Kranzberg grant strengthens Maryville’s Jewish programs


ST. LOUIS  – Maryville University has been awarded a $7,500 grant from The Kranzberg Family Foundation, renewing the foundation’s support of  University efforts to expand Jewish programming and develop ties between Jewish students, faculty and staff and the broader community.

Maryville University’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement Tom Eschen said the University is committed to strengthening interfaith understanding on campus. “We thank The Kranzberg Family Foundation for its continuing support as Maryville expands Jewish programs and builds strong networks with the Jewish community both on and off campus,” he said.  “All of us are encouraged by what we have achieved so far, and we look forward to continuing the dialogue.”

Maryville will use the grant to support programming for its Jewish Initiative. In August, Maryville hired a part-time Jewish Programming facilitator, Amanda Radman. She has been working to expand Maryville University’s Jewish Student Union and related programs.

This fall, students and faculty decorated a sukkah and used the temporary shelter during the Jewish autumn harvest festival of Sukkot. In December, Hanukkah was celebrated at a holiday gathering with a menorah lighting and Hebrew songs. Members of the Jewish Student Union have staffed information tables at campus-wide involvement fairs and service fairs.

Maryville Associate Professor Karen Tabak, who heads up the faculty and staff efforts to develop the Jewish Initiative, said, “This funding allows us to continue the creative and energetic programming that we were able to institute with last year’s grant from The Kranzberg Family Foundation. These programs help to strengthen the ties of Maryville’s young Jewish adults to the broader Jewish community, and provide all of our students a broader understanding of diverse cultures and perspectives.”

The Kranzberg Family Foundation is a Supporting Organization of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Maryville University also awards the “L’Dor V’Dor Endowed Scholarship for Jewish Women” in the form of two renewable financial awards: a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship and a $10,000 graduate student scholarship. These are awarded thanks to a $600,000 endowment bequest from Irma Sue Macy.

About Maryville University

Maryville University, founded in 1872, moved to the national universities category of U.S. News & World Report this year.  It is one of three institutions in the greater St. Louis area ranked in the division. In October, Maryville was named one of the Top 100 Private Universities in the U.S. for Best Value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.