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DJHS Founder’s Records Come to Light

Recently, our archivist, Jessica Schneider, and our archives assistant, Corynthia Dorgan, collaborated to write an article for The Rambler, the newsletter of the Southern Jewish Historical Society. The article, "DJHS Founder's Records Come to Light," highlights the large, invaluable collection of Ginger Jacobs, a co-founder of DJHS. Follow the link to reach the article, along with several others contributed by our regional colleagues. Rambler Spring 2021, Volume 25 Number 2              
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April 28, 2021
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The Christmas Day Classic: a multi-generational Jewish Dallas tradition

Listed alphabetically: Arthur Eisenberg, Mike "Izzy" Eisenberg, Mike Gallant, Albert Goodman, Mike Grossfeld, Steve Gutow, Billy Jacobs, Neil Landsman, Chuck Lewis, Danny Litchenstein, Paul Marcus, Steve "Yogi" Marcus, Ronnie Meyers, Seth Meyers, Alvin Miller, David Rosenfield, Mark Schor On Christmas morning in 1964, this group of young Jewish men met on the field of the Jewish Community Center for a football scrimmage - full contact, and no pads. And then, they did it the next year, and the year after that...continuing until this year, 2020, when the Christmas Day Classic was canceled amid social-distancing recommendations due to covid-19. In 2014, for the 50th Anniversary of the Classic and attendant celebrations that have developed over the time, several Classic members had a documentary made to immortalize this unique tradition, an ode to their life-long friendship. In place of the 56th annual game, Mitchell Meyers, Christmas Day Classic athlete and DJHS Board Member, worked with DJHS Staff to bring our community a special screening of the film and a panel discussion with five of the original players, Mike "Izzy" Eisenberg, Mike Gallant, Mike Grossfeld, Steve Gutow, and Mark Schor. Follow the link below to watch the film and panel discussion, which were…
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December 28, 2020
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Estelle & Martin Rosenfield Shearith Israel Reservation Cards

On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Estelle Lenore Rosenfield passed away. She was wife to Martin and mother to DJHS Board President, Stuart Rosenfield. Stuart is quoted: ...my mom passed away on Tuesday at the age of 90 (my dad passed away in 2010). She and my dad were born and raised in Philadelphia and moved to Dallas in 1961.  Their friends and family wanted to know if they would start riding horses and wear cowboy hats.  The first thing they did was join a shul (Shearith Israel) and they joined what was then the Julius Schepps Community Center where they met many of their lifelong friends. It wasn't long before these unlikely transplants from the Northeast fell in love with the city of Dallas and the Dallas Jewish community. Their love for the greater area of Dallas and the Dallas area Jewish community rubbed off on me which is why I am a part of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society. Estelle & Martin's commitment to their community and shul is partially represented by this collection of Shearith Israel High Holy Days Service reservation cards. There are 20 cards, an incomplete run from 1962-1996. Year after year, they reserved seats in…
DJHS Admin
November 5, 2020
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Roger Horchow

Samuel Roger Horchow was interviewed by May Sebel on November 10, 2011. He was a theater producer, retailer, and generous philanthropist. Roger passed on May 2, 2020. May his memory be a blessing. Click here to watch the interview.
DJHS Admin
May 11, 2020
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Ellis & May Titche Wartime Correspondence Goes Digital

We're thrilled to share with you a selection of audio recordings from the Ellis & May Titche Wartime Correspondence Collection. Mel Ginsburg, a dedicated long-time volunteer of DJHS, has been working hard to record letters from Ellis Titche to May Levy during their courtship and early marriage during the WWII Era.  There are many, many more letters to share, but here is a selection from the earliest days, August 1943. From the beginning, May kept and labeled each letter she received from Ellis. May's letters in the collection begin a little later, in Spring 1944. Because of this, the conversation seems a little one-sided, but not for long.  Listen below, or visit our SoundCloud.
DJHS Admin
April 29, 2020
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Marvin Greenberg

Marvin Greenberg Interviewed by Jo Reingold on February 20, 2017. Marvin was on January 27, 1931 in Waco, TX. As a Teenager he moved to Dallas, and later returned after graduating from the University of Texas. He opened Greenberg Drugs in Preston Center and maintained the successful business for over 40 years. Marvin passed April 23, 2020. DJHS will miss our longtime friend and supporter who not only added to Dallas Jewish history, but also understood its importance.                                            Click here to watch his oral history interview.  
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April 28, 2020
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Regional Treasures: Menorahs from Historic Temple Emeth, Ardmore, Oklahoma Find New Home after Long Visit to Dallas

Confirmation class at Temple Emeth, June 24, 1940. (from left to right) Hardy Soloman Fr., Manfreed Schmidt, Sam Doube, Rabbi Smauel Soskin, Ellie Myers, and William Strasmick. Photo taken by Fonville Studios, Ardmore, OK Photo courtesy of The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa, OK. When we are approached regarding a donation—as a local historical society, it happens often—the main question we ask is: "does this fit our scope?"—meaning we do our due diligence to make sure that our repository is the best fit for the materials. There are a number of factors that go into making that decision, including, but not limited to: Size/available space (do we have adequate space and resources to properly care for this item in perpetuity?) Redundancy (do we already have multiple similar items that are of equal quality?) Does it relate directly to Jewish Dallas? And, we give the same level of care and consideration to every item and inquiry. So, when Ruth Andres—a founding member and past President of Dallas Jewish Historical Society—reached out to us concerning a few items that belonged to Clint Risner (of blessed memory), we agreed to assess his collection. Clint was an active and dedicated DJHS Board…
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January 9, 2020
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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…
DJHS Admin
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…
DJHS Admin
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…
DJHS Admin
March 25, 2019