JTS Receives Generous Gift From Levinsohn Estate

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November 19, 2007, New York, NY

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The Jewish Theological Seminary has received a generous gift of $500,000 from the estate of Tres Levinsohn of New York City.

The bequest will support the acquisition of rare books and manuscripts for The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary; the creation of the Levinsohn Fund in The Rabbinical School, to provide extra stipends to JTS students spending a year of study in Israel and who have children; and general operations.

Tres Levinsohn, a professional librarian and JTS alumna, met and married her husband, Ivan, in the mid 1960s. Ivan Levinsohn, a great-nephew of Rabbi Louis Ginzberg, one of the outstanding Talmudists of the twentieth century and a member of the JTS faculty for fifty years, spent much of his childhood in the halls of JTS. For over twenty years after their marriage, the Levinsohns befriended many Rabbinical School students and their wives, discussing academic topics and hosting the young couples for Shabbat and holiday meals.

Mrs. Levinsohn predeceased her husband, leaving money in her estate to care for him throughout his lifetime. At his death, in accordance to a long and detailed will, JTS received the unexpectedly large gift in recognition of their longtime involvement in the JTS community. In addition to this bequest, in 1992 JTS received $50,000 to endow a fund that would underwrite the purchase of a tallit (prayer shawl) and tallit bag for every graduate of The Rabbinical School, and $10,000 to establish the Joel Roth Prize for an outstanding student essay in Rabbinics. The prize is in honor of Rabbi Joel Roth, Louis Finkelstein Professor of Talmud and Jewish Law at JTS and a former teacher of Mrs. Levinsohn.

Founded in 1886 as a rabbinical school, JTS today is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism worldwide, encompassing a world-class library that serves scholars across the globe, and five schools. JTS trains tomorrow's religious, educational, academic, and lay leaders for the Jewish community and beyond.

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