Chaya Ruchel Andres was first interviewed by Miriam Creemer in March 1981.

The image above is of Chaya as a young woman, taken in the 1920s. The image to left of the audio player was taken in 1920 and is featured in Chaya’s book Years Have Sped By.

 She was a prolific writer, especially in regards to poetry–often written in her native Yiddish. Chaya lived in Dallas for many decades, participating in a variety of organizations and raising a family, all of whom have been influential in the Dallas community.

Listen to her interviews below.


In 1992, Chaya was interviewed by her grandson, Roger Andres, and Reid Heller, former President of Dallas Jewish Historical Society, to share her knowledge of the beginnings of Jewish Day Schools in Dallas.

Click here to watch the interview.