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1894 Texas State Fair & Dallas Exposition Association

Alexander Sanger, one of the five Sanger brothers of Dallas, was in the business of dry goods and retail. He was a successful business owner, but also helped organize and start the Texas State Fair; serving as the director from its start in 1886. This coin was given to Alexander Sanger by The Texas State Fair & Dallas Exposition Association in 1894, which was its ninth year running, in appreciation of his time and efforts spent as president. The coin features Sanger’s portrait in profile in the middle of the coin.
djhs
March 31, 2020
From the Archive

Cake Topper

This wedding cake topper was bought from Neiman Marcus, and we believe it’s from the 1930s. This particular topper is made from plaster; the bride wears a tulle veil, with an arch of cut cloth flowers. Demand grew for similar matrimonial figurines in the 1920s. These early wedding cake figures could be made out of such things as wax, celluloid, plaster, paper, porcelain, etc. Annie Selikoff Laves Collection https://www.nhmagazine.com/nostalgic-figurines/
djhs
March 26, 2020
From the Archive

Dime Collector: Property of Hadassah

This dime collector was given out by Hadassah, part of the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. “The new organization's first act was to collect money and send two nurses to Palestine in 1913 to provide pasteurized milk to infants and new mothers, and to eradicate trachoma, an easily cured eye disease, that was robbing thousands of sight," This dime collector was in support of curing the eye disease, as it states: “Now is the moment, now is the time, $5.00 saves an eye, each day give a dime.” The dime collector was sent to Hadassah supporter, “Mrs. Herbert Friedman” or Sarah Bornfeld Friedman. Mrs. Friedman passed away in 2009, and her obituary states, “Sarah was a Life Member of Hadassah and an active member of Congregations Shearith Israel and Tiferet Israel and other Jewish organizations."  
djhs
March 24, 2020
Events

One Story at a Time…A Mosaic of our Dallas Jewish Community

Date: Sept 30, 2014 Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Location: Communities Foundation of Texas “One Story at a Time…A Mosaic of Our Dallas Jewish Community” honors those individuals who have shared their lives and their family stories with the DJHS since 2010 through our Oral History project. On a remarkable day in 1971, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society was founded; its mission that of “preserving the precious past as a living legacy for the Dallas Jewish community.” The commitment to that legacy commenced the documentation of oral histories of men and women throughout the greater Dallas Jewish community. In 2009, we honored those whose stories began our oral history program. And now nearly 500 oral interviews later the Dallas Jewish community will come together to honor “Natives to Newcomers” whose incredible stories celebrate our history, our diversity and their wealth of dedication to making our community and cities a better place. Please join us! Tickets Available Starting at $65.
djhs
October 16, 2014
1960soral history

Fonda Schepps Arbetter

Fonda Schepps Arbetter was born in 1956 in Dallas, Texas. Her great-grandparents, Nathan and Freida Schepps, founded Schepps Dairy in Russia before coming to Texas and continuing the family business. Fonda attended preschool at Congregation Shearith Israel and years later met her husband at one of the singles' events she had put together at the Jewish Community Center. Fonda has been a very active member in the Jewish community, having been inspired by her father's involvement and hard work. She has been on the Board of Directors for Congregation Shearith Israel and has displayed leadership in many other Jewish organizations. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here. Fonda Arbetter’s grandparents Nathan and Frieda Schepps, founders of Schepps Dairy Fonda Schepps Arbetter, her parents and brothers at her sister’s Bat Mitzvah 1975 Fonda Arbetter’s father,            Stanley Schepps z"l Jay & Fonda Arbetter with their oldest daughter, Stephanie, and Fonda's mother,  Madelyn Schepps. Stephanie Arbetter, daughter of Fonda and Jay, UGA graduation 2012 Erica Arbetter, daugher of Fonda & Jay, at College of Charleston Class of 2014
djhs
October 14, 2014
news

Dallas Jewish Journey

A Dallas Jewish Journey is the Dallas Jewish Historical Society’s video project, produced locally by Media Projects, Inc. Allen & Cynthia Salzman Mondell have been making award-winning docudramas and documentary films and videos for over 30 years. This DVD takes you from the beginnings of the Dallas Jewish community to the more recent community we know today; through photographs, news events and personal stories, narrated by renowned actor Stephen Tobolowsky (a home-grown member of the Dallas Jewish community.) This is the first 2 minutes to the Dallas Jewish Journey. https://www.facebook.com/DallasJewishHistoricalSociety/videos
djhs
September 29, 2014
news

Uptown’s Pike Park: Little Jerusalem to Little Mexico, 100 years of Settlement

The Dallas Mexican American Historical League and the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, in collaboration with the Latino Cultural Center, are proud to announce an important joint multi-media exhibit centered on life around Pike Park. The exhibit will be on display at the Latino Cultural Center located at 2600 Live Oak from September 12 through October 18, 2014. A press preview will be held on Friday, September 12 and a grand opening reception for the public will be held on Thursday evening, September 18, 2014. Sol Villasana, author of the book, Dallas’s Little Mexico, will be one of the guest speakers in the Jesse Tafalla Lecture Series that will accompany the exhibit. The full schedule of speakers and dates will be announced later. The exhibit will trace the roots of Jewish and Mexican immigrants, honoring community life in an area of Dallas most recently known as Little Mexico. Many don’t realize that the area surrounding Pike Park was initially settled in the late 1800’s by poor Eastern European Jewish immigrants and was alternately referred to as Little Jerusalem, Goose Valley or Frogtown. With a solid sense of commitment to one another and strong family ties, the Jewish settlers became established. The…
djhs
September 29, 2014