Herzstein Foundation Caps $1 Million Goal for Jewish Literature and Culture Initiative
The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation of Houston has made a gift of $200,000 to the Ransom Center's Jewish Literature and Culture Fund, completing the goal of $1,000,000. In recognition, the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System has named the endowment in honor of the Herzstein family: the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation of Houston, Jewish Literature and Culture Fund.
The Herzstein Fund will be used for acquisitions, exhibitions, public access, preservation, and promotion of the study of Jewish culture. Richard Lowenstern, Director of the Foundation, explained, "The Herzsteins' philanthropy reflected their modest roots and self-effacing personalities through their support of education and strong beliefs in free enterprise and the American way of life."
Other major donors to the endowment include the Dorot Foundation of Rhode Island, the Gale Foundation of Beaumont, the Max and Lottie Glazer Foundation of Dallas, and Mr. Edmund Hoffman of Dallas.
The Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation of Tulsa and the Feldman Foundation of Dallas will have their leadership gifts to the Herzstein Fund acknowledged with rooms named in their family's honor in the newly designed research wing. The new facility, to be dedicated as The David Nathan Meyerson Memorial Research Wing, will have the photography and art seminar room named The Jack and Maxine Zarrow Seminar Room, and another large seminar room designated In Memory of Jacob Feldman, The Feldman Foundation.
Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley said, "This completes what has been a rewarding initiative that will help strengthen and solidify our collections in this vital collection area. We are excited about increasing our research capacity and attracting the attention of scholars worldwide."