Hebrew University announces NIS 15 million emergency fund

Gavriel Fiske is a reporter at The Times of Israel

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has allocated NIS 15 million ($3.82 million) to an emergency fund “supporting students serving in the reserves, residents of the Gaza envelope affected by a recent terrorist attack, and evacuees from the northern region,” the university announces.

University officials raised the money over the last three weeks from donors, as part of a larger effort by Hebrew University to support the war effort.

Hebrew University previously announced a financial aid package for students, including delayed tuition payments and deferred rent for students living in university housing. About 4,000 Hebrew University students have been called up to IDF reserve duty.

The announcement comes after similar initiatives from Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Bar-Ilan University and other institutes of higher learning. About 30% of all university students have been called up for reserve duty during the current crisis, as well as thousands of faculty and staff.

The start of the current academic year, which was to have begun on October 15, has been pushed back to at least December 3.

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