DebraDebra Polsky, Executive Director

Debra became DJHS Executive Director in August 2012. After a long career in Jewish Communal Service which took her from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Omaha, Nebraska to San Francisco, California; Debra first came to Dallas as the Executive Regional Director for B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO). In addition to teaching in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School for 20 years, she has worked or volunteered for a variety of agencies including Dallas Holocaust Center, Congregation Kol Ami, JCC Dallas, JCRC, Dallas Women’s Foundation, Girl Scouts of NETexas, Center for Jewish Education/Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, and the Dallas Association of Directors of Volunteers. Debra received her Masters of Public Administration and Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.                                                                                             Contact Debra at or directly by calling 214-239-7108.

Alexis Ferguson 2015Alexis Joanna Ferguson, Archivist

Alexis returns to the DJHS after an absence to resume the leadership of our Archive Management program. Alexis received a BA in Anthropology from TCU and an MS in Library Science with a specialization in special collections, preservation, and conservation from the University of North Texas.  She has worked for the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.  Additionally, Alexis has extensive experience in cataloging, metadata creation, and volunteer management.  Contact Alexis for appointments to discuss research, volunteering and donation of items to the Archive. She is available varied hours Monday – Friday at or directly by calling 214-239-7116.

Jenny Claeys compressedJenny Claeys, Administrative Assistant

Jenny came to DJHS from Lighthouse for the Blind, where she was the Philanthropy Coordinator.  Her previous positions included stints at United Cerebral Palsy of North Texas and the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Tucson, AZ, her hometown.  Jenny’s experience includes graphic design and administrative support, which she also provided for Congregation Adat Chaverim Religious School in Plano.  She can be reached at or at the main DJHS number, 214-239-7120.