The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies is a thriving hub for the study and appreciation of Jewish culture, history, and society. Learn how you can support the Center's mission to make the University of Texas at Austin a continued center of excellence in research and teaching of Jewish Studies.

Become a Friend

Friends of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies support our mission by engaging with the research and teaching in Jewish studies at UT Austin. Friends are invited to stay connected to the Center in person by attending our lectures, lunch talks, receptions, and symposia, or online by watching recordings of events and keeping up with Center news from your own home. Friends help spread the word about our scholarly activities and events in their communities thereby making more people aware that we have a center for excellence in Jewish Studies right here in the State of Texas.

How Can I Help?

Become a friend of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies by making an annual contribution of $180 or more. You can sign up online by emailing Galit Pedahzur at

For your annual membership ($180),
you will receive:

- Schusterman Center Annual Newsletter (published in August/September).
- Special invitation to receptions and major events such as the Gale Family Foundation Annual      Lectureship in Jewish Studies, the Kasman Family Lecture Series on East European Jewish Life and Culture, the Israel in Context Lecture Series, and Tarbut: Hebrew Arts & Culture Lecture Series.
- Monthly event calendar and news updates (online only).


Every year, the Schusterman Center brings significant scholars, film, performances, and artists to campus. We host events such as:

UT Jews in the Civil Rights Era

Zionism and Antisemitism:
Ideologies or Emotions?
Dr. Derek J. Penslar

The Future of Israeli Democracy
Yossi-Klein Halevi
Israeli Journalist & Author

Antisemitism Here and Now
Dr. Deborah Lipstadt

Who Will Write Our History?

Annual Commemoration of the
November Pogrom

Sephardic Songs: Myths and Realities
Dr. Edwin Seroussi (Hebrew University)

Email Galit Pedahzur at to become a Friend of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies today.