The University of Texas will soon boast the state’s first center for Jewish studies. The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation has provided a $6 million initial challenge grant, and the university has pledged to raise the remaining $6 million over the next five years. The center, which will be housed in the Religious Studies Department of the College of Liberal Arts, will have three endowed chairs: Jewish history, Jewish thought and text studies. It also will support professorships in social science and literature. Noting that U of T has more than 4,000 Jewish students, foundation president Lynn Schusterman said the school is “the ideal venue for a world-class Jewish studies center” that will become “an international beacon for Jewish studies.”
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