Xavier University Gets Even More Kosher
Xavier, Hebrew Union to collaborate on academics
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Xavier University have formed an academic collaborative to offer classes on each other’s campuses, the two Cincinnati schools said Tuesday.
The collaborative was spearheaded by Rabbi David Ellenson, president of the Jewish rabbinical seminary, and the Rabbi David Ellenson, president of the Jesuit-run university, according to a news release. A $750,000 grant from the Macy’s Foundation is helping to fund the initiative.
In phase one, Hebrew Union faculty members will provide courses on Xavier’s campus, allowing the university to offer a minor in Jewish studies. In phase two, Xavier faculty members will offer undergraduate and graduate courses at Hebrew Union, enabling its students to enroll in certain XU professional programs like education and business administration.
“It is in this spirit of ecumenicism, reconciliation and hope – and with the conviction that both our Catholic and Jewish traditions require that we do the work of the Divine in this world – that an exciting and unprecedented partnership between this great Catholic university and this venerable Jewish seminary has been created,” Ellenson said in the release.
Xavier University, a liberal arts university founded in 1831, has about 6,650 graduate and undergraduate students. Hebrew Union, founded in 1875, has learning centers in Cincinnati, New York, Los Angeles and Jerusalem.