JCC Manhattan will change name after $20 million donation


Participants in a past Shavuot program at JCC Manhattan gather on the JCC’s roof. (Courtesy of JCC Manhattan)

(JTA) — The JCC Manhattan will be named after the late Marlene Meyerson, a supporter of the institution for more than 20 years.

The name change will take place in February, after a $20 million donation from the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Family Foundation.

The gift is one of the largest ever to a Jewish community center in the United States, according to the JCC Manhattan.

In addition to the name change, the Meyerson Family Foundation has commissioned artist Jenny Holzer to collaborate with members of the community to create site-specific art that will be placed throughout the building. Holzer, based in New York, is famed for her public space installations combining words and ideas in large-scale pieces. The Meyersons were early supporters of Holzer’s work.

In addition, the Meyerson Family Foundation has directed that the naming rights to the institution will return to the JCC in 30 years to enable it to pursue another large donor.

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