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Eisenberg Family Foundation Bestows Gift For New Writing Center at Yeshiva University

A generous gift of $3 million to Yeshiva University will establish the Lea and Leon Eisenberg Writing Center at Stern College for Women. This dedication, in memory of Lea and Leon ’47YC Eisenberg, was made by their children, directors of the Eisenberg Family Foundation: Dr. Larry Eisenberg ’75YC, ’79E, of Los Angeles, CA; Richard Eisenberg ’77YC, of Lawrence, NY; and Reva Hirsch of Lawrence, NY. The gift supports Rise Up: The Campaign for 613, Yeshiva University’s ambitious comprehensive campaign to fund scholarships, facilities and faculty to position the University for continued success.

Lea and Leon Eisenberg, who lived in Long Beach and Lawrence, NY, were generous philanthropists who cared deeply about Jewish continuity, Jewish education and Yeshiva University.  Mrs. Eisenberg served as chair of the Stern College for Women Board of Overseers for many years and was also active in the years before and after her committed service as chair. She and Leon, YU Benefactors, established the Lea and Leon Eisenberg Beit Midrash at Stern College and made other generous gifts to Stern College, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and Yeshiva University.

Lea and Leon Eisenberg

The Lea and Leon Eisenberg Writing Center on Beren Campus will greatly enhance the services and programs offered by the current writing center and relocate it adjacent to the Shevet Glaubach Center for Career Strategy and Professional Development. In addition to providing students with free one-to-one tutoring in all types of writing, from college compositions to marketing papers to lab reports, the new Lea and Leon Eisenberg Writing Center will assist with cover letters and personal statements for job applications and graduate school.

“I had the privilege of working alongside Lea when she served so ably on the Stern College Board of Overseers. Her wisdom helped guide me in my thinking, and her partnership with her beloved husband, Leon, inspired me,” said Dean Karen Bacon, the Mordecai D. Katz and Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of the Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yeshiva University. “I know how much the importance of words, well intentioned and crafted, mattered to Lea. This Writing Center will be a true tribute to the Eisenberg name.”

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