Karen Glanger was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. After graduating high school studying economics and mercantile law, her family moved to Johannesburg, where she attended and later graduated from business school. She married her husband, Trevor Glanger z”l, in Johannesburg and they lived in Cape Town for their first year of marriage. Karen ran a branch of a medical distributors company and later worked for her husband’s electronics distribution business, running the accounting section. In 1976, at age 26, they began looking into moving to the United States, eventually settling in Dallas with their two young children. The Glangers started the first video store in Dallas, “Videoland”, a consumer electronics retailer, which grew immensely. An enthusiastic woman, Karen has been a great supporter of the Dallas Jewish community. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Cecelia Feld was born in 1942 in the Bronx. By the time she was in junior high, Cecelia’s artistic talents were revealed. At the suggestion of her teacher, she attended the High School of Music and Art where she majored in art. Upon graduating, she attended Hunter College and received her BA in Art, while simultaneously minoring in Education. She went to the University of North Texas for graduate school and received a Master of Fine Arts degree. Cecelia has been primarily a painter, printmaker, and photographer, and she sells and exhibits her artwork. She moved to Dallas in 1969 with her husband, Stanley, a retired endocrinologist, who started the first private endocrinology practice in Dallas in 1970. She and Stanley have two children, both raised in Dallas. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Eli Davidsohn, one of three children, was born in 1943 in La Paz, Bolivia, and was raised in Lima, Peru, where he lived until the age of eighteen. His parents ended up in Bolivia after having escaped Nazi Germany; his father became a mining engineer. Eli has played the accordion from the time he was a little boy, and has always loved leading services with his musical talents. Eli attended a Jewish day school in Bolivia, but shares that he experienced much anti-semitism in the country. He decided to move to America and ended up in Houston. Eli served in the U.S. Army, worked for General Dynamics in Fort Worth, and then married two months after the completion of his service. He is a proud father of four and grandfather of many, and continues to share his contagious energy and passion through his teaching and song-leading. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Carol Alkek was born in 1941 in Dallas, Texas, to her parents who came to the United States in 1938. Carol graduated from Highland Park High School, the University of Texas at Austin in 1963, and then went to Houston, and later Irving, to teach. Carol taught for many years and has worked in corporate training for 30 years. She has a real passion for classical music and has been a big part of Dallas’s Jewish Community through her participation in organizations such as Temple Emanu-El, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the American Jewish Committee, among others. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.