Farash Community Lecture
The Max and Marian Farash Community Lecture is made possible by the generous support of a grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Rochester that values the importance of education and entrepreneurship and has deep consideration for religious and civic communities. The foundation provides grants to nonprofits in Monroe and Ontario counties, half of which are for projects and programs with ties to Jewish life.
At the Colleges, the lectures are a collaborative effort among the Abbe Center for Jewish Life, the Office for Spiritual Engagement and the Religious Studies Department. The Abbe Center for Jewish Life provides an environment for people of Jewish faith or with Jewish interests to gather and socialize, and to celebrate Shabbat and other Jewish holidays.
In 2015, the Farash Foundation also granted Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Nazareth College endowments totaling $500,000 to offset the cost for students to participate in The March: Bearing Witness to Hope trip, a biannual student leadership program and mission to Germany and Poland.
Hollis S. Budd, executive director of the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation has also served as a judge for the Stu Leiblein ’90 Pitch Contest.