Maxine Waldman

Maxine Waldman was born in Chicago, IL, in 1922 and moved to Houston with her family when she was five years old. Then, at the age of 12, the family moved to Dallas. Maxine started her college education at the University of Oklahoma and finished her degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Maxine and her husband, Erwin, got married at the old Shearith Israel when they were still in college at SMU. After years of working in various industries, Erwin and his brothers created Waldman Bros, an insurance agency. As a member of the Dallas Jewish community, Maxine has spent many dedicated years working with Shearith Israel, the National Council of Jewish Women, Jewish Family Service, the Jewish Community Center, and as a BBYO Advisor.

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Rosie Stromberg

Rosie Stromberg was born in 1937 in Dallas, TX. After marrying and giving birth to her two sons, Rosie became very active in the Jewish community. Rosie has worked with the National Council of Jewish Women, served on the board of the Southwest Jewish Congress, worked with the American Jewish Committee, along with many other organizations. Rosie is a natural connector, dedicating her time to connecting various ethnic and religious groups. Education has always been Rosie’s first love and she has been involved in supporting the Dallas public schools for many years.

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Barbara Gutow

Barbara Gutow was born and raised in Illinois and moved to Dallas after graduating from college at North Texas State University. She came to Dallas to teach, and met her husband, Billy, while he was working in the scrap metal business after having completed law school. Barbara has been a very active and important leader and volunteer in Dallas’s Jewish community. She was on the board of Jewish Family Service, Golden Acres, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, has dedicated much of her time to serving less fortunate communities, and has been involved with the National Council of Jewish Women, among other organizations.

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Sharan Goldstein

Sharan Goldstein was born in 1937 in New York City. Her family moved to Dallas during the middle of her sophomore year in high school in 1951, at which time she entered Highland Park High School. After spending one year at the University of Texas, Sharan transferred to Mills College in Oakland, California. Sharan initially met her husband in Dallas when he was graduating from Texas A&M, and they have been blessed with four children together, all of whom were born in Dallas. Sharan has been involved in the Dallas Jewish Community since her return one year after college. Her first involvement was with the Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El, specifically with the Peace and World Relations Study Group. She also has been very involved in the National Council of Jewish Women, having started the docent program for the opening of the Downtown Library in 1983 and then being asked to do the same for the opening of the Meyerson Symphony Center. Sharan concerns herself with issues like hunger, poverty, health, and fitness and has been involved with many programs that address such issues.

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Syl Benenson

Syl BenensonSyl Benenson was born in 1933 in Lexington, Mississippi. After high school, Syl attended the University of Texas where she majored in speech therapy. She moved to Houston after graduating and worked as a speech therapist, ultimately moving to Dallas in 1960. Syl married her late husband, Murray z”l, who worked as an accountant. She has been a heavily involved leader and supporter of the Dallas Jewish and general communities and has also been honored with many awards from various different organizations and agencies, both locally and nationally. Syl has been at the forefront of many social action programs for National Council of Jewish Women where she served as president. In addition to the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Syl has volunteered at Jewish Family Service and Temple Emanu-El, among many others.

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