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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In memoriam – Ginger Chesnick Jacobs z”l


Ginger JacobsIt is with deep sadness that we extend condolences to the family of Ginger Chesnick Jacobs on the death of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Ginger was the wife of Mike Jacobs z”l; mother of Mark Jacobs, Deborah Linksman, Andy Jacobs and Reuben Jacobs; grandmother of Rivka (Brad) Altman, Leeza (Joe) Sanderson, Sarah (Jeffrey) Verchow, and Aviva Linksman; great-grandmother of Devon Altman and Elijah Verchow.

Founder of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Ginger tirelessly from 1971 up to the last several months to ensure that the rich history and the many contributions of the Jewish community in Dallas will be remembered.

Services will be held at Congregation Shearith Israel, 9401 Douglas Ave., at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016, in the Aaron Family Main Sanctuary; internment to follow at  Shearith Israel Cemetery, 4634 Dolphin Road in Dallas.

Shiva minyan will be held at the home of Rivka & Brad Altman, 9317 Faircrest in Dallas, beginning on Sunday, June 19th at 6:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ginger Chesnick Jacobs Historical Tour and Outreach Fund at the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.

May Ginger’s memory be for a blessing on all who knew her, may her soul be bound up in the bonds of eternal life and may her family be comforted among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Roots to Boots–Cookies with South African flair!

Florentines S. AfricanGranny Hannah’s Florentines

 (courtesy of Joan Gremont)

3 cups unsalted peanuts (raw or roasted)

3 cups raisins

   3 cups corn flakes

  ¾ cup glace cherries (red/green), chopped small

   1 can condensed milk

Mix together.  Place in heaps on rice paper and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

 If no rice paper is available, you can use non-stick foil or parchment paper, or even a pan that has been sprayed.  The advantage of the rice paper is that it is edible. You can dip the bottoms in a thin layer of melted chocolate.