Jewish Studies Reading Room slated for Fall dedication

The long-awaited Jewish Studies Reading Room is about to become a reality, thanks to a gift by Susan and William Yarmuth. The Yarmuths’ gift will be used to “build out” the 2,800-square-foot space on the third floor of Ekstrom Library, adding shelves, chairs, and tables, but also to set up an endowment for maintaining the room and growing the collection.

An artist's rendering of the proposed Jewish Studies Reading Room at Ekstrom Library (photo provided by the University of Louisville)

On June 21, UofL officials announced that the long-awaited Jewish Studies Reading Room is slated to be dedicated this Fall, thanks to a generous gift by Susan and William Yarmuth, as well Rabbi Robert and Deborah Slosberg's donation of their book collection. Originally proposed by Dr. Natalie Polzer, Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities, the 2,800-square-foot reading room will be located on the third floor of Ekstrom Library and will serve as a venue for public events, including the Naamani Memorial Lecture, the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Lecture, and the new Albert and Anita Goldin Endowment for Yiddish Culture series.

As Dr. Ranen Omer-Sherman, the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies, notes, “We hope that this warm and attractive space, which will be open to all UofL students—Jewish or not—will arouse their curiosity about Jewish life and culture and perhaps encourage them to take advantage of our rich Jewish studies offerings in the classroom and beyond.”

More information about the Jewish Studies Reading Room can be found at https://jewishlouisville.org/52791-2/.