A Boost for Jewish Life

June 1, 2006

A $2-million gift from Mitchell Rubenstein and his wife, Laurie Silvers, will support Jewish student life at Duke by funding Hillel programs on campus. The university's Hillel, a branch of the national student organization that supports Jewish life, culture, and programming, will be named the Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel at Duke University.

Rubenstein and Silvers, South Florida media entrepreneurs and the parents of Duke junior Carolyn Rubenstein, are the founders of the Sci-Fi Channel, which they sold to the USA Network. "Laurie and I are particularly glad to make this gift to a university that values a range of social and cultural experiences," Mitchell Rubenstein says. "Duke's leadership and its students have demonstrated their interest and strong commitment to the Jewish community."

Hillel is located at Duke's Freeman Center for Jewish Life. Rubenstein serves as chairman of the center's advisory board.