Joel Batalsky

Joel BatalskyJoel Batalsky
Born in 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father passed away when Joel was just five years old, and Joel grew up in an orphanage while having his mother by his side. A strong man, Joel received a wrestling scholarship to Temple University. He joined the military after studying business administration and accounting and graduating college in 1962. Joel and his wife have been heavily involved in the Jewish community in Dallas as active members of Temple Emanu-El, the Jewish Community Center, and various veterans organizations. Joel is a proud Jew and American, inspiring many with his desire to act with kindness and to repair the world around him.
Published on September 30, 2015 and amended on October 19, 2018.

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Mickey Warsaw

Mickey Warsaw was born in 1934 in Chicago, IL. Mickey was married in 1953, eventually moving with her husband to Dallas in order to pursue work. After her husband passed away, she joined the Jewish Community Center in Dallas in order to find a “Jewish home,” as she states, enjoying the welcoming environment of Jewish culture and activities. As a dedicated member of the Jewish community, Mickey has worked for Jewish Family Service and has been involved with the Jewish War Veterans organization, which supports the Veterans’ Hospital as well as several other children’s organizations. Mickey is known as the “Bear Lady” due to her involvement with the delivery of stuffed animals to children in the children’s hospitals.

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Leon Rubenstein

Leon Rubenstein was born in 1924 in Fort Worth, TX, and moved to Dallas as a young child. Leon attended college at SMU during World War II, and then joined the Navy as part of the unit that invaded the Marshall Islands after only six weeks of boot camp training. Leon married at 26, after teaching himself to play music and forming a band in his early twenties. He and his wife, Muriel, had three children together in Dallas.  After several years of working two jobs to provide for his family, he opened up his own store near Preston Hollow before leaving retail to sell industrial chemicals.  Later he became involved with and soon became the Chairman for the Homeless Veterans’ Thanksgiving Dinner, volunteering a large amount of his time to raise money for the Veterans’ Hospital.

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Jo Reingold

Jo Reingold was born in Dallas, Texas, and has been a highly active member of the Dallas Jewish  community, with many leadership roles in various organizations. From a very young age, she has valued community service.

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