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Gail Bruker

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Gail Bruker Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Gail grew up in a Jewish neighborhood and attended a Jewish school. She came to US on a trip in December 1985, with her fiance and decided to settle in Dallas. She got married and started teaching in a Jewish school. She is actively involved in Jewish communities and believes in her allegiance towards Israel. Published on November 12, 2013. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Ann Loeb Sikora, a Professional Volunteer: Why We Celebrate Her Legacy

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Ann Loeb Sikora was a native Texan with roots in Ballinger and Sweetwater. After attending University of Texas – Austin, Ann returned to Sweetwater to work in her family’s business, Levy’s Department Store. Eventually, Ann made her way to Dallas where she worked in Neiman Marcus and became involved in community causes. Endearingly dubbed a “professional volunteer,” she volunteered and/or served on the Board of Directors for a plethora of organizations including: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas; Community Council of Greater Dallas; Greater Dallas Community Relations Commission; American Jewish Committee; Council of Jewish Federations; National Council of Jewish Women; Congregation Shearith Israel; and, Golden Acres –Home for the Jewish Aged. Ann passed in 2001, leaving an emptiness in all areas in which she served and big shoes to fill for her successors. Ann Loeb Sikora was loved and respected by many. Her legacy is rooted in her devotion to countless causes in the Jewish and general communities. And, her time and attention continue to resonate today. Beginning in 2002, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society initiated the Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award, which recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to public service and who stand as role models for…

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Milton Loeb, Jr.

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Milton Loeb, Jr. Milton has been a Dallas resident since he was born in 1930. He studied at Highland Park High School and later went to Tulane University where he met his wife and married her an year later in December 1954. He has been a big part of Dallas’s Jewish Community through his participation in organizations such as Temple Emanu-El and Jewish Family Service Published in January 2013. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Judith & Paul Tobolowsky

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Judith & Paul Tobolowsky Paul was born in 1947 and grew up in Dallas. He went to Southwestern Medical School in 1973 and did his internship at Boston City Hospital.Judith grew up in Brooklyn and studied speech pathology at Boston University. They met in Boston, got married and moved to Texas in 1979. They have 3 children and are active members of Jewish Community Center Published on July 1, 2014. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Joel Batalsky

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Joel Batalsky Born in 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father passed away when Joel was just five years old, and Joel grew up in an orphanage while having his mother by his side. A strong man, Joel received a wrestling scholarship to Temple University. He joined the military after studying business administration and accounting and graduating college in 1962. Joel and his wife have been heavily involved in the Jewish community in Dallas as active members of Temple Emanu-El, the Jewish Community Center, and various veterans organizations. Joel is a proud Jew and American, inspiring many with his desire to act with kindness and to repair the world around him. Published on September 30, 2015 and amended on October 19, 2018. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Norma Apt

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Norma Apt Born in Greenville, Texas in 1929, Norma grew up in Fort Worth. Her father, Meyer Abramson, was a Lithuanian immigrant who opened his own store and later founded Southland Beauty Supply, exclusively supplying Helene Curtis products to Neiman Marcus and other major retailers. Norma became a speech pathologist, having graduated from Emerson College in 1953 and also having studied at Harvard. Norma spent more than 20 years as a docent with the Dallas Holocaust Museum, and became interested in studying World War II due to her brother’s service in the military. Published on January 19, 2014. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Carol Alkek

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Carol Alkek Born in 1941 in Dallas, Texas, to her parents who came to the United States in 1938. Carol graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1963. She taught for many years and has worked in corporate training for 30 years. She has been a big part of Dallas’s Jewish Community through her participation in organizations such as Temple Emanu-El, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the American Jewish Committee, among others. Published on June 7, 2016. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Suzie Ablon

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Suzie Ablon Suzie was born in 1935 in Dallas, Texas. A natural saleswoman, she was a pivotal employee in the catering business for 35 years. She has a big passion for rhythm and dancing, has been an important contributor to the Dallas Jewish community, and led the Federation drive in 1962. Published on Jun.7, 2016. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Lois Finkelman

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Lois Finkelman Grew up in Chicago and studied at Northwestern University where she met her husband. She moved to Dallas for her husband’s pediatric residency and got involved in the League of Women Voters and National Council of Jewish Women as a volunteer.                                           Published on March 17, 2015. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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Herb Bennet

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Herb Bennet Born in 1923 in Fort Worth and grew up in the small town of Breckenridge, Texas. Herb graduated in 1940 and attended University of Texas in Austin Published on Oct.22, 2018. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here

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