Nita Mae Tannebaum

Nita Mae Tannebaum was born in 1933 in St. Louis, MO, but grew up mainly in Oklahoma. Nita studied education, while her husband studied accounting. Marrying in 1995, a week after their graduation from the University of Oklahoma, Nita and her husband moved to Dallas, where Nita got a job teaching in the Dallas Independent School District. Nita and family have been dedicated members of Temple Emanu-El since 1957, and Nita has been a part of its Sisterhood. Nita sat on the board of the Jewish Community Center, and additionally taught in the JCC preschool. She has been involved in many other Jewish organizations, including the National Council of Jewish Women and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.

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Jack Bell


Jack BellThe son of two Holocaust survivors, Jack Bell was born in Poland in 1944 in a little town on the German Polish border. After the war, he and his family lived in a suburb of Munich, Germany, but in June of 1949, Jack’s family moved to Dallas and experienced a completely new lifestyle. After attending Hillcrest High School, Jack graduated from the University ofNorth Texas and married his wife, Louise, the following day at Temple Emanu-El. Jack has been a financial advisor and stock broker for over twenty two years. He has deep ties to his roots and his family’s past and has served as president at the Dallas Holocaust Center. There he feels he was able to merge the Holocaust Center with the second generation of Holocaust survivors. He has also served many other Jewish organizations in Dallas, including Jewish Family Service and its adoption committee.

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Frances Coleman

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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Miriam Creemer

Miriam Creemer was born in Calgary in 1936 to Polish immigrant parents. Miriam grew up in a very close-knit family and later attended the University of Alberta, where she graduated with a degree in teaching. She became a teacher in one of the largest elementary schools in Calgary and later was head of the English Department at the Jewish day school that she had attended when she was a young child. Miriam met her husband, Al, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and they moved to the United States in the late 1970s. When she first arrived, she worked at an old age home and really grew to love working with seniors. After moving to Dallas, she eventually became the Director of the JCC Senior Adult Program, where she worked for 20 years. Miriam instituted a senior drama group, choir, reading club, and many other programs that she led. As a speaker of Yiddish, she shares her passion for the language and translates and teaches it as well.

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