Ethel Gruen was born in 1920 in New York City. She attended Julia Richman High School in downtown New York, which was the first time she and her twin brother, Sam, had been separated. Afterwards she went to Hunter College and married her husband, Ronnie z”l, in 1942. They settled down in New York and Ronnie was exempt from army service because he was a tool and dye maker. Ethel and her husband have always been very important advocates of Jewish education, having supported the Dallas Jewish community and its institutions like Akiba and Yavneh Academies in addition to Yeshiva University in New York. Ronnie and Ethel were involved with the establishment and development of both Akiba Academy and Congregation Beth Torah and have served as major philanthropists in the Jewish community. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Jack Greenberg was born in 1927 in Iowa City and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa. His father worked for a chain of women’s ready-to-wear clothing stores where Jack’s mother worked as well. Jack attended high school in Illinois where he was one of five Jewish kids at the high school. He went to the University of Iowa for three years, then Washington University for one year, followed by U.S. Army service from 1950-1953, during which time he was stationed in Georgia. He worked at Neiman Marcus department store when he and his family first came to Dallas until his family opened up a women’s clothing store in Dallas and later worked for Charles Curtain Company for 32 years. Jack and his wife, Carole, have three children. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Barnett Goodstein was born in 1921 in Dallas, Texas. At the age of four and a half, he moved with his family to New York for a few years as a result of his father’s work with the Sun Star Manufacturing Company. Barnett graduated from high school in 1938 and attended Rice University as a pre-law student. However, he became enamored with economics and decided to transfer from Rice to the University of Texas at Austin for its economics program, finishing with his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 1942. That same year he enlisted in the Air Force and later began teaching economics at both SMU and the University of Dallas. Barnett and his wife, Mira, were married by Rabbi Lefkowitz at Temple Emanu-El in 1947. In 1949, he started studying at the University of Wisconsin to obtain his Ph.D. in economics while simultaneously teaching. Barnett finished law school in 1957 and became a practicing lawyer shortly thereafter. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Lois Goldberg was born in 1928 in Corsicana, Texas, and raised in Fort Worth. Her dad was a traveling businessman who served in World War I and was stationed in South Texas. Lois attended elementary school in Dallas followed by Forest Avenue High School. She recalls being in Boston at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Lois went to the University of Texas and married her husband, Bob, at the age of 18 after Bob returned from the Navy. Lois has always been involved with various youth groups in the community, specifically working as an advisor to B’nai B’rith Youth in her later years. Lois and Bob raised one daughter and two sons, all of whom followed their parents’ example of community involvement. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.