Help provide a place for peace and reflection for DelVal students
The Chapel’s History
Donated in memory of Ida M. Block by her husband and family in 1899, The Ida M. Block Memorial Chapel is one of the oldest buildings on Delaware Valley University’s campus. Dr. Krauskopf provided regular non-denominational services for students of all faiths at the chapel during his time as president.
Block was a well-known leader in Jewish community organizations, charities and the local community. Open and accepting of different faiths, Block insisted on a strict rule of non-sectarianism in her philanthropy. Because of this, a non-denominational chapel was dedicated in her name on campus.
“Do all the good you can for people while they are living, don’t wait until they are dead,” said Block. “Flowers are for the living. Strew them where they will brighten someone’s life.”
The roof, walls, and foundation need significant structural reinforcement and, the electrical plumbing and heating systems need to be upgraded.
In efforts to make the building more comfortable and accessible to all students and community members, the Chapel will need several upgrades many of which are to become ADA compliant. DelVal would like to update the Chapel to give students a welcoming place for mental clarity, meditation and spirituality.
The Chapel’s Importance to DelVal
Since its creation, DelVal students have used the Chapel as a non-denominational place of spirituality and a space for mental clarity. The Chapel is also being used by DelVal Greek Life for gatherings and by IMPACT, a faith-based student club. IMPACT offers non-denominational services where students share life experiences and stories of overcoming challenges in inspirational sermons.
DelVal continues to exemplify the teachings of Rabbi Krauskopf and his belief in the importance of an acceptance of diverse worldviews.
Students today are facing challenges such as the pandemic, social and political difficulties, as well as societal issues. College students face many stressful situations that can feel overwhelming, especially in the age of social media.
At DelVal, the goal is to use the chapel to offer a comfortable place for students to relax and engage in mental and spiritual self-care.
The Chapel Challenge
As part of our 125th Anniversary celebration we are raising funds to restore the Chapel. We have the opportunity to jump start the renovation of the Chapel due to a generous challenge match from Mr. Richard (Dick) Millham, a member of DelVal's Center for Learning in Retirement, community philanthropist, and member of the Doylestown Historical Society. Mr. Millham has pledged $40,000 to the Chapel renovation based on DelVal raising $40,000 through fundraising.
Please consider donating to the Chapel Challenge as we encourage students to prioritize their inner peace this year. It is our goal that the restored chapel will become a place of peace and contemplation for everyone. The Chapel may be used for student faith-centered groups, organized meditation, peaceful reflection and social justice discussions. We want the Chapel to serve as a safe place for people with different views to come together for civil discourse. DelVal is committed to making the Chapel a place for peace and healing in stressful times for the community.
There are naming opportunities starting at $500. For information please contact Rachel Mauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.489.2977.