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Shirley Tobolowsky

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Shirley Tobolowsky Shirley was born late 1920s and grew up in Chicago with her three sisters. She attended the University of Michigan. She visited Dallas in 1950 where she met Edwin Tobolowsky and married him few months later. She was actively involved in V&A, Senior citizens of Greater Dallas, CJW and Sisterly’s Women Council. She also organized a brown-bag project where they helped people understand their medications. She is also involved in an education project called “Scholarchips” where the head of various organizations motivate the middle & high school kids to learn technology and gives a chance to students to ask questions. She loves art and is considered as a career woman Published on Oct 22, 2018 Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Derval Kirshenbaum

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Derval Kirshenbaum Derval grew up in South Africa. Her father had a huge departmental store just outside of Cape Town, South Africa. Her husband proposed her when she was 19 years. They got married and had three sons. They had 13 stores of their own in South Africa but had to leave the country due to the increasing crime rate. They moved to US in 1993 and settled in Dallas since then. Published on Apr 25, 2016 Click on the image to watch the video, or click here  

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Gary Kirshenbaum

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Gary Kirshenbaum Gary was born in 1970 and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa in a Jewish community. He remembers South Africa as a great country in terms of nature, geography and climate. Gary also recalls his first trip to Israel when he was 6 years of age. After finishing high school in Johannesburg, Gary went to college for a business degree and then went to army for a year before he started working for his father in retail. His family moved to Dallas in 1993 because of the increasing crime and riots in South Africa. Published on Apr 24, 2016. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Harriet Whiting

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Harriet grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. She got married and had three sons. Because of the political unrest in the country they decided to move to the US in 1977. Her husband who is a physician was offered a job in Dallas at that time. She is actively involved in the Jewish Community in Dallas and believes in celebrating all Jewish holidays and following the traditions.                                                    Published on Sep 20, 2018                                                    Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Ruth & Wally Cowan

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Born  in 1924, New Jersey. Wally was born in Hobo ken and Ruth was born in Union City. They met at a Hebrew school at the age of 10. Wally was in the Air force and flew for 37 missions during the war He got married after the war in 1947 and attended the New York University. Ruth is a physical therapist by profession and she graduated from Syracuse University in 1944. She has been very active in Judaism and was also the president of American Jewish Committee. Published on Sep 20, 2018 Click on the image to watch the video, or click here  

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Julius Red Coleman

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Julius “Red” Coleman Born in 1923 in Fairest, Texas, Julius’ father moved to Dallas, when he was 12 and started his school at John Henry Brown School. He started working at the age of 12 -delivering newspapers, worked for cleaners and sold Coca Colas. During his time in high school, he was the elected president of the freshman class. He attended University of Texas at Arlington for one semester. He started Crime Stoppers in Dallas. He got married in 1943 and has 9 grand children and 6 great grand children. Published on Sep 20, 2018 Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Howard Cohen

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Howard Cohen Howard’s father to the US from Russia and worked in a suitcase factory. Later, his father owned a suitcase factory of his own. His father had a very strict work ethic set for him. As a child, Howard used to work in his father’s factory in Chicago. His savings helped him go to Tulane University for four years where he met his wife Carol. They got married in 1964 and have 4 four children. Published on Sep 20, 2018  Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Sandra Cohen Cantor

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Sandra Cohen Cantor Sandra’s family came to US through Galveston in late 1800s and most of them are still in Texas cities like Houston, Galveston, Waxahachie and Texarkana. Her father and his brothers were involved in the candy business and started Cohen Candy Company. As a child, Sandra went to JJ Perishing elementary school and got involved with BBYO during her time at Franklin Middle School and Hillcrest High School. She started her college at University of Arizona and got involved with Hallel and UJA. She then started going to Richland Community College, Dallas where again she was an active member of Jewish community. Published on Sep 20, 2018 Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Joyce Bernard

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Joyce Bernard Joyce was born in the city of Bayonne, New Jersey and moved to Dallas with her parents and brother when she was 2.5 years old. went to Ben Milam Elementary school and Spence Junior High. She graduated from Hillcrest in 1955. She attended Oklahoma University where she met her husband. She is very actively involved with the Jewish community and volunteers at JCC. Published on Sep 20, 2018 Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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