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1950s

Debra Polsky

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Debra Polsky, Executive Director of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, was born in New York in 1954 and moved with her family to Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the age of two. Debra moved to Dallas in 1989 for a job with B’nai Brith Youth Organization. Since then, she has profoundly influenced Jewish life in Dallas through her work with many different organizations. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Beverley Katz

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Beverley Katz was born in 1950 in South Africa. Beverley moved to Dallas in 1986, where she was an involved Jewish community member, before she and her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1998. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Rabbi Howard Wolk

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Rabbi Howard Wolk was born in 1952 in the Bronx and grew up in Queens, NY. His father, a cantor, was born in Poland and came over with his parents and siblings, while Rabbi Wolk’s mother was born in Berlin and came to America with her parents and sister before the war. Rabbi Wolk moved with his family to Dallas, where he first became the founding Rabbi of Congregation Shaare Tefilla. He always has been and continues to be a strong role model and active leader within Dallas’s Jewish community and with many organizations, including Jewish Family Service and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. As proud parents of six children, Rabbi Wolk and his wife, Annette, have had a great impact on the community and have taught many. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Jo Reingold

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Jo Reingold was born in Dallas, Texas, and has been a highly active member of the Dallas Jewish  community, with many leadership roles in various organizations. From a very young age, she has valued community service. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Janine Pulman

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Janine Pulman was born in 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri. She has worked in many capacities to improve and build up the Dallas Jewish community, in which she is an active member and supporter. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Gerry Medow

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Gerry Medow was born in 1953 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to America in 1995. As a passionate man and a lover of Judaism, Gerry has made Dallas and its Jewish community his home. This video may only be seen with the permission of the interviewee at the DJHS office.

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Brian Marcus

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Brian Marcus, born in 1953, grew up in South Africa. He moved to America with his wife, Susan, in 1977, and has been an active member in the Dallas Jewish community among many synagogues and organizations. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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