Norma Apt

Norma Apt
Born in Greenville, Texas in 1929, Norma grew up in Fort Worth. Her father, Meyer Abramson, was a Lithuanian immigrant who opened his own store and later founded Southland Beauty Supply, exclusively supplying Helene Curtis products to Neiman Marcus and other major retailers. Norma became a speech pathologist, having graduated from Emerson College in 1953 and also having studied at Harvard. Norma spent more than 20 years as a docent with the Dallas Holocaust Museum, and became interested in studying World War II due to her brother’s service in the military.
Published on January 19, 2014.

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Rhea Wolfram

Rhea 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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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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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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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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