Dr. Deby Roitman

Dr. Deby Roitman is Strategic Advisor at Universidad Hebraica, Mexico and an Advisor at the Museo Interactivo Judío de Chile. Deby holds a Ph.D. in Sociology with specialization in Jewish identity and the Holocaust.

Eli Davidsohn

Eli Davidsohn was born in La Paz, Bolivia, and was raised in Lima, Peru until the age of 18. He has played the accordion from the time he was a little boy, and loves sharing his contagious energy and passion through his music.

¡Viva Shalom! Co-Chairs

Fonda Schepps Arbetter, Jeanette Pincus, and Susan Schackman

You’re Invited!

Thursday, May 27, 2021

¡Viva Shalom!
Celebrating Latin American Jews in Dallas…
A Virtual Extravaganza


Featuring: Guest Speaker, Dr. Deby Roitman; Entertainer, Eli Davidsohn; excerpts from Oral History interviews of local Latin American Jews; and many exciting raffle opportunities.



Latin American Jewish Community Survey

What is One Story at a Time? 

“One Story at a Time… ¡Viva Shalom! Celebrating Latin American Jews in Dallas” honors the vibrant Latin American Jewish community in Dallas through our Oral History project. Come hear their stories of how and why they made the decision to come to Dallas.


A Brief History: 

Although most people assume that most Jews in Latin America came from Spain or Portugal with explorers of the New World, in fact the largest populations in Latin America were due to the influx of Jewish refugees during the late 19th century, and the mass emigration of European Jews during and after World War II.

The largest communities were located in Suriname and Brazil, and many immigrants were drawn to Jewish communities in the Caribbean and Central and South America, where Dutch and English control created an atmosphere of tolerance.

Today, the largest populations of Latin American Jews are located in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, with Argentina considered to be the center of Jewish population in Latin America.

Diamante     $5,000   |   Private historic Jewish Dallas bus tour for up to 18 people, inclusion on all DJHS media for one year, Sponsor highlight at the event, ¡Viva Shalom! Treat Box, gift certificate for “Dinner for 4” from A Taste of the World, and a full-page ad on back cover of ¡Viva Shalom! Cookbook

Zafiro     $3,000   |   Private Genealogy session, event & media recognition, website link, ¡Viva Shalom! Treat Box, Appetizer box from A Taste of the World, and a full-page ad on inside front cover of ¡Viva Shalom! Cookbook

Rubí     $1,500   |   Private Preservation 101 or Document/Photo Scanning Session, website link, event & media recognition, Dessert box from A Taste of the World, ¡Viva Shalom! Treat Box

Esmeralda     $750   |   Website link, event recognition, ¡Viva Shalom! Treat Box

Topacio     $360   |   Event recognition, ¡Viva Shalom! Treat Box

Individual Ticket     $118   |   ¡Viva Shalom! Treat Box

* ¡Viva Shalom! Treat Box delivery contingent upon RSVP by May 17th




RAFFLE DRAWING: Enter to win one of our many exciting raffle prizes!
1 Ticket for $25 | 5 Tickets for $100


George Tobolowsky sculpture • Morton Rachofsky z”l sculpture • Jeff Rosenfeld sculpture • Glass Art pieces by Gary Eisenstat, Fanny Hartman, & Jeff Rasansky • ¡Viva Shalom! Wine Reserve – 4 bottles assorted Latin American Kosher (Meshuval) Wines • 6 tickets to Dallas Arboretum • 2 tickets to Nasher Sculpture Center • Plus, any further items received after RSVP deadline.

Our Vision:

To help connect present and future generations with Jewish Dallas


Our Mission:

To preserve and protect collections of written, visual and audible materials that document the history of the Dallas Jewish community, to make these materials available to the public and researchers, and to keep the past as a living legacy for our community


What is the Dallas Jewish Historical Society?

            •    DJHS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
            •    We acquire and preserve personal papers, organizational records, photographs, and memorabilia documenting Dallas Jewish community history.
            •    We serve as an educational research center for historians, writers, students, and genealogists.
            •    We provide an Annual Lecture series, workshops, and other community programming.
            •    We record and make available the oral history interviews of individuals and families in the Dallas Jewish community.
            •    We present exhibits on various aspects of Dallas Jewish community history.
            •    We are a community partner of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

Calling for recipes from our community!

In conjunction with the Dallas Jewish Historical Society’s ¡Viva Shalom! celebration of all Latin American Jewish people living in North Texas, we are asking for your favorite family recipe that celebrates your unique heritage.


What is one food or food dish that represents your Latin American Jewish identity? How does this food item embrace and/or showcase who you are? Compiled by Dallas Jewish Historical Society, the ¡Viva Shalom! Cookbook will be a collection of recipes and food stories gathered from the Jewish and Latin American communities of DFW. The project aims to celebrate our unique and shared heritages through our cuisine and the stories we share.

Not only is food a way to break barriers and build relationships, but it’s also a way in which stories of culture and traditions are shared. Through print and online mediums, the ¡Viva Shalom! Cookbook will aim to showcase the diverse members of our Latin American Jewish community, foster a sense of community by encouraging dialogue on how our identities are shaped by our food traditions and culture, and promote the cooking and sharing of meals.


As our community gets ready to celebrate Passover, and we gather with our families in person, or virtually, it would be a great time to talk about recipes that are special to your family. We hope you’ll share these time honored traditions with DJHS!


Please submit your recipes with a short paragraph about the country you come from and how it’s influenced you, or a memory of growing up there, and why this recipe reminds you of home. Submit by email at info@djhs.org.

Recipes and info due no later than May 17th.