In Response to: One Jew’s Journey

I just read the Rabbi Gil Steinlauf ’91 story and found a huge omission: How about the creation of the kosher dining room at 83 Stevenson that I and a lot of my ’74 classmates organized?

We got President Robert Goheen ’40 *48’s backing, worked with Provost William Bowen *58 and DFS, and got the former club at 83 Prospect Ave. for a site to be added to existing Stevenson Hall at 91 Prospect (now moved!). We started it in 1972. Bowen also asked us to raise funds from alums and organizations. We raised a few thousand, but the big boost came from an Orthodox Jewish group, the National Council of Young Israel, which donated $100,000.

We held a dedication party on a Sunday night, the beginning of Hanukkah in 1972 ... and Provost Bowen was there. Then we ate dinner! The University’s backing (aid from DFS, etc.) was outstanding!

Abby Klionsky ’14 interviewed me extensively for her thesis and I met her at Reunions and the “100 years of Jewish students” conclave a few years ago.

David Zielenziger ’74
Great Neck, N.Y.