michael and Elaine Serling Israeli Culture Fund
This fund supports programming at MSU on subjects related to Israeli history, politics, society, language, and culture. With support from this fund, Jewish Studies offers an annual Modern Israel lecture, offers students and the community Israeli films and lectures, including an annual Israeli film festival and visiting film directors, and occasional visitor short courses on subjects related to Israel.
David and Sarah Rabin Fund for Holocaust Lecture
The late Professor Emeritus Al Rabin and Bea Rabin established this fund to honor their parents, David and Sarah Rabin, and to provide for an annual Holocaust lecture. The Rabin lecture serves as the centerpiece of annual Holocaust commemoration and study at Michigan State University. The Rabin lecture has been offered each spring for more than twenty years and has drawn some of the top scholars in Holocaust studies, including historians, literature scholars, filmmakers, and creative artists.
Stanley and Selma Hollander Fund for Jewish Arts and Music
This fund provided by Selma Hollander and in memory of Professor Emeritus Stanley Hollander supports programming annually related to the Jewish arts and music, including support for an annual lecture or performance.
Ed Levy, Jr. and Linda Dresner Levy Scholarship for Students Studying in Israel
This fund donated by industrialist Ed Levy Jr. supports students at Michigan State University studying in Israel.
Ed and Dot Slade Scholarship for Study in Israel
This fund donated by alumnus Ed Slade supports students at Michigan State University with an athletic background for study in Israel.
Serling Visiting Israeli Scholar Endowment
This fund supports efforts by the Serling Institute to partner with other academic units at MSU to bring in visiting Israeli scholars to strengthen our faculty resources and expand course offerings in Jewish Studies.
Kenneth Waltzer Jewish Studies Faculty Professional Development and Enrichment Fund
This fund will support faculty professional development in Jewish Studies, including travel to professional meetings, travel to archives, travel to do research and interviews, and participation in special programs.
The Fund for Yiddish Language and Culture
The Fund for Yiddish Language and Culture promotes knowledge and pleasure in the Yiddish language and culture. With support from the fund, Jewish Studies offers students and the community one or more programs on subjects related to Yiddish language and culture annually.