Giving Opportunities in TIJS

Generous donations from friends of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies support general operations of the Institute as well as a variety of programs and public events, library acquisitions, faculty research projects, and student scholarships. The future growth of the program – including expanded course offerings and graduate programs, scholars-in-residence, research support, and outreach to the community – can be assisted through endowment giving. To learn more about these opportunities, contact Rhonda Davidson at 404-727-8002 or

General Funds

Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies Fund

The Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies Fund supports the essential day-to-day activities of TIJS, including events, student experience enrichment, and community outreach.

Special Funds

David and Ursula Blumenthal Endowment Fund for Jewish Studies

The David and Ursula Blumenthal Endowment Fund for Jewish Studies honors two individuals who have been central to the development and flourishing of Jewish Studies on the Emory campus since their arrival in Atlanta in 1976. Prof. David R. Blumenthal, the Jay and Leslie Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies, contributed inestimably to the creation and growth of the Jewish Studies Program at Emory, which began under his leadership within the Department of Religion and eventually became the basis for the current Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, founded in 1999. Ursula Blumenthal has been an active partner in all these efforts. Through her warmth, her hospitality, and generosity of spirit, she has helped faculty and students engaged in Jewish Studies at Emory become a true community of scholars.

Reflecting the Blumenthal’s longstanding stewardship of Jewish Studies at Emory, the David and Ursula Blumenthal Endowment Fund for Jewish Studies is designed to sustain and enrich the Tam Institute’s mission of teaching, research, and public scholarship. 

The first priority of the Blumenthal fund will be to insure annual stipends for the David R. Blumenthal Award, a prize created in 1999 in honor of Prof. Blumenthal and designed to stimulate and recognize work of scholarly excellence among Emory students in the area of Jewish Studies. Each year, one graduate and one undergraduate prize are awarded to the students who produce the best research paper or project that links Jewish Studies to larger human concerns.

In addition, the Blumenthal Fund will support TIJS’s priorities, including student grants, public events, faculty research, and other initiatives that advance the strategic interests of the institute.

*This fund has not yet reached endowment level. If the minimum funding for the endowment is not attained, funds will be used to support and maintain the work of the Tam Institute.

The Brickman-Levin Fund for Graduate Students

The Brickman Levin Fund in the Laney Graduate School provides top-off fellowships for excellent graduate students specializing in some area of Jewish studies. Newly-accepted graduate students are nominated by their departments for this fellowship. The fund honors the work of Dr. S. Perry Brickman and Arthur Levin in exposing and ending discrimination against Jewish dentistry students at Emory during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

For other possible opportunities for giving in support of graduate programs in TIJS, please contact Katie Busch at