Hello friends and colleagues:
Thank you for your consistent support and enthusiasm. I am delighted that so many people share my passion for Jewish history and thought, and consider it a rare privilege to share my research with you online and in person. I wish you all a blessed New Year of spiritual and material prosperity.
As I’m sure you’re aware, at this time of year it is a custom to increase our charitable giving so as to accumulate merit before Yom Kippur. There are thousands of worthy causes, and I do not wish to detract from any of them (nor clog your inbox with unsolicited requests). At the same time, I feel it is incumbent upon me to do whatever I can to support my undergraduate students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college, many of whom are forced to work full-time to support themselves (and their families!) while studying.
So here’s the thing: I would like to raise enough money to pay for ten gifted, motivated students to earn a bachelor’s degree in Jewish history with me. I figure it will cost about $100,000, and we have raised about $15,000 so far. Please partner with me in this worthy endeavor, so we can raise a new generation of historians who will continue research into the amazing, surprising, and inspiring history of the Jewish people.
Online tax-deductible donations to Touro College may be made at the Friends of Jewish History crowdfunding website (https://www.crowdrise.com/the-friends-of-jewish-history/fundraiser/avenuej). If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to Touro College, with Friends of Jewish History in the memo line, and send it to me at the address below.
We have a great year of Jewish history lectures planned, with a series on the Jews of the Danube River valley scheduled for the Fall and a new series on the Jews of Italy in the Spring.
May you all be sealed for a good, sweet year,
Dean, Touro College
1602 Avenue J
Brooklyn NY 11230