Funding and support of Jewish Studies

Donors and Contributors

Endowed Funds

Ernest Dorothy Stein Memorial Fund: Inaugurated May 1, 2012, for the establishment and/or continuance of a course of study of Judaism, Jewish culture and heritage.

Donald and Regina Miller Opportunity Fund: Inaugurated February 10, 2022 which shall be used to provide direct financial support for study abroad opportunities to Israel for undergraduate students in the Jewish Studies department.

Financial Contributions & Donations

David & Sharyn Katzman, Mary C. Hull in memory of Steven B. Klacsmann, Barbara F. Seidman, Professor Kelly Welch, John G. Younger.

Study Abroad Fellowships

Harvey Bodker:  Scholarships to study Jewish Studies abroad were donated by KU alum, Mr. Harvey Bodker in honor of the memory of Rabbi Morris Margolies, senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom and longtime professor of Jewish Studies at KU.


Principal funding for the 2018 symposium and writing workshop "Writing Jewish: Midrash, Myth and Miracle" was provided by The Community Legacy Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

Partial funding for the 2017 Symposium "Jews in the Midwest" was provided by The Community Legacy Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

Book Collections

Judith Hurwitz:  272 books in Jewish studies given in memory of Aryeh Hurwitz (1936 - 2005), professor of clinical pharmacology at KUMC, by his wife Judith Hurwitz.

Jack and Diane Aaron:  150 books of Judaica and cassette tapes.

John Younger: Donation of "Diaspora: Homelands in Exile" a chronicle of the Jewish diaspora by Frédéric Brenner.

The Lindenbaum family: 116 books of Judaica and other subjects.


John Selfridge: Donation of hand-crafted Menorah.

Jewish coin collection held at the Wilcox Classical Museum.

Paintings, Posters and Prints

John Younger: Donation of Master Archeological Bible Study Map by Steve Rud.

John Younger: Framing of print on paper by artist Herta Galton.

John Younger: Donation of framed, historical Ketubah.

The Lindenbaum family: Framed etching by Joseph Margulies, framed illuminated manuscript sections, a suite of 10 illustrations printed in Israel, a portfolio called “Landscapes of Israel” containing 5 illustrations, a portfolio called “Tang Dynasty Poems” containing 3 illustrations, and 13 other loose illustrations.

PJ Library: Screen print collection.