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Rabbi Simha B. Ben-Zakkai Memorial Endowment


Ben-Zakkai bookplate

Established in 1992 by Mr. Nathan I. Snyder, Hebrew Studies Bibliographer, University of Texas Libraries, in memory of his former teacher, Rabbi Simha B. Ben-Zakkai of Boston. This bequest, part of his former teacher's estate, had been sitting for years in a bank account because the rabbi, a survivor of the Holocaust, did not choose to use German war reparation funds. Mr. Snyder took this money and donated it to the University of Texas Libraries to support the purchase of Judaica, Hebraica, and Yiddica materials.

Rabbi Simha Ben-Zakkai was born in Poland in 1910 and worked as a teacher until imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. He survived the war and came to the United States in 1949. He earned a master's degree in Jewish studies from Brandeis University in 1957 and taught in the Dorchester and Mattapan Hebrew School in Boston for many years. Rabbi Ben-Zakkai died in February 1990.

This story appears courtesy of The University of Texas Libraries.

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