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Roots to Boots–Cookies with South African flair!

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Granny Hannah’s Florentines  (courtesy of Joan Gremont) 3 cups unsalted peanuts (raw or roasted) 3 cups raisins    3 cups corn flakes   ¾ cup glace cherries (red/green), chopped small    1 can condensed milk Mix together.  Place in heaps on rice paper and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  If no rice paper is available, you can use non-stick foil or parchment paper, or even a pan that has been sprayed.  The advantage of the rice paper is that it is edible. You can dip the bottoms in a thin layer of melted chocolate.

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Treasures from the DJHS Archives – February 2016

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          Among the many collections to explore, the archives of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, located in the Aaron Family JCC, houses a collection from one of Dallas’s premier department stores of the 20th century. Titche’s, or Titche–Goettinger’s as it was known, was opened in downtown Dallas in 1902, by Edward Titche and Max Goettinger. Originally located at the corner of Elm and Murphy Streets in downtown Dallas, the store moved in 1904 to the Wilson building and then again when it built its flagship location at St. Paul Street, between Elm and Main Streets, which was then considered “Uptown”. At this new, much larger location the store successfully competed for Dallas’s growing fashion-conscious consumer and expanded the number of stores.  Over the years, Titche-Goettinger was sold to larger retail conglomerates, who later shortened the name to Titche’s when the store expanded into the suburbs in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The name was changed again from Titche’s to Joske’s (its sister department store chain) until the then-owners (Allied) sold the stores to Dillard’s in 1987.  The flagship location in downtown Dallas was closed after the Dillard’s acquisition. This collection, generously given to the DJHS by Ellis…

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A Year of Highlights by Jim Schwartz, President of DJHS

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Welcome to my first BLOG entry as President of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society!  As we approach the end of our fiscal year, I thought highlighting some of the events and individuals that made this a special year was in order. We welcomed seven talented and enthusiastic Board Members this year, whose contributions to the board have already been noteworthy.  We completed the initial phase of our strategic plan over the summer and moved into the implementation of our key initiatives. During the same, busy summer, a committee led by May Sebel and Joan Gremont  began planning our  inspiring fall event, One Story at a Time, honoring 250 individuals, natives and newcomers alike, who shared their oral histories with the DJHS over the last five years. The cocktail reception was first-class, followed by a great program. The event was well attended, received rave reviews and exceeded our fundraising goals. Also in September, DJHS and the Dallas Mexican American Historical League collaborated with the Latino Cultural Center on a 6 week, multimedia exhibit on life around Dallas’ Pike Park. The exhibit traced the roots of Jewish and Mexican immigrants, honoring community life in the area most recently known as Little Mexico. In December, our Andres Family…

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Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award Luncheon 2015

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The Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to public service, and who stand as role models for future generations.  Each honoree represents Ann Loeb Sikora’s legacy of leadership and devotion to countless causes in the Jewish and general communities. Our 2015 Honorees are remarkable women who were Elected to Make History.  

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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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