Building the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life is a high priority for Drexel University. We are deeply grateful to Mr. Perelman and all of our other generous donors for contributing to this much needed Center.
We want to make Drexel a top university of choice for Jewish students from our region and across the nation. Having a dedicated Center for Jewish Life will go far to enhance the academic, cultural, social and religious experiences of these students.
In addition, the Center will respond to one of the most persistent requests expressed by students and their families by increasing the availability of Kosher food on campus.
Drexel is working closely with Hillel of Greater Philadelphia and its committee, the Drexel Hillel Board of Overseers, in planning for this Center. While it will be a Drexel-owned building, the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life will also provide a new home for Hillel on our campus. We will look to Hillel to lead programming at the Center with a spirit of warmth and inclusiveness for which this respected organization is well-known.
Having a Center for Jewish Life will help us achieve the well-rounded Jewish student experience at Drexel that we are striving for. We now have academic offerings through our Judaic Studies Program and international opportunities through our burgeoning relationships with some of the most distinguished universities in Israel. The Center will ensure that Jewish student life matches these opportunities in breadth and appeal.
I have twice seen the galvanizing effect such a Center can have on student life in my tenures as President of Franklin & Marshall College and Executive Vice President at the University of Pennsylvania. I know building the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life at Drexel will have as great, if not greater, impact on our campus community.
I hope we can count on your help in completing our vision for a Center for Jewish Life at Drexel University.
John A. Fry