Rena Silverberg

Rena Silverberg has long been an active member of the Dallas Jewish Community, serving as a past Executive Director of Jewish Family Service, among her many other activities.

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Hilde Schwartz

Hilde Schwartz was born in Germany and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She married husband Bill Schwartz in 1950, and they moved together to Dallas in the summer of 1951. Hilde discusses the challenges, particularly segregation and discrimination, that she experienced while adapting to life in the South. Having worked for the Civil Service in Chicago, Hilde temporarily worked at the downtown flagship Neiman Marcus store, until she was hired as a Women of the Air Force (WAF) and Women of the Army Corps (WAC) Recruiter. The mother of  three, Hilde has family located thorughout the United States. She is a wonderful volunteer at Legacy and an active member of Temple Emanu-El, particularly involved with its Sisterhood.

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Leon Rubenstein

Leon Rubenstein was born in 1924 in Fort Worth, TX, and moved to Dallas as a young child. Leon attended college at SMU during World War II, and then joined the Navy as part of the unit that invaded the Marshall Islands after only six weeks of boot camp training. Leon married at 26, after teaching himself to play music and forming a band in his early twenties. He and his wife, Muriel, had three children together in Dallas.  After several years of working two jobs to provide for his family, he opened up his own store near Preston Hollow before leaving retail to sell industrial chemicals.  Later he became involved with and soon became the Chairman for the Homeless Veterans’ Thanksgiving Dinner, volunteering a large amount of his time to raise money for the Veterans’ Hospital.

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