Viva Shalom: Celebrating Latin American Jews in Dallas

This year, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society will be celebrating the Latin American Jewish community in Dallas with “Viva Shalom!,” our biennial “One Story at a Time” event.

Like so many other organizations in our community, we are feeling the effects of COVID-19. To preserve the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and greater community, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this event until Fall 2020. We are currently working to set a date and will let you all know as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, we are still committed to preparing for this event and will continue gathering data on the Latin American Jewish Community to incorporate into our permanent collection.

We encourage you to participate in our survey (click here or see link below) and share your family’s experience before and after making your home in Dallas.

The last question in the survey will prompt you to select how you would like to share your story in more detail. We recommend oral history interviews because of the richness of the final product—a video to share with your family for generations to come. Please note that Oral History interviews conducted by DJHS staff and volunteers are suspended until further notice. We will resume this service as soon as we know it is safe for our community. 

Click Here to Complete Survey

The Viva Shalom! Presentation and all stories and other data collected will become a part of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society’s permanent reference collection detailing Latin American immigration to Dallas.

Please share this survey with others in the Latin American Jewish Community in Dallas so that we can include as many individuals and families as possible.

Thank you for your participation! Please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 214-239-7120 or [email protected] for more information or if you have trouble accessing the survey.

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

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 future generations.

This year we honor four women—Melissa Ackerman, Brenda Bliss, Susan Bendalin, and Karen Weinreb—who embody Ann’s legacy and the true spirit of philanthropy. Check back on our blog to learn more about these extraordinary women as we prepare to celebrate their contributions to our community.

Click here to become a sponsor or purchase individual tickets to Sip & Savor: Celebrating Sisters in Philanthropy on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Temple Emanu-el. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.


Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award Luncheon 2015

The Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to public service, and who stand as role models for future generations.  Each honoree represents Ann Loeb Sikora’s legacy of leadership and devotion to countless causes in the Jewish and general communities.
Our 2015 Honorees are remarkable women who were Elected to Make History.
Shapiro, Margolin, Harrison, Miller, Finkelman 4-16-2015

Florence Shapiro, Ann Margolin, Adlene Harrison, Laura Miller and Lois Finkelman at the DJHS Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award Luncheon, April 16, 2015.


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.