Kornhauser Law Faculty Building Named

Kornhauser Law Faculty Building Named

The University has named the Law Faculty building after an Australian benefactor. Australian property developer and philanthropist Emil (Eddie) Mendel Kornhauser gave the four-year-old Faculty a giant birthday gift to coincide with the recent graduation of its first class of LL.B.'s (see separate story): A$3,000,000 (approx. US$2.4 million).

His largess will go a long way to strengthening the Faculty's unique course of study. University President Yehuda Hayuth said the magnanimous donation will allow students to study law [at the University] in decent conditions; more than that, in a modern facility. The gift, he continued, will effectively enhance the education of a new generation of lawyers in this country by putting the Faculty on a firmer basis. This will e nable the promotion of teaching and conducting research in new fields of law. The President added that the donation will also support the Law Library, which is a necessary base for any law faculty.

The Eddie Kornhauser Law Faculty Building was formally dedicated during the 24th Board of Governors Meeting. Guest speaker at the dedication ceremony was then-Minister of Public Security MK Moshe Shahal, who is a good friend of Kornhauser. Honoring their father with their attendance at the event were Kornhauser's three children Larry, Eric, and Mrs. Ricci Edith Swart. Chief Rabbi of Haifa She'ar Yeshuv Cohen also addressed the dedication ceremony.

The Polish-born Kornhauser, who fled Europe in 1939, started out in the fur business with his brothers in Australia and moved on to real-estate development. His innovative projects have included the first post-war high-rise in Sydney's business district and the extensive Paradise Center, consisting of a shopping mall, apartment buildings, an ente rtainment complex, and a hotel, on the Gold Coast. He is Chairman and Managing Director of HSP Property Group.

Kornhauser's service to the community ranges from setting up a leukemia treatment ward at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and serving as vice president of the Committee of the Red Cross to assisting in bringing to Israel over 1,000 Jewish children from Chernobyl and establishing the Bob Hawke Forest near Haifa in honor of the former Prime Minist er of Australia.

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