We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of William (Bill) Mexic z”l, who passed away on Monday, June 18th.  Bill was a long time friend of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society and we will miss him at our programs and events.  May his memory be for a blessing and may his family and friends be comforted among the other mourners of Zion & Jerusalem.

The 2017-2018 DJHS Annual Meeting & Lecture, featuring author & sports writer Charley Rosen

On Thursday, June 14th @ 7:00pm, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society was pleased to welcome Charley Rosen as the featured speaker for the 2017-2018 Annual Meeting of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.  After the introduction and induction of new DJHS Board Members by our Vice President, Deborah Konigsberg; we heard a welcome and tribute from our Board President, Stuart Rosenfield; followed by an overview of the organization and the “Year-in-Review” by our Executive Director, Debra Polsky.  The evening culminated with a lively and engaging lecture by author and sports writer, Charley Rosen.

6’8″ Rosen, an American author and former basketball coach, who previously worked as an NBA analyst for, and whose work has appeared on and, is a native of the Bronx, and the author of over twenty-one sports books, including Sugar: Michael Ray Richardson, Eighties Excess, and the NBA (Nebraska, 2018), Crazy Basketball: A Life In and Out of Bounds (Nebraska, 2011) and The Chosen Game: A Jewish Basketball History. He has also coauthored two books with NBA coach Phil Jackson.

Mr. Rosen captivated us with the story of the origins of Basketball; covering the start and proliferation of the game,  what part Jews played along the way, and included many fascinating personal stories and behind-the-scenes looks at some of the most well-known names in the game.  Judging by the lively Q&A session afterwards, a good time was had by all.

Many thanks to everyone who attended the meeting.  You, along with our DJHS members, and our greater Dallas Jewish community, are the reason for the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.  We wouldn’t be here without your ongoing support.

Please take a moment to check out our 2017-2018 DJHS Annual Report for information about the organization and what we do, along with a recap of all the different programs offered throughout the year.

From the DJHS President – Join us for our Annual Meeting – June 14 at the JCC

Join us at our Annual Meeting on June 14, 7PM, downstairs at the JCC, as we celebrate our many successes this year, install our new board, and hear Andres Lecture Series Speaker author Mike Silver who will talk about his book “Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing”.

We have several new board members who will be installed at the meeting. They include David Abrams, Fonda Arbetter, Ron Blumka, Ilene Breitbarth, Lori Goldberg, Scott Kaufman, Kace Phillips, and Sherri Shidlofsky. I look forward to work with them this year.

If you haven’t heard, the May 3 DJHS Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award Event honoring the Genecov family was a huge success. We had a capacity crowd of over 300 people, many of them Dallas Jewish leaders and contributors in their own right, come to honor the many contributions of Jeff Genecov, Julie Genecov Shrell, and David Genecov. Thanks again to the family for allowing us to honor you.

The new fiscal year starts July 1. We have another exciting year planned, so stay tuned to the website for details.

Stuart Rosenfield
President, Dallas Jewish Historical Society

A Little Genealogy Goes a Long Way!

One afternoon in early 2013, I received a phone message from Rabbi Zell of Tiferet Israel. He said to call him back on his personal cell phone, so I did. He had received an odd e-mail from a man identifying himself as Douglas Parker from New York who believed he was a cousin of a congregant named Bill Pakowsky.

The rabbi, not knowing my maiden name, asked around to see if anyone knew of a Bill Pakowsky, to which Tina (Tobolowsky) Israel replied that the Pakowsky family had been very active at Tiferet Israel. Tina had provided the rabbi with my married name and phone number.

The rabbi wanted to know if it was OK to forward this e-mail to me and I said that was fine. I read it over very carefully. There were several details in it about my grandfather, Morris Pakowsky, and his family; things I didn’t know about, but Douglas Parker did. For example, my grandfather and father kept the original spelling of their last names, but the rest of the siblings (there were 7) didn’t. They ended up with “Parker,” “Parks” and a few other last names. This was all news to me, and I grew more and more interested in what this cousin had to say and what he knew.

Douglas included his phone number in case I wanted to call and chat. I reached him and we began our official connection with each other. He had done some research into his grandfather’s background and family tree, and that’s how he discovered that he had family in Dallas. He looked through newsletters of synagogues here and came across my father’s name – and, as they say, “The rest is history!!”

It’s been a wonderful discovery. I’ve visited my new cousin and his brother in New York, and his sister in California. We’ve kept in touch pretty regularly and I hope some day they’ll come here for a visit and a “Big D” welcome.

The moral? I encourage everyone to look into your family trees; you never know what goodies you’ll discover!!

From the DJHS President – Join us on May 3 to honor the Genecov family for their service

All of us want our children to be happy, healthy, and successful in whatever they chose to do with their lives. If we are lucky, our children will not only bring us “nachas”, but will make a difference in the lives of others.
If your name is Sally and Ed Genecov, you are very lucky.

Sally is the mother of Dr. Jeff Genecov, Julie Genecov Shrell, and Dr. David Genecov.  

On May 3rd at 5:30 PM at the Communities Foundation of Texas, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society is honoring these 3 siblings with its Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award. This highly selective award is given bi-annually to Dallas-area Jewish individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to public service and who stand as role models for future generations.

Dr. Jeff Genecov, a Master Orthodontist, and Dr. David Genecov, a world-renowned Cranio-Facial Surgeon, volunteer with Smile Train, an international children’s charity that provides 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in over 85 developing countries,

Julie Genecov Shrell, an ovarian cancer survivor, co-founded the Be the Difference Foundation, which has raised over $2 million for ovarian cancer research.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. We are also selling individual event tickets for $100. This event will likely sell out well before the event date.

Please contact the DJHS office at [email protected] to receive a Sponsorship package and an invitation to the event.

Help us honor these great siblings. Sally, Ed, and the DJHS would appreciate it.Capture