Jaime Hazan-Cohen

Jaime Hazan-Cohen was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to the U.S. in October of 1960. He initially lived in Florida and then relocated to Dallas. Jaime’s father was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and his mother was born in Cuba. Jaime went to law school in Havana, then to Southern Methodist University in Texas and following that worked as an accountant. He later opened a wholesale textile business with his brother and father. Jaime met his wife, Esther, in Dallas at the age of 30 and they married a year later. He is an active member of Congregation Tiferet Israel, has served on the boards of both Akiba Academy and Tiferet Israel, and has supported other community organizations alongside his wife.

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Ethel Gruen

Ethel GruenEthel Gruen was born in 1920 in New York City. She attended Julia Richman High School in downtown New York, which was the first time she and her twin brother, Sam, had been separated. Afterwards she went to Hunter College and married her husband, Ronnie z”l, in 1942. They settled down in New York and Ronnie was exempt from army service because he was a tool and dye maker. Ethel and her husband have always been very important advocates of Jewish education, having supported the Dallas Jewish community and its institutions like Akiba and Yavneh Academies in addition to Yeshiva University in New York. Ronnie and Ethel  were involved with the establishment and development of both Akiba Academy and Congregation Beth Torah and have served as major philanthropists in the Jewish community.

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Barnett M. Goodstein

Barnett M. GoodsteinBarnett Goodstein was born in 1921 in Dallas, Texas. At the age of four and a half, he moved with his family to New York for a few years as a result of his father’s work with the Sun Star Manufacturing Company. Barnett graduated from high school in 1938 and attended Rice University as a pre-law student. However, he became enamored with economics and decided to transfer from Rice to the University of Texas at Austin for its economics program, finishing with his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 1942. That same year he enlisted in the Air Force and later began teaching economics at both SMU and the University of Dallas.  Barnett and his wife, Mira, were married by Rabbi Lefkowitz at Temple Emanu-El in 1947. In 1949, he started studying at the University of Wisconsin to obtain his Ph.D. in economics while simultaneously teaching. Barnett finished law school in 1957 and became a practicing lawyer shortly thereafter.

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Moises “Maurice” Bramnik

Moises Bramnick

Moises “Maurice” Bramnik was born in 1924 in the Ukraine. When he was one, his family left Russia and moved to Havana, Cuba, in order to move away from the communist regime. Maurice met his wife, Esther, in 1956, and they had two children together while still in Cuba. He attended the University of Havana for two years studying civil engineering before he and his family left Cuba to come to the United States. After a brief time in Miami, they finally settled in Dallas with the help of Jewish Family Service and have since fallen in love with the country they now call home.

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