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Meet the Women: Who is Karen Shosid Weinreb?

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Biennially, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society honors members of the Dallas community who embody philanthropy and humanitarianism with the Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award. This year’s honorees are four outstanding women who have dedicated their lives to others within the Jewish and general Dallas communities. Continue reading to learn about one of this year’s recipients. Karen Shosid Weinreb has been a proud member of the Dallas Jewish Community since childhood. She is a graduate of W.T. White High School (1981) and the University Texas at Austin (1985), where she was a member of the Sigma Delta Tau Sorority.  Karen went on to work at The Greensheet in their marketing department. She later left to pursue her greatest passion, motherhood. Karen is the proud mom of Zach, Carly, & Kyle as well as newer additions, AJ and Jackie. As the kids grew up, she was highly involved in their school communities at Levine Academy (Solomon Schechter), Rosemary Haggar Elementary, Frankford Middle School, & Greenhill School. Karen remains an active member of Temple Emanuel and a supporter of The Aaron Family JCC. She recently co-chaired the YES event for The Legacy and has been an unwavering advocate for The Vogel Alcove, Jewish…

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Meet the Women: Who is Susan Shosid Bendalin?

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Biennially, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society honors members of the Dallas community who embody philanthropy and humanitarianism with the Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award. This year’s honorees are four outstanding women who have dedicated their lives to others within the Jewish and general Dallas communities. Continue reading to learn about one of this year’s recipients. Susan Shosid Bendalin has seen the value of philanthropy and commitment to the Jewish community from both sides of the table.  A former Campaign Associate for the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Susan went on to become the Development Director for Akiba Academy and later staffed the Federation’s !00th Anniversary Archive Committee.  Putting on her volunteer hat, Susan participated in the Leadership Development Group of the Jewish Federation and was a co-chair of the Women-to-Women Fundraising Luncheon for Jewish Family Services.  An active member of the Jewish Community Center and a tennis program participant, Susan has given a great deal of time and effort to supporting the J, serving as a past member of the Board of Directors.  In addition, Susan was twice a co-chair of the JCC’s annual “Be” event fundraiser as well as chairing the Jewish Arts Fest and serving on the Maccabi…

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Meet the Women: Who is Brenda Weinfeld Bliss?

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Biennially, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society honors members of the Dallas community who embody philanthropy and humanitarianism with the Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award. This year’s honorees are four outstanding women who have dedicated their lives to others within the Jewish and general Dallas communities. Continue reading to learn about one of this year’s recipients. Brenda Weinfeld Bliss has had a passion and desire to work with children and those with special needs throughout her life.  Her early years as a JCC Camp Counselor and those at Muscular Dystrophy Camp led Brenda to pursue an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin and later to receive a Masters Degrees in both Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology through UTD, The Callier Center for Communication Disorders.  Brenda’s experience in Los Angeles gaining specialized training in cochlear implant rehabilitation led to her own private practice, specializing in working with children with speech, language, and hearing disorders, where she currently leads a staff of ten speech/language pathologists.  Due to her expertise, Brenda has presented workshops all over the world including in Vietnam, Thailand and Innsbruck, speaking on cochlear implant rehabilitation and auditory-verbal therapy.  Locally, Brenda provides speech and hearing screenings…

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Meet the Women: Who is Melissa Weinfeld Ackerman?

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Biennially, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society honors members of the Dallas community who embody philanthropy and humanitarianism with the Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award. This year’s honorees are four outstanding women who have dedicated their lives to others within the Jewish and general Dallas communities. Continue reading to learn about one of this year’s recipients. Melissa Weinfeld Ackerman grew up in Dallas and is a graduate of UT-Austin (1979) with a degree in Marketing.  She worked as a buyer for the Horchow Collection and traveled the world looking for special items for the catalogs.  Melissa has been volunteering in the Dallas Jewish community for nearly 40 years, and credits Ann Loeb Sikora as being one of her earliest mentors.  Her parents, Jean and Bob Weinfeld, have always given their time generously as volunteers and set a wonderful example of giving back to the community.  Melissa has served on the Jewish Federation Board of Directors and has been active in several Divisions. Winner of both the Campaigner of the Year Award and the Bess Nathan Young Leadership Award from the Federation, she also served as a member of the UJA National Young Women’s Leadership Cabinet.  A past member of the Board…

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From the Archive: Evelyn Sanger Badt’s Majolica Plate Set, c. 1924

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Evelyn Sanger Badt was born in 1912 and died in 1995, at 82.  She was the daughter of Ike and Maybelle Sanger and married Sig Badt, Jr. Her father is not Issac, or I. L., Sanger of the famed Sanger Bros., rather the nephew and namesake of I.L.  And, she wasn’t the only Evelyn of the Sanger empire. A different Evelyn Sanger, wife of Elihu Sanger, is referenced in They Came to Stay, “The Jews who Built Dallas,” and “Merchant Princes.”  However, Evelyn and Sig Badt were both prominent within Jewish Dallas, and Dallas at large. As Rose Biderman remarks, the Sangers are the closest thing Dallas ever had to royalty. Their homes, and those of their extended family, as well as their furnishings, and other belongings were luxurious and statement-making. Evelyn and Sig’s set of Majolica plates are no exception. “Majolica” refers to a style of ceramic wear that originated in Spain and Portugal in the 13th century. Its meaning has since evolved to include a broader range of decorative and functional pottery created in Italy during the Renaissance, in the Victorian era across Europe and the United Kingdom in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The style…

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Shirley Tobolowsky

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Shirley Tobolowsky Shirley was born late 1920s and grew up in Chicago with her three sisters. She attended the University of Michigan. She visited Dallas in 1950 where she met Edwin Tobolowsky and married him few months later. She was actively involved in V&A, Senior citizens of Greater Dallas, CJW and Sisterly’s Women Council. She also organized a brown-bag project where they helped people understand their medications. She is also involved in an education project called “Scholarchips” where the head of various organizations motivate the middle & high school kids to learn technology and gives a chance to students to ask questions. She loves art and is considered as a career woman Published on Oct 22, 2018 Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Derval Kirshenbaum

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Derval Kirshenbaum Derval grew up in South Africa. Her father had a huge departmental store just outside of Cape Town, South Africa. Her husband proposed her when she was 19 years. They got married and had three sons. They had 13 stores of their own in South Africa but had to leave the country due to the increasing crime rate. They moved to US in 1993 and settled in Dallas since then. Published on Apr 25, 2016 Click on the image to watch the video, or click here  

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Gary Kirshenbaum

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Gary Kirshenbaum Gary was born in 1970 and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa in a Jewish community. He remembers South Africa as a great country in terms of nature, geography and climate. Gary also recalls his first trip to Israel when he was 6 years of age. After finishing high school in Johannesburg, Gary went to college for a business degree and then went to army for a year before he started working for his father in retail. His family moved to Dallas in 1993 because of the increasing crime and riots in South Africa. Published on Apr 24, 2016. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Harriet Whiting

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Harriet grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. She got married and had three sons. Because of the political unrest in the country they decided to move to the US in 1977. Her husband who is a physician was offered a job in Dallas at that time. She is actively involved in the Jewish Community in Dallas and believes in celebrating all Jewish holidays and following the traditions.                                                    Published on Sep 20, 2018                                                    Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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