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Greenberg Center to Establish Endowed Chair
Philip D. Feltman, the longtime chair of the Board of Visitors of the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, is pictured at a June 4 dinner in his honor. The Greenberg Center plans to establish the Philip D. Feltman Professorship in Modern Jewish History.
The creation of the endowed chair is the result of a yearlong development effort that coincided with the Greenberg Center’s 20th anniversary, Freund said. The development effort culminated in a June 4 dinner honoring Philip D. Feltman, who has served as chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Greenberg Center since 1992. The endowed professorship will be named in Feltman’s honor.
The Philip D. Feltman Professorship in Modern Jewish History will fill an urgent need for an expert who will teach about Israel, the Holocaust, and American Judaism, while serving as an informed spokesperson for the news media and the Jewish and interfaith communities.
This will be the Greenberg Center’s second endowed chair. Freund himself holds an endowed professorship, as the Maurice Greenberg Professor of Jewish Studies. With the addition of the new Feltman Professorship, the Greenberg Center will have an expert in ancient Jewish history (Freund) and an expert in modern Jewish history.
Feltman, a successful businessman, has been a lifelong leader in the Jewish community. Born and raised in Hartford, Feltman graduated from Weaver High School in 1938 and the Uconn College of Pharmacy in 1943. After serving in World War II, he established his first drug store and later was a founder of Ames Department Stores, as well as many other successful businesses. He is married to Frances Schwartz Feltman; they have four children and 10 grandchildren.
In addition to his long and distinguished service as chairman of the board of visitors of the Greenberg Center, Feltman has been campaign chairman, president, and chairman of the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, and chairman of the board of the Jewish Community Foundation. He has been an active member on the boards of Beth El Temple, Mount Sinai Hospital, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center, Jewish Historical Society, and the American Cancer Society.
Feltman is stepping down as chairman of the Greenberg Center Board of Visitors at the end of this month. The new board chair will be Paula Steinberg, former chair of the board and president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, and a well-known figure in the Hartford community. Steinberg has been a member of the Greenberg Center's Board of Visitors for the past decade, and she has served on the boards of the Seniors Job Bank of Greater Hartford, Beth El Temple, and the Jewish Community Center.