Ethel Silvergold Zale’s father immigrated from Europe to Dallas, shortly thereafter entering the bakery business. Ethel is the youngest of three sisters, all of whom live in Dallas where they raised their respective families. Ethel graduated high school as valedictorian, and was the first female president of the student body. She obtained a degree in interior design and was later involved in the designing and architecture of Golden Acres, Jewish Family Service’s first building, and the first restoration of Congregation Shearith Israel. Ethel has concerned herself with the betterment of the community and has demonstrated this ideal through her work. In recent years, her creation of the Jewish Family Service’s “Woman to Woman” biennial event has provided much needed resources to the agency.
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Frances Coleman, the oldest of three sisters, was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Frances’s parents were originally from Poland. She attended Forest Avenue High School and later, Draughon School of Business. At age 18 she married Julius “Red” Coleman, who was stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, as a medic in the war. Frances has been a very dedicated member of the Jewish Community with countless organizations. A past Vice President of Shearith Israel’s Sisterhood, Chairman of the Advanced Gifts Division for the Federation Women’s Division, Chairman of Israel Bonds for three years, the Jewish Community Center’s Woman of the Year, Frances has also had many other involvements and achievements. As a testament to their wonderful influence, Frances and her husband were honored at a tribute dinner at Congregation Shearith Israel.
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