Among the many collections to explore, the archives of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society (DJHS), located in the Aaron Family JCC, houses a collection from the Skibell-Goldstein family, chronicling the history of this large Jewish family from the late 1800s to early 1970s. The collection includes a large number of photographs (some from the 1870s) and documents (letters, government certificates, two wedding ketubahs – one from 1911 and another from 1941), as well as a number of artifacts, including a Russian Chumash, dating back to the 1800s. The Goldstein family traces its roots in Dallas back to the late 1800s when the patriarch of the family, Jacob Goldstein, immigrated to the United States from Russia through the port of Castle Garden, NY in 1882. In 1910, one of Jacob’s five children, Isaac Goldstein, married into another prominent immigrant family, the Skibelski family, who changed their name to Skibell upon entry into the United States. Isaac and his wife, Ida, had five children – Jacob, Hilda, Sylvan, Mitchell, and Rhea Leah. All three of the sons served in the military during World War II. A notable artifact in this collection – a World War II medical kit – belonged to Isaac…
Tina Wasserman was born in 1948 in Hempstead, Long Island. Having grown up in a family that was heavily involved in the Jewish community, she continued this way of life in her adult years. Tina met her husband, Richard, at a USY convention and after many moves throughout the years, they ultimately settled in Dallas in 1982 when her husband was offered a job at Southwestern University. Through Tina’s hard work and passion for teaching and cooking, she became the food columnist for Reform Judaism Magazine, a frequent lecturer, and has authored two cook books. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Joel Batalsky was born in 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father passed away when Joel was just five years old, and Joel grew up in an orphanage while having his mother by his side. A strong man, Joel received a wrestling scholarship to Temple University. He joined the military after studying business administration and accounting and graduating college in 1962. Joel and his wife have been heavily involved in the Jewish community in Dallas as active members of Temple Emanu-El, the Jewish Community Center, and various veterans organizations. Joel is a proud Jew and American, inspiring many with his desire to act with kindness and to repair the world around him. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Dr. Alan Menter and his wife, Pam, were one of the earliest Jewish families from South Africa to arrive in Dallas, thanks to a fellowship opportunity at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 1973. Since their arrival, the Menter family has been actively involved in Jewish communal life, including Temple Shalom and AJC. Dr. Menter, born in England in 1941 and a former member of the South African National Rugby team, is a renowned dermatologist and authority on psoriasis as a serious immune-mediated disease. Click on the image to watch the video or click here.
Bill Gutow was born in 1941 in Dallas, Texas, to Texas transplants — his father was born in New Jersey and his mother in Toronto. Bill attended Hillcrest High School and then the University of Texas followed by Southern Methodist University Law School, and graduated law school in 1965. He met his wife, Barbara, while she was working as a teacher. Bill was on the board of the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, and has served Dallas’s Jewish community alongside his wife as a strong advocate of education. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Carole Wolanow was born in 1946 in Los Angeles, California. Carole has passionately involved herself in many organizations within the Dallas Jewish community and also has served on the boards of different national organizations. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Edward Stone was born in 1941 in Houston, Texas, and eventually moved with his family back to Texas in the summer of 1975. A hard-working man, Edward made it his mission to give back to the community and thus he has become a highly active member in Dallas’s Jewish community. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Karen Stern z”l was born in 1942 in Cleveland, OH, and moved to Dallas with her family when she was four years old. Karen was very interested in social justice and became a school teacher in the Dallas area, having experienced integration among the schools. Karen formed strong connections and had a huge impact on the lives of many through her work at Dallas’ Jewish Community Center, where she served as the Executive Vice President beginning in 1989. Her other positions included serving as Interim Executive Director at the Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, CA, and as Texas Regional Director for the American Jewish Congress. She volunteered her time with the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and also served as the president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation for eight years, forming the South Central Region. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.