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Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life to Honor George Rupp on May 9; Tom Friedman to Speak

George Rupp

The Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, Columbia University-Barnard College Hillel is hosting its annual Gershom Mendes Seixas Award Dinner on Thursday, May 9.

The dinner will honor President George Rupp for his many accomplishments at Columbia and for the pivotal role he played in the creation of the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, the last of the Ivy League Jewish student centers to be built.

Tom Friedman, New York Times foreign affairs columnist and a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, will discuss the current situation in the Middle East in the evening's keynote address.

During Rupp's presidency, the University consolidated its place among the World's top universities, making significant strides in recruiting top faculty, launching new education and research programs, increasing student selectivity, expanding both the University's international dimensions and its links to New York City, and revitalizing its historic campus in Morningside Heights.

More than 300 guests are expected to honor Rupp and to celebrate the extraordinary evolution of Jewish life at Columbia that began when Gershom Mendes Seixas, the colonial Jewish spiritual leader who became proficient in Hebrew texts, served as Trustee at King's College (Columbia's precursor) in 1784.

Rupp will be presented the Gershom Mendes Seixas Award by Robert K. Kraft (CC'63), Columbia Trustee and owner of the New England Patriots. Kraft's lead gift in 1993 launched the campaign to build the Robert K. Kraft Family Center for Jewish Student Life, a $14.9-million building that fulfilled the long-held goal of creating a permanent home for Columbia's vibrant and diverse Jewish student community.

Tom Friedman

The 28,000-sq.-ft. facility sponsors a wide range of cultural, spiritual and social action programs that serve more than 2,000 Columbia and Barnard students.

Kraft received the Seixas Award last year along with his co-chair of this year's dinner, Columbia Trustee Emeritus Arthur Ochs Sulzberger (CC'51). Sulzberger, chairman emeritus of The New York Times Company, will introduce Friedman.

Sulzberger has served on the Board of Columbia-Barnard Hillel 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.

The dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. on May 9, following a 6:00 p.m. reception, in Lerner Hall, 115th Street and Broadway. Tickets to the dinner are $750 each, $360 for Columbia faculty and administrators, and $360 and $180 for Young Alumni. For additional information, contact (212) 854-0451 or dbernick@hillel.columbia.edu.

Published: May 02, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002

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