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Supporting Jewish Studies

There are three ways to support the Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University: become a member of the Friends program; make a donation in your name, that of a loved-one, or in memory of someone; or endow a scholarship, faculty position or program.

Friends of the Borns Jewish Studies Program

The Borns Jewish Studies Program has been able to flourish because of the support of community members who recognize the value of scholarly inquiry and public education. Many of these supporters have elected to join the Friends of the Borns Jewish Studies Program, one of the largest support groups at Indiana University. The contributions of Friends provide student scholarships, subsidize public lectures and other special programs, and support the costs of scholarly research and conferences.

We offer Friends a 20% discount on books from Indiana University Press, one of the leading academic publishers in the field of Jewish Studies.

Thanks to state and federal tax laws, your gift to the Indiana University Foundation for the Borns Jewish Studies Program can qualify for certain tax deductions. Please consult your tax advisor for specific information and details.

Endowment Opportunities

The program is in particular need of funding to support undergraduate student scholarships which can have a life-changing impact by encouraging students to make Jewish Studies part of their college education.

A gift may also provide significant tax savings. Please consult your tax advisor.


The IU Foundation has announced a matching campaign to double the impact of new scholarship endowments of $25,000 or more for overseas study. The JSP hopes to take advantage of this campaign to provide scholarships for IU students to study in Israel.

Every semester, we hear from our students returning from Israel about the life-changing impact that their studies at Hebrew University have had on their personal and professional development.

IU’s relationship with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem began in 1972 and has remained strong ever since. In 2008, President Michael McRobbie visited Hebrew University and returned committed to further expanding IU’s relationship with Israeli institutions and to encouraging further collaboration with Israel.

We have recently worked with Hebrew University to expand and enhance our students’ experiences: we have added study tracks, including the Jerusalem Sounds program for music students, and the Dance Jerusalem program for dance students. All of these programs have given students, who would not otherwise experience Israel, an invaluable opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture.

I urge you now to help ensure that the next generation will be able to experience Israel firsthand in a learning environment.

More Information

For more information about how to join the Friends group or endow a scholarship, please contact:

Professor Mark Roseman, Director
Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program
Indiana University
Goodbody Hall 326, 1011 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
812-855-0453 (phone)
812-855-4314 (fax)