Taube $15 million grant goes to Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem

Taube Philanthropies has given a $15 million grant, its largest to a Jewish organization, to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Moshe Safdie’s rendering for the Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem

The funds are earmarked to upgrade and beautify the Reform movement’s Jerusalem campus, which as of June 29 will become known as the Taube Family Campus.

Capital improvements will include a new entrance to the campus to be designed by architect Moshe Safdie, a new plaza and an update to the interior of the building designed by Heinrich Heinz Rau in 1963. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place on June 29.

“Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is doing groundbreaking work in training the next generation of Reform rabbis, cantors, educators and nonprofit leaders for Israel and the Jewish people as a whole,” Tad Taube, chairman of Belmont-based Taube Philanthropies, said in a statement released by the organization. “We are honored to be part of this community as it achieves new heights in Jewish and rabbinical education.”

HUC-JIR’s Jerusalem campus prepares rabbis, educators and pastoral counselors who are pioneering religious pluralism in Israel and serving Jews around the globe. All HUC-JIR North American rabbinical, cantorial and education students are required to spend their first year of study at the campus.

“We are enormously grateful to Tad Taube for his vision and support as we enhance, modernize and complete our Jerusalem campus,” said Rabbi Aaron Panken, president of HUC-JIR.