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The Funk Legacy Gallery

Hillel Impacts Lives

The Rabbi Julius and Pearl Funk Legacy Gallery will serve as a lasting tribute to Rutgers Hillel’s founding Director and his wife, who devoted their lives to the Jewish students and alumni of Rutgers University.

Following their move to New Brunswick from Brooklyn, NY in 1943 — soon after Rabbi Funk was ordained at the Jewish Institute of Religion and Rabbi and Pearl were married — the Funks established the Hillel Foundation at Rutgers and began reaching out to Jewish students at the Rutgers College and Douglass College (then called The New Jersey College for Women) campuses. Social activities, religious services, educational programming and committee meetings were initiated, and student leadership was fostered. Over time, Hillel had a choir, a dance group, theatrical programming and sports teams.

Space was leased in downtown New Brunswick (first on Church Street, then on George Street) to house Hillel’s many activities and to provide for a kosher eating program. In the 70’s, Rutgers Hillel built its first building, located on Douglas campus, where Hillel truly flourished under the loving leadership of Rabbi and Pearl until their retirement after 39 years in 1982. Thereafter they stayed connected with the thousands of Hillel alumni whom they had befriended, mentored and encouraged, through personal visits, by attending the annual Safam concerts and via the alumni association that Pearl organized.

Pearl passed away in 2004 and Rabbi in 2006. On their tombstone it reads “The Torch Has Been Passed.” This truly sums up the focus of their lives at Rutgers Hillel — to pass to the next generations their love of Judaism and the values of Torah. Nothing pleased them more than to welcome a new class of freshman each year and to help these students take pride in their Jewishness and grow and mature through their involvement with Hillel. Over the years they played the roles of caring surrogate mother and father to so many young Jewish men and women, providing an extended family to the students while away from their biological families. And very often they made matches — intentionally or by happenstance – and it was Rabbi’s great pleasure to perform hundreds of weddings over the years for his former Hillel students.

So many of these alumni have come together to honor the Funks’ legacy by financially supporting the Legacy Gallery which will be featured prominently in the new College Avenue building. Future students will learn about the crucial roles Rabbi and Pearl played during their decades of service to Rutgers Hillel, and alumni can visit and reminisce about their respective college years. The Funks’ three sons, Joel ’67, Danny ’70, and Jonathan ’79, have actively supported this endeavor and join the other “Funk Alumni” in eagerly anticipating the opening of the new building and the dedication of the Rabbi Julius and Pearl Funk Legacy Gallery.

  • $10,000 and up
  • Jonathan Funk and John Arnold
  • $5,000 – $9,999
  • Howard and Sharon Charish
  • Barnet and Marcia Eskin
  • Alice Herman
  • Hon. Harriet Farber Klein and Paul Klein
  • $2,500 – $4,999
  • Joel and Melody Funk
  • Daniel Funk and Marcia Gittes
  • Ginger Gold-Schnitzer
  • Yossi and Abbe Rosner
  • $1,000 – $2,499
  • Allan Armus
  • Marty and Beth Aron
  • Gregory and Diane Spiegel Belok
  • Mitchell and Elaine Berlin
  • Paul Berlin and Hildy Steinbach
  • Rabbi Harold J. Berman
  • Mark Lewis Brecker
  • David and Marilyn Cheslow
  • Ed and Cheryl Dauber
  • Justin and Gittel Footerman
  • Sheldon and Bonnie Freidenreich
  • Paul Funk
  • Steven and Marcia Funk
  • Harry and Fran Glazer
  • Samuel and Irene Dale Goldfarb
  • Sam and Renee Rosner Green
  • Larry and Esther Cohen Hexter
  • Hon. Barnett and Diane Hoffman
  • Michael and Susan Karpoff
  • Richard and Sue Kelin
  • Irving and Gertrude Klaus
  • Ruth Goldfarb Koizim
  • Martin Krall
  • Ron and Sharon Lewkowitz
  • Dr. Stanley and Donna Messer
  • Joel and Marcy Migdal
  • Dr. Philip and Karen Nagel
  • Lawrence Posner
  • Dr. Barbara Straus Reed
  • Michael and Terri Rosenberg
  • Mike and Janet Slifer
  • Drs. Ted and Eva Stahl
  • Monte and Sue Wallenstein
  • Richard and Marla Zirin
  • $500 – $999
  • Thelma Bartner
  • Bruce Brafman and Hannah-Jean Goldin
  • Rabbi Howard and Laura Buechler
  • James Carlson
  • Flora Buchbinder Cowen
  • Stanley and Arlene Ferman
  • Hans and Ruth Fisher
  • Drs. Philip and Harriet Freidenreich
  • Don and Julie Berlin Friedman
  • Mickey and Penina Glazer
  • Rabbi Seth and Marian Gordon
  • Sylvia Kirshner
  • Barry and Joan Kritz
  • Jonathan Neipris and Myrna Ryder
  • Edward and Barbara Kaplan Newman
  • Jimmy and Sharon Schwarz
  • $250 – $499
  • David and Sheara Arbit
  • Mark Blecher and Lary Aasheim
  • Aaron Cooper and Eric Keitel
  • Jason Feinberg
  • Paul Fishman and Mike Kurokawa
  • Will and Nancy Kahane
  • Marc and Zieva Konvisser
  • Rhoda Grushkin Lubetkin
  • Claire Mayers Nierenberg
  • Rachel Niewoehner
  • Barry and Natalie Pass
  • David Rogoff
  • Neal and Barbara Rosenbaum
  • Stanley and Bena Siegel
  • David and Caren Srolovitz
  • Susan Unger and Pamela Erwin
  • Evan and Arlene Yegelwel
  • All other contributions
  • Mark and Sandra Abraham
  • Marshall and Caryn Alter
  • Zale Anis and Barbara Silver
  • Evan Arnold-Gordon
  • Barry and Maureen Arnow
  • Phillip and Susan Baron
  • Don and Audrey Becker
  • Bob and Pam Benedon
  • Lawrence and Lois Benjamin
  • The Berents Family
  • Karen Feiwus Berger
  • Hinda Blum
  • Bruce and Debbie Buechler
  • Gary and Gail Cantor
  • Judy Slifer Cooper
  • Ross Cooper
  • Barry and Linda Diamond
  • Mindy Sager Dickler
  • Lois Wasserman Dinkin
  • Bennett and Barbara Dobbin
  • Martin and Joan Eglow
  • Dr. Maurice and Ellen Elias
  • Milton and Deborah Erdfarb
  • Frieda Feller
  • Perry and Elise Fellman
  • Lawrence and Ruth Fineberg
  • Sam and Sheila Freedman
  • Alan Freedman
  • Joshua, Lauren, Chloe and Declan Funk
  • Aaron, Janel and Zachary Funk
  • Jeremy, Elyana, Julia Pearl and Sydney Funk
  • Rachel Funk
  • Shoshana Funk
  • Bill and Renee George
  • David and Leslie Gleaner
  • Alice Perkins Gould
  • Allan and Ann Greenberg
  • Gary and Judith Greene
  • Justin and Susan Hornstein
  • Larry and Darlene Hornstein
  • George and Ellen Horowitz
  • Rachel Ingber
  • Dr. Sylvia Irwin
  • Melvin and Linda Jacobs
  • Linda Kalb
  • Stanley and Ruth Kaplan
  • Esther Kaufman
  • Irving and Reva Kaufman
  • Roger and Laurel Kirschen
  • June Rieur Kleban
  • Melvin Kohn
  • Robert LaMont
  • Steve and Wendy Lerman
  • Richard Levine
  • David and Fran Levine
  • Carl and Randi Levy
  • Bernard Lewkowitz
  • Ron Lezell
  • Rabbi Stephen Listfield
  • Mark Mackler and Wendell Choo
  • Jon and Susan Mandell
  • Gustine Matt
  • Dina Blum McCormick
  • Stuart and Joanie Mitnick
  • Howard Mucha
  • Ina L. Nelson
  • Abe and Barbara Osofsky
  • Gerald and Bonnie Platter
  • Gerald and Marlene Pomper
  • Lily Prince
  • Alvin and Ruth Rockoff
  • Judge Lisa Bloch Rodwin
  • Walter and Sally Klinger Rogers
  • Elaine Rose
  • Joseph and Judith Rosenstein
  • Rabbi Joel and Barbara Roth
  • Bob and Terry Rothberg
  • Stanley and Ruth Gruman Rothman
  • Irv Rubin and Leah Plonchak
  • Sharyn Saslafsky
  • Dr. Bernard and Judy Schanzer
  • Arlene Schenerman
  • Jay and Esther Schlesinger
  • Leonard and Ruth Schlosberg
  • Edwin and Sherrill Schuster
  • Alan Schwartz and Sue Berger
  • Robert Sherman
  • Rose Slifer
  • Lillian Spier
  • Rebecca Starr
  • Murray and Phyllis Novick Sternberg
  • Beverly Susswein
  • Joshua Taylor
  • Adam Taylor
  • Beverly Teich
  • Mary Gardocki Washburn
  • Hadassah R. Weiner
  • Sheila Wiseman
  • Michael and Roberta Wolf
  • Steven and Debbie Nutkis Young