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Stanford Report, June 14, 2000

Dunn-Bacon House to become Hillel's new home

The Hillel Foundation has signed a building lease with the university that will make possible the establishment of the Taube Center for Jewish Life. The center will be housed in the Dunn-Bacon House, one of the oldest residences on campus, at the corner of Mayfield Avenue and Campus Drive. Its main occupant will be the Hillel Foundation.

The center is named for Tad Taube, a philanthropist who previously has supported the Jewish Studies Program, the Hoover Institution and the Taube Family Tennis Center.

"This building will, I hope, house a medley of creative, important student organizations whose impact is felt most directly on Stanford's growing, vibrant Jewish community but whose imprint is registered beyond it," said Steven Zipperstein, the Daniel E. Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and History and director of the Program in Jewish Studies.

Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, associate dean for religious life, said that Leland and Jane Stanford's belief that religious life and values play a significant role in the education of the whole person will be echoed by the center. "I look forward to this home putting out a welcome mat for learning, sharing and appreciating the multi-faith community which Stanford has become," she said. SR