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To date, the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies has received a total of over 1.3  million dollars to its Endowment Fund, representing gifts from individual donors and trust funds.

In addition, the Cohn-Haddow Center raises funds through an annual giving letter sent by the Office of University Advancement to the Center's mailing list.

We invite you to join the many individuals and organizations that make it possible for the Center to bring the best of Jewish scholarship to the campus and the community. For further information on how you can participate, please contact the Center at (313) 577-2679 or  Also, please contact Bonita-Watkins Gamble in Philanthropy & Alumni Relations at or via telephone at: 313-577-9870.

Naming Opportunities

The Cohn-Haddow Center has a number of naming opportunities available.  Some of the specific programs and activities include:


The Center seeks to invite prominent scholars in Jewish Studies, preferably from Israel, to serve as a resource person at Wayne State University and in the Detroit Jewish community. Such an individual would be available to offer informal and formal lectures and classes on campus and in the community in his/her field of specialization. The scholar would also serve as a mentor or advisor for graduate students and professionals within the community.

Annual Visiting Lectureship in the Following Fields: Bible, Hebrew Language and Literature, Yiddish, Modern Jewish History, Holocaust and Israel

Since its inception, the Center has sponsored lectures and conferences featuring internationally renowned scholars who have shared their latest findings and discoveries with both the campus and the metropolitan community. An annual endowed lectureship in the major fields of Jewish studies will ensure that students, faculty and the community at large will have an opportunity to learn about exciting developments in Jewish scholarship on a continuing basis.

Endowed Directorship

The Center seeks to establish its independence and ensure its continuity by creating an endowed chair for its Director. The Director's major responsibility is to help the Center fulfill its goals at the University and in the greater community. In addition, the Director teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in his/her field of specialization in Jewish Studies. The Director also publicizes the activities of the Center through participation in international and national conferences. Finally, through his/her research and writing, the Director helps to strengthen the Center's role as a major institution for Jewish scholarship in the United States.

The Center Wishes to Thank the Following Individuals and Foundations for Their Support of Sponsored Lectureships

  • John and Rose Herman and Hortense Herman Alper Endowment Fund
  • Harold Gales Fund
  • Annual John M. Haddow Memorial Program in Jewish Culture
  • The Evelyn Hoffman Kasle Philanthropic Fund
  • Jacob Lassner in memory of Kalman Lassner
  • The Sigmund and Sophie Rohlik Foundation
  • George M. and Pearl A. Zeltzer Family Fund

For further information on these and other naming opportunities as well as other activities of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, please contact the Director, Professor Howard Lupovitch, at the Center's office (313) 577-2679.