Gift funds scholarship in education and Jewish Studies

May 11, 2010, 1:00 a.m.

The School of Education is set to receive $12 million from the Jim Joseph Foundation to establish a doctoral concentration in education and Jewish Studies. The grant will also create an endowed Jim Joseph Professorship in the same fields.

The gift is the largest in the history of the School of Education and will make Stanford the only other research university, besides New York University, to offer a doctoral program in Jewish education.

School of Education Dean Deborah Stipek said in a statement to the Stanford News Service that the grant would allow Stanford “to lead the country in the study of the nexus of culture, religion and education.”

Stanford will admit two students per year for the first three years of the program and eventually increase admission to seven students per year.

Faculty at the School of Education will collaborate with scholars at the Taube Center for Jewish Studies to create a new curriculum and develop courses and seminars.

According to its website, the Jim Joseph Foundation is “devoted exclusively to supporting education of Jewish youth.”

The foundation, which was established in 2006, awards grants mainly to teenagers and young adults, focusing on programs in schools, congregations, youth groups and community centers.

— Caroline Chen

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