Helen Stern

Stern, HelenHelen Stern, a native Dallasite, was born in 1926 during the Depression. Helen’s father came to the U.S. around 1911 through Galveston at age 16 and was the only one in his family at the time to leave Diersburg, Germany. He didn’t speak any English at the time, and was taken in by a family in South Dallas. Her mother, also from Germany, was one of nine children. Helen went to the University of Texas at Austin during the war and described it as being a girls’ school during the week due to the nature of the war. Helen and her late husband, Arthur, had three children. She remembers learning to drive on Northwest Highway and telling the milkman and baker when to make deliveries to their home. Helen volunteered her time with the Sisterhood in Temple Emanu-El, working as treasurer and working on the yearbook as her first job with them.

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Barbara Stone

Stone, BARBARA 1Barbara Stone was born in 1941 in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in Louisiana. She moved back to Dallas with her family at age 13, and has since been a very active member and supporter of the Dallas Jewish community.

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Karen Stern

Stern, KARENKaren Stern z”l was born in 1942 in Cleveland, OH, and moved to Dallas with her family when she was four years old. Karen was very interested in social justice and became a school teacher in the Dallas area, having experienced integration among the schools. Karen formed strong connections and had a huge impact on the lives of many through her work at Dallas’ Jewish Community Center, where she served as the Executive Vice President beginning in 1989. Her other positions included serving as Interim Executive Director at the Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, CA, and as Texas Regional Director for the American Jewish Congress. She volunteered her time with the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and also served as the president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation for eight years, forming the South Central Region.

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