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Vol. X, no. 2

TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition    

November 1998
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Jewish Studies Library Created With Major Gifts

    
   
As an integral part of the initiative to develop a Jewish Studies program at TCU and the Brite Divinity School, two magnificent endowed gifts have created the Jack B. Friedman Judaica Library. Jack B. Friedman of Longview, Texas has given $200,000 to endow this special collection in honor of his daughter Barbie Friedman Rakoover '67 of Fort Worth. In addition, he has created a testamentary trust which is valued at $800,000 in support of the Library. Barbie Rakoover and her husband Burt have also committee $50,000 for the Friedman Judaica Library. The Library will serve as a repository of individual and collected works in Jewish thought, theology, scholarship and literature to support teaching and research in Jewish Studies. For the present, the Judaica collection will be intermingled with TCU's religion collection in the Mary Couts Burnett Library. Perhaps in the future, a separate area may be home to the Friedman Library.

    The Brite Divinity School already has an existing collection of over 5,000 holdings in Judaica. Additional resources made possible by the Friedman Library endowment gifts will equip the Library with CD-ROM materials, as well as contemporary rabbinical commentaries, expositions and other works. After the holder of the Rosenthal Chair in Judaic Studies is identified in two years, that person will play an important role in developing the collections of the Friedman Library to compliment the work of Jewish Studies teaching and research.

    Giving leadership to the creation of the Library is an active group of Jewish community leaders who serve as volunteers on the Jewish Studies Committee for TCU. The co-chairs of the Library Subcommittee for that group are Monica "Posy" McMillen and Dr. David Cristol. Under their direction, a Friends of Judaica library group is being formed, with a mailing to solicit memberships being sent in early 1999. The group will function as part of the University and Brite Divinity School and will work with the Friends of the TCU Library on projects and programs in the future.

Jack Friedman
Jack B. Friedman
Barbie Rakoover Friedman
Barbie Rakoover Friedman, '67

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