Through the cooperative efforts of the generous philanthropists of Yovel, a new enriching component was added to the FIU academic offerings. Yovel Foundation provided the economic resources for an endowment that enabled the establishment of the:
THE PRESIDENT NAVON PROGRAM
FOR THE STUDY OF SEPHARDIC AND ORIENTAL JEWRY
This program will provide academic training in Sephardic/Oriental Studies for undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a track certificate in Sephardic/Oriental Studies and in the future actual degrees in this very important field of knowledge.
This program will offer lectures and seminars presented by nationally and internationally renowned scholars and artists, participate in outreach programs, and encourage close ties and cooperation between the academic and lay communities.
Academics and artists will lecture or teach Sephardic/Oriental studies courses, conduct research, and share their findings and expertise at university-held conferences, seminars, and community-outreach programs.