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Kraft Center Honors Robert Kraft, Arthur Sulzberger, Herman Wouk for Contributions to Jewish Student Life

By Kim Brockway

Robert K. Kraft

New England Patriots' owner Robert K. Kraft, New York Times' chairman emeritus Arthur Ochs Sulzberger and author Herman Wouk will be honored by the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life at the Center's Inaugural Dinner Thurs., May 17, beginning at 6 p.m. in Lerner Hall.

More than 300 guests are expected to honor the three accomplished alumni and benefactors, and to celebrate the evolution of Jewish life at Columbia that began when Gershom Mendes Seixas, the colonial Jewish spiritual leader who became proficient in Hebrew texts without any rabbinical seminary or other rabbis, served as Trustee at Columbia College in 1784.

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

Paula Zahn of the FOX News Channel will serve as the evening's emcee; Alfred Lerner (CC'55), chairman and CEO of MBNA Corporation and Columbia Trustee, and New York Times columnist William Safire will present the Gershom Mendes Seixas Awards to the honorees in recognition of their outstanding contributions to Jewish life at Columbia.

Each of the honorees has played a distinct role in the development of Columbia's Jewish community.

Sulzberger (CC'51) has served on the Board of Columbia's Jewish Campus Life Fund for decades, following in the tradition of his father, Arthur Hays Sulzberger, who founded the original Jewish Advisory Board in 1929, and his mother, Iphigene Sulzberger, a patron for many years. Sulzberger is chairman emeritus, former chief executive officer and former publisher of The New York Times and a Trustee Emeritus of Columbia.

Herman Wouk

In the 1970s, Wouk (CC'34) endowed Beit Ephraim, a Jewish communal residence on W. 112th St., where Columbia students live, study and work together and, in the subsequent years, served on the Jewish Advisory Board. He is the author of the Emmy Award-winning television mini-series "The Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance," and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of his acclaimed novel, The Caine Mutiny.

Last year, the long-held goal of creating a permanent home for Columbia's vibrant and diverse Jewish student community was realized through the vision and commitment of Columbia Trustee Robert K. Kraft (CC'63), chairman of the Kraft Group and owner of the New England Patriots football team.

Published: May 17, 2001
Last modified: Sep 18, 2002


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