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Gift allows Nazareth to add Jewish studies to its interfaith focus

Gift allows Nazareth to add Jewish studies to its interfaith focus

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A gift from the William and Sheila Konar Foundation will create a new center at Nazareth College focusing on tolerance and Jewish Studies.

The grant of the $500,000 will create the Konar Center for Tolerance and Jewish Studies, adding to the college’s existing emphasis on spirituality and interfaith dialogue.

“Each day intolerance, divisiveness, and polarization impact the lives of people across our ‘global village,'” said Nazareth President Daan Braveman. “For some, the realities of religious, racial and other forms of prejudice are ever-present and devastating. With this generous gift from the Konar Foundation, Nazareth College hopes to respond to these realities with transformative education, civic engagement, service-learning, and interfaith dialogue.”

The college said it will hire an executive director for the Konar Center in the next few months. The center “will work closely with the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue and the Center for Spirituality, providing educational opportunities including courses, internships, and study abroad opportunities. It also will offer programs for students as well as Rochester community members that promote cross-cultural awareness and deeper understanding of Judaism,” according to a statement from Nazareth.

“This initiative builds on the college’s current work fostering interfaith understanding and civic engagement,” said Howard Konar, a trustee of the foundation. We hope our support will help strengthen and expand programs for students and the community promoting cross-cultural awareness, tolerance, and a deeper understanding of Judaism.”

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