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One Story at a Time…A Mosaic of our Dallas Jewish Community

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Date: Sept 30, 2014 Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Location: Communities Foundation of Texas “One Story at a Time…A Mosaic of Our Dallas Jewish Community” honors those individuals who have shared their lives and their family stories with the DJHS since 2010 through our Oral History project. On a remarkable day in 1971, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society was founded; its mission that of “preserving the precious past as a living legacy for the Dallas Jewish community.” The commitment to that legacy commenced the documentation of oral histories of men and women throughout the greater Dallas Jewish community. In 2009, we honored those whose stories began our oral history program. And now nearly 500 oral interviews later the Dallas Jewish community will come together to honor “Natives to Newcomers” whose incredible stories celebrate our history, our diversity and their wealth of dedication to making our community and cities a better place. Please join us! Tickets Available Starting at $65.

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Fonda Schepps Arbetter

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Fonda Schepps Arbetter was born in 1956 in Dallas, Texas. Her great-grandparents, Nathan and Freida Schepps, founded Schepps Dairy in Russia before coming to Texas and continuing the family business. Fonda attended preschool at Congregation Shearith Israel and years later met her husband at one of the singles’ events she had put together at the Jewish Community Center. Fonda has been a very active member in the Jewish community, having been inspired by her father’s involvement and hard work. She has been on the Board of Directors for Congregation Shearith Israel and has displayed leadership in many other Jewish organizations. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Dallas Jewish Journey

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A Dallas Jewish Journey is the Dallas Jewish Historical Society’s video project, produced locally by Media Projects, Inc. Allen & Cynthia Salzman Mondell have been making award-winning docudramas and documentary films and videos for over 30 years. This DVD takes you from the beginnings of the Dallas Jewish community to the more recent community we know today; through photographs, news events and personal stories, narrated by renowned actor Stephen Tobolowsky (a home-grown member of the Dallas Jewish community.) This is the first 2 minutes to the Dallas Jewish Journey. https://www.facebook.com/DallasJewishHistoricalSociety/videos

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Uptown’s Pike Park: Little Jerusalem to Little Mexico, 100 years of Settlement

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The Dallas Mexican American Historical League and the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, in collaboration with the Latino Cultural Center, are proud to announce an important joint multi-media exhibit centered on life around Pike Park. The exhibit will be on display at the Latino Cultural Center located at 2600 Live Oak from September 12 through October 18, 2014. A press preview will be held on Friday, September 12 and a grand opening reception for the public will be held on Thursday evening, September 18, 2014. Sol Villasana, author of the book, Dallas’s Little Mexico, will be one of the guest speakers in the Jesse Tafalla Lecture Series that will accompany the exhibit. The full schedule of speakers and dates will be announced later. The exhibit will trace the roots of Jewish and Mexican immigrants, honoring community life in an area of Dallas most recently known as Little Mexico. Many don’t realize that the area surrounding Pike Park was initially settled in the late 1800’s by poor Eastern European Jewish immigrants and was alternately referred to as Little Jerusalem, Goose Valley or Frogtown. With a solid sense of commitment to one another and strong family ties, the Jewish settlers became established. The…

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