UM Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies Receives $1 Million Gift

  UM Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies Receives $1 Million Gift

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MIAMI -- January 29, 2013

George Feldenkreis, member of the University of Miami Board of Trustees and
prominent businessman, has given $1 million to the UM Sue and Leonard Miller
Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies. This significant contribution builds
on his previous $2 million of support, which established the George
Feldenkreis Judaic Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences in

The Feldenkreis Judaic Studies Program is a broad, flexible, interdisciplinary
program designed for undergraduates to gain an understanding of Jewish
civilization and its diverse cultural experiences. The program, which is
non-theological in orientation, is an academic exploration of the
multi-faceted, socio-historical, 4,000-year record of the Jewish people.
Courses highlight the variety of cultural, political, social, and religious
experiences of Jews in different times and places, providing a strong
foundation for advanced academic study, professional careers in a variety of
fields, and a more complex and rich understanding of the world.

"My hope is that this additional gift will allow the Miller Center and the
George Feldenkreis Program inJudaic Studiesto continue to impart the wisdom
and richness of Jewish culture and history and Jewish experiences through the
ages,” Mr. Feldenkreis said.

Mr. Feldenkreis, chairman and CEO of Perry Ellis International, arrived in
Miami from Havana, Cuba, in 1961, with his family and only $700. He and his
late brother founded Supreme International clothing company in 1967, the
company which was to become Perry Ellis International in 1999. Mr. Feldenkreis
strongly believes in philanthropy and feels that individuals who are
financially successful have the obligation to support their community. The
Feldenkreis family supports various organizations and groups, including the
United Way, where Mr. Feldenkreis is a Million Dollar Roundtable member of
United Way of Miami-Dade’s Tocqueville Society.

"We are, as always, very grateful to George Feldenkreis for his generosity and
personal support of the Judaic Studies Program,” said Dr. Haim Shaked,
director of the Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies. “Thanks to his
ongoing personal commitment and keen interest in our academic work, we have
been able to enrich the lives and academic experiences of more students and
members of the UM and general communities than we ever thought possible.”

Mr. Feldenkreis joined the UM Board of Trustees in 1997 and has served on the
master planning committee and the executive committee, and also supports the
College of Engineering, the Miller School of Medicine and the Student-Athlete
Scholarship Fund at UM.

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