Rhea Wolfram

Wolfram, RheaRhea Wolfram was born in 1919 in Newport News, VA. Rhea and her late husband, Dr. Julius, a cardiologist, eventually moved to Dallas, where Rhea became an important leader in the Jewish community. She has been a member of the National Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah, and the American Jewish Committee. Additionally, Rhea has also served the greater Dallas community in many respects through her work in the auxiliary to the Dallas County Medical Society, as president of Friends of the Dallas Public Library, as a participant in the White House Conference on Children and Youth, as a member of the Dallas City Council Flood Control and Drug Committees, and also as co-founder of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling. Rhea and her late husband have been blessed with three sons.

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Marilyn Tonkon

Tonkon, MarilynMarilyn Tonkon was born in 1931 in Dallas, TX. Her father moved from Chicago to Dallas with his mother, who opened a delicatessen on Commerce Street called Chicago Deli. Marilyn worked at Neiman Marcus while her husband, at the time her fianc√©, was stationed in Korea. Marilyn attributes her development of self to her having had the time to build up her business. As a dedicated member of the Jewish community and a loving mother, Marilyn has given a lot to Dallas’s Jewish community.

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Carole Ross Greenberg

Carole Ross GreenbergCarole Greenberg was born in 1937 in Dallas, Texas. She grew up in Highland Park and attended Highland Park High School. Formerly serving as president of the BBG chapter now known as Jennie Zesmer, Carole was a very active member in B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO). She met her husband, Jack, in Dallas after two years of college and they married in 1956. Carole worked with her parents for 20 years and was office manager of the family’s textile company as well. She has been in the jewelry business since 1977, and has used this creativity to contribute to the 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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Gerry Cristol

Gerry CristolGerry Cristol was born in 1935 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. She attended grammar school in Massachusetts and was the only Jewish child in school there at the time. After high school, she attended Goucher College and met her husband, Charlie, who was originally from San Antonio, at age 21. After marrying, they moved together to Dallas. When her children were young, Gerry went to SMU and obtained a Master’s in History. She became the archivist at Temple Emanu-El, authored the book entitled A Light in the Prairie, and also became the President of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.

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