Recently, I was looking through the archives when I stumbled upon a file labeled “JFK”. I assumed it was about the assassination, maybe a newspaper article or a witness testimony from somebody who was there. Instead, what I found was an invitation for someone to attend the inauguration in DC. It stood out to me, not because it was odd that a Jew from Dallas was close enough to be invited, but because it was a glimpse of a world where the words “Dallas” and “Kennedy” could be mentioned in the same sentence without automatically causing us to think about murder and conspiracy theories. One of the interesting things about working in an archive is that you get to not only learn about different people in history, but you also get a glimpse at what the world looked like through their eyes.
The Dallas Jewish Historical Society was established
in 1971 with the mission of “preserving the precious
past as a living legacy for our community.” The
agency is the only one that actively collects, preserves,
and records the history of the entire Greater Dallas
Jewish Community for research purposes. The Dallas
Jewish Historical Society is a partner agency of the
Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and is primarily
supported by membership contributions.