Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies dedicates the Nathan I. Snyder Library
Posted: May 29, 2009
As cataloguer and bibliographer at the University of Texas Libraries, Snyder built a collection of Jewish resources enriching the Yiddish collection as well as adding rare historical and religious texts. When illness forced him to make a move that displaced his own Judaica collection totaling approximately 3,000 volumes, he gave his personal library to the Schusterman Center. In its own right a rich and wide-ranging treasure, this collection has become the seed of a growing library and meeting place for Jewish Studies faculty and students.
"Nathan's vision, his knowledge of all things Jewish, and his persistence in finding the means to collect books and other materials, have made all that we do at the center realizable," said Robert Abzug, director of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies. "He has made it possible to advance research and comprehensive teaching in the broadest fields of Jewish history, culture and religion."
The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies provides a multidisciplinary curriculum for students at the university and an innovative crossroads for research on the study of Jewish life in the Americas, its place in Jewish history, and its contemporary and future relationship to the State of Israel. The founding of the center was made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.
Director, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies
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