Barbara and Ray Alpert have a passion for and commitment to the Long Beach Jewish community and the study of its history and culture. Their support of the Jewish Studies Program at California State University, Long Beach culminated in the establishment of the Barbara and Ray Alpert Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies. This distinguished faculty position is an important asset for the university's promotion of academic vitality and fiscal security. By providing funds in perpetuity — to hire and retain a top professor in the field of Jewish Studies — the endowed chair will give students unparalleled opportunities to study the entire breadth of the Jewish experience over the last four millennia.
"Ray and Barbara are champion advocates for the Jewish community and in developing through education awareness for Jewish culture and respect for its history," said CSULB President F. King Alexander."Their generosity is a tribute to their commitment to expand the spectrum of knowledge of the Jewish community, and this gift will enable the university to make significant strides in building on the already renowned curriculum with the College of Liberal Arts."
"The Jewish Studies Program is an important program for the university, one that can enhance the understanding of history, especially the Holocaust and its implications, as well as the study of language, ethics, and other related areas," said Ray Alpert."It's wonderful to contribute to a program that helps students understand and appreciate this great heritage, history and culture--a program that attracts students from all over the world. Our hope is that our contribution will further the growth of the program for the years to come.We are pleased to now be a part of this process."
The Jewish Studies program was established in 1999, expanded in 2002 to include both a major and minor, and in 2007 produced CSULB's first Jewish Studies graduate.Today the program is widely recognized for its dedication to advancing interdisciplinary analysis of Jewish history, religion, thought, culture and literature.
At the heart of CSULB's mission is a responsibility to provide a large number of traditional and non-traditional students with a high-quality education that equips them for success in today's dynamic multicultural society. To do its part, the Jewish Studies Program offers 20-plus courses, hosts a thriving speakers' series, brings guest speakers into classrooms, participates in various forums and organizes campus symposia.