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Ginger Jacobs: A Brief Study of Personal Collections, How They Form, and What They Can Represent

Every single one of us collects--whether it is a conscious habit or not. We may collect stamps, spoons, mezuzahs, Beanie Babies, art, mugs, ticket stubs, Chinese takeout fortunes, or any item we hold an affinity for, or which serves as a memento from an event. Collections may be curated, or formed intentionally, with special thought placed in the acquisition of each new addition—or they can form organically, resulting from a combination of time and proximity. Collections also hold value—possibly monetary value, but more importantly, the intrinsic value of the history or context of an object itself as it relates to the sentimental value bestowed by the collector. No matter how they are formed, our collections can move beyond telling "their" story to serve as a narrative to ours. Collections can also highlight our accomplishments or our position in our community, which is most certainly true for a portion of the Ginger Jacobs Collection. Ginger, co-founder of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society (DJHS) in 1970, was an undeniable tour de force, an influencer, and a figurehead in the Dallas Jewish community. Not only did she pour her heart into DJHS for decades, she actively participated in several organizations, including (but not limited to) B'nai…
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August 14, 2019
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Influential Figures of Jewish Dallas: Isidore Zesmer

Isidore Zesmer, 1911 It is with great excitement that we present the Isidore Zesmer Collection! This collection has been a part of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society Archive for many years--processed and available for research, but without the supplemental documentation that allows greater accessibility to the community. This Summer, we were fortunate to receive the assistance of an intern, Cyna Sabu, through the annual Jewish Family Service Klein Internship program. Her project focused on the Isidore Zesmer Collection, with the goal of improving access while learning how to utilize primary source documents for research. With Cyna's help (180 hours worth), we now have a complete finding aid, over 1100 digitized photographs, and a summary of Isidore Zesmer's life, work, and contributions to the Jewish community. Below you will find Cyna's essay, the last piece of the puzzle that pulls all of her hard work together. Thank you, Cyna! Follow this link to visit our Digital Archive and view the finding aid for this collection. Fun Fact: Throughout primary source documents in the Isidore Zesmer Collection and various publications you will see varied permutations of Zesmer's name, including Isadore, Isador, Isidor, Isidore, I., and Ike. We have chosen to use "Isidore" in naming…
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August 9, 2019
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Meet the Women: Who is Karen Shosid Weinreb?

Biennially, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society honors members of the Dallas community who embody philanthropy and humanitarianism with the Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award. This year's honorees are four outstanding women who have dedicated their lives to others within the Jewish and general Dallas communities. Continue reading to learn about one of this year's recipients. Karen Shosid Weinreb has been a proud member of the Dallas Jewish Community since childhood. She is a graduate of W.T. White High School (1981) and the University Texas at Austin (1985), where she was a member of the Sigma Delta Tau Sorority.  Karen went on to work at The Greensheet in their marketing department. She later left to pursue her greatest passion, motherhood. Karen is the proud mom of Zach, Carly, & Kyle as well as newer additions, AJ and Jackie. As the kids grew up, she was highly involved in their school communities at Levine Academy (Solomon Schechter), Rosemary Haggar Elementary, Frankford Middle School, & Greenhill School. Karen remains an active member of Temple Emanuel and a supporter of The Aaron Family JCC. She recently co-chaired the YES event for The Legacy and has been an unwavering advocate for The Vogel Alcove, Jewish…
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March 25, 2019
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Meet the Women: Who is Susan Shosid Bendalin?

Biennially, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society honors members of the Dallas community who embody philanthropy and humanitarianism with the Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award. This year's honorees are four outstanding women who have dedicated their lives to others within the Jewish and general Dallas communities. Continue reading to learn about one of this year's recipients. Susan Shosid Bendalin has seen the value of philanthropy and commitment to the Jewish community from both sides of the table.  A former Campaign Associate for the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Susan went on to become the Development Director for Akiba Academy and later staffed the Federation’s !00th Anniversary Archive Committee.  Putting on her volunteer hat, Susan participated in the Leadership Development Group of the Jewish Federation and was a co-chair of the Women-to-Women Fundraising Luncheon for Jewish Family Services.  An active member of the Jewish Community Center and a tennis program participant, Susan has given a great deal of time and effort to supporting the J, serving as a past member of the Board of Directors.  In addition, Susan was twice a co-chair of the JCC’s annual “Be” event fundraiser as well as chairing the Jewish Arts Fest and serving on the Maccabi…
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March 18, 2019
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Meet the Women: Who is Brenda Weinfeld Bliss?

Biennially, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society honors members of the Dallas community who embody philanthropy and humanitarianism with the Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award. This year's honorees are four outstanding women who have dedicated their lives to others within the Jewish and general Dallas communities. Continue reading to learn about one of this year's recipients. Brenda Weinfeld Bliss has had a passion and desire to work with children and those with special needs throughout her life.  Her early years as a JCC Camp Counselor and those at Muscular Dystrophy Camp led Brenda to pursue an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin and later to receive a Masters Degrees in both Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology through UTD, The Callier Center for Communication Disorders.  Brenda’s experience in Los Angeles gaining specialized training in cochlear implant rehabilitation led to her own private practice, specializing in working with children with speech, language, and hearing disorders, where she currently leads a staff of ten speech/language pathologists.  Due to her expertise, Brenda has presented workshops all over the world including in Vietnam, Thailand and Innsbruck, speaking on cochlear implant rehabilitation and auditory-verbal therapy.  Locally, Brenda provides speech and hearing screenings…
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March 11, 2019
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Meet the Women: Who is Melissa Weinfeld Ackerman?

Biennially, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society honors members of the Dallas community who embody philanthropy and humanitarianism with the Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award. This year's honorees are four outstanding women who have dedicated their lives to others within the Jewish and general Dallas communities. Continue reading to learn about one of this year's recipients. Melissa Weinfeld Ackerman grew up in Dallas and is a graduate of UT-Austin (1979) with a degree in Marketing.  She worked as a buyer for the Horchow Collection and traveled the world looking for special items for the catalogs.  Melissa has been volunteering in the Dallas Jewish community for nearly 40 years, and credits Ann Loeb Sikora as being one of her earliest mentors.  Her parents, Jean and Bob Weinfeld, have always given their time generously as volunteers and set a wonderful example of giving back to the community.  Melissa has served on the Jewish Federation Board of Directors and has been active in several Divisions. Winner of both the Campaigner of the Year Award and the Bess Nathan Young Leadership Award from the Federation, she also served as a member of the UJA National Young Women’s Leadership Cabinet.  A past member of the Board…
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March 4, 2019
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From the Archive: Evelyn Sanger Badt’s Majolica Plate Set, c. 1924

Evelyn Sanger Badt was born in 1912 and died in 1995, at 82.  She was the daughter of Ike and Maybelle Sanger and married Sig Badt, Jr. Her father is not Issac, or I. L., Sanger of the famed Sanger Bros., rather the nephew and namesake of I.L.  And, she wasn’t the only Evelyn of the Sanger empire. A different Evelyn Sanger, wife of Elihu Sanger, is referenced in They Came to Stay, “The Jews who Built Dallas,” and “Merchant Princes.”  However, Evelyn and Sig Badt were both prominent within Jewish Dallas, and Dallas at large. As Rose Biderman remarks, the Sangers are the closest thing Dallas ever had to royalty. Their homes, and those of their extended family, as well as their furnishings, and other belongings were luxurious and statement-making. Evelyn and Sig’s set of Majolica plates are no exception. “Majolica” refers to a style of ceramic wear that originated in Spain and Portugal in the 13th century. Its meaning has since evolved to include a broader range of decorative and functional pottery created in Italy during the Renaissance, in the Victorian era across Europe and the United Kingdom in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The style…
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February 22, 2019
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Meet the Women of Sip & Savor 2019

Here's a sneak peek at the lovely ladies we are honoring for this year's Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award at Sip & Savor: Celebrating Sisters in Philanthropy. Click here to register today!  
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February 13, 2019
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CONDOLENCES

We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of William (Bill) Mexic z"l, who passed away on Monday, June 18th.  Bill was a long time friend of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society and we will miss him at our programs and events.  May his memory be for a blessing and may his family and friends be comforted among the other mourners of Zion & Jerusalem.
Debra Polsky
June 19, 2018
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The 2017-2018 DJHS Annual Meeting & Lecture, featuring author & sports writer Charley Rosen

On Thursday, June 14th @ 7:00pm, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society was pleased to welcome Charley Rosen as the featured speaker for the 2017-2018 Annual Meeting of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.  After the introduction and induction of new DJHS Board Members by our Vice President, Deborah Konigsberg; we heard a welcome and tribute from our Board President, Stuart Rosenfield; followed by an overview of the organization and the "Year-in-Review" by our Executive Director, Debra Polsky.  The evening culminated with a lively and engaging lecture by author and sports writer, Charley Rosen. 6'8" Rosen, an American author and former basketball coach, who previously worked as an NBA analyst for FOXSports.com, and whose work has appeared on Fanragsports.com and hoopshype.com, is a native of the Bronx, and the author of over twenty-one sports books, including Sugar: Michael Ray Richardson, Eighties Excess, and the NBA (Nebraska, 2018), Crazy Basketball: A Life In and Out of Bounds (Nebraska, 2011) and The Chosen Game: A Jewish Basketball History. He has also coauthored two books with NBA coach Phil Jackson. Mr. Rosen captivated us with the story of the origins of Basketball; covering the start and proliferation of the game,  what part Jews played along…
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June 18, 2018