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Jaime Hazan-Cohen

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Jaime Hazan-Cohen was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to the U.S. in October of 1960. He initially lived in Florida and then relocated to Dallas. Jaime’s father was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and his mother was born in Cuba. Jaime went to law school in Havana, then to Southern Methodist University in Texas and following that worked as an accountant. He later opened a wholesale textile business with his brother and father. Jaime met his wife, Esther, in Dallas at the age of 30 and they married a year later. He is an active member of Congregation Tiferet Israel, has served on the boards of both Akiba Academy and Tiferet Israel, and has supported other community organizations alongside his wife. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Zona Pidgeon

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Zona Pidgeon, originally from San Antonio, is an active volunteer in the Dallas Jewish community.  Zona and her family are generous supporters of many organizations, giving both time and funding for a variety of projects. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Jack Bell

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The son of two Holocaust survivors, Jack Bell was born in Poland in 1944 in a little town on the German Polish border. After the war, he and his family lived in a suburb of Munich, Germany, but in June of 1949, Jack’s family moved to Dallas and experienced a completely new lifestyle. After attending Hillcrest High School, Jack graduated from the University of North Texas and married his wife, Louise, the following day at Temple Emanu-El. Jack has been a financial advisor and stock broker for over twenty two years. He has deep ties to his roots and his family’s past and has served as president at the Dallas Holocaust Center. There he feels he was able to merge the Holocaust Center with the second generation of Holocaust survivors. He has also served many other Jewish organizations in Dallas, including Jewish Family Service and its adoption committee. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Robert Strauss

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Robert Strauss was an FBI agent, a successful lawyer, Chairman of the Democratic Party and a friend of U.S. Presidents of every stripe. In part 1 of his Oral History interview he talks of his roots in Texas and tells some of the stories for which he was well known. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Clint Risner

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Clint Risner was born in 1939 in Oklahoma. He has been a very active and important member of Dallas’s Jewish community, specifically with the Dallas Jewish Historical Society and the Jewish Community Center. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Alan Sandler

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A native of South Africa, Alan Sandler and his family came to Dallas in 1981, and he has been an active member of a variety of Jewish organizations and congregations throughout Dallas. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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