It is the sacred Jewish mandate to repair a broken world, and the concept of tikkun olam, informed by the Holocaust, is the force behind Anita Zucker's philanthropy.

The Zucker family is making a gift of $1.5 million to the College of Charleston, money that will fund the Zucker/Goldberg Holocaust Education Initiative. An endowment of $1 million will fund a chair in Holocaust studies while $500,000 will be used to pay for educational field trips to Eastern Europe.

It is the largest gift the Jewish Studies Program has received, director Martin Perlmutter said.

Zucker's late husband Jerry Zucker was an inventor and president and CEO of the North Charleston-based holding company InterTech Group. Anita Zucker became CEO and chairwoman upon her husband's death in 2008.

College of Charleston President George Benson said he is glad that Charleston, which in the early 19th century had the largest Jewish community of any city in America, and today includes a significant Jewish population, is becoming a "focal point for Holocaust research and education."

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