$1 million pledge to help CofC open vegetarian cafeteria


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A $1 million pledge to the College of Charleston will help the Jewish Studies Center open a vegetarian dining facility."This generous gift is a testament to the transformational impact of the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program on our campus and in the community," says College of Charleston President P. George Benson. {}"We are extremely grateful to this distinguished group of supporters for enhancing the already exceptional living and learning environment we provide to our students."The dining facility is to be named in honor of Jewish Studies program director Dr. Martin Perlmutter. The expansion provides a home on campus for students, faculty, staff and community members to come together, socialize and create a true sense of place and community, College officials said.In addition to the dining facility, the expansion will include additional classrooms for the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs, the Center for Southern Jewish Culture and the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies.{}Among the donors pledging to support the expansion are Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold of Columbia, S.C., Anita Zucker of Charleston, S.C., Alan Kahn of Columbia, S.C., and Art and Annie Sandler of Virginia Beach, V.A., the school said.{}"The Jewish Studies program is certainly one of the best in the country, and that is the result of the leadership of Marty Perlmutter," says Norman Arnold. "It was so natural for us to support this project and that the facility honor Marty's unyielding dedication to the program and to fostering community."The pledge supports the $10 million A Time to Build campaign, launched in fall of 2011 as part of the College of Charleston's comprehensive campaign for the Jewish Studies program. With this pledge, more than $6.5 million has been raised to date, the College reported.{}