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Meet the Women: Who is Karen Shosid Weinreb?

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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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Meet the Women: Who is Susan Shosid Bendalin?

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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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Meet the Women: Who is Brenda Weinfeld Bliss?

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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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Meet the Women: Who is Melissa Weinfeld Ackerman?

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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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From the Archive: Evelyn Sanger Badt’s Majolica Plate Set, c. 1924

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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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CONDOLENCES

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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.

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The 2017-2018 DJHS Annual Meeting & Lecture, featuring author & sports writer Charley Rosen

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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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From the DJHS President – Join us for our Annual Meeting – June 14 at the JCC

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Join us at our Annual Meeting on June 14, 7PM, downstairs at the JCC, as we celebrate our many successes this year, install our new board, and hear Andres Lecture Series Speaker author Mike Silver who will talk about his book “Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing”. We have several new board members who will be installed at the meeting. They include David Abrams, Fonda Arbetter, Ron Blumka, Ilene Breitbarth, Lori Goldberg, Scott Kaufman, Kace Phillips, and Sherri Shidlofsky. I look forward to work with them this year. If you haven’t heard, the May 3 DJHS Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award Event honoring the Genecov family was a huge success. We had a capacity crowd of over 300 people, many of them Dallas Jewish leaders and contributors in their own right, come to honor the many contributions of Jeff Genecov, Julie Genecov Shrell, and David Genecov. Thanks again to the family for allowing us to honor you. The new fiscal year starts July 1. We have another exciting year planned, so stay tuned to the website for details. Stuart Rosenfield President, Dallas Jewish Historical Society

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A Little Genealogy Goes a Long Way!

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One afternoon in early 2013, I received a phone message from Rabbi Zell of Tiferet Israel. He said to call him back on his personal cell phone, so I did. He had received an odd e-mail from a man identifying himself as Douglas Parker from New York who believed he was a cousin of a congregant named Bill Pakowsky. The rabbi, not knowing my maiden name, asked around to see if anyone knew of a Bill Pakowsky, to which Tina (Tobolowsky) Israel replied that the Pakowsky family had been very active at Tiferet Israel. Tina had provided the rabbi with my married name and phone number. The rabbi wanted to know if it was OK to forward this e-mail to me and I said that was fine. I read it over very carefully. There were several details in it about my grandfather, Morris Pakowsky, and his family; things I didn’t know about, but Douglas Parker did. For example, my grandfather and father kept the original spelling of their last names, but the rest of the siblings (there were 7) didn’t. They ended up with “Parker,” “Parks” and a few other last names. This was all news to me, and I…

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