EVERY HOME HAS A STORY . . . Sunday, November 6, 2016, 3:15 p.m. at the Aaron Family JCC Do you have old family photographs in boxes in a spare room or garage? Do you have Bubbe and Zayde’s old love letters in a box in the attic?  Do you have your parents’ wedding pictures and Ketubah?  Are you unsure if your family heirlooms and documents might have any value?  Do you know you have something great and want to preserve it, but just don’t know where to start? As part of Learning Fest 2016, The Dallas Jewish Historical Society will host an introductory preservation workshop to help provide information about basic preservation, practical advice for handling, storing, and caring for personal collections, and to raise awareness of the value that personal family collections can hold for historical or cultural heritage institutions. Join us and learn what you can do to start organizing and preserving your family’s incredible story. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2016 LEARNINGFEST SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AND TO REGISTER Speakers Alexis Joanna Ferguson, MLS, DJHS Archivist Alexis provides leadership of our Archive Management program. Alexis received a BA in Anthropology from TCU and an MS in Library…
Debra Polsky
September 28, 2016

From the DJHS President: Do You Want to be Part of History?

I admit it. I am a history buff. I like going to history museums, watching Ken Burns documentaries on PBS, and looking up famous people on Wikipedia. I remember going to the Library of Congress on a trip to Washington DC and seeing all the great artifacts from decades of American culture and government. On that same trip, I went to the Newseum where I viewed hours of video from war correspondents and seeing documents that I previously only saw in textbooks or online. It made me feel great to be an American. Did you know that as a Jew in Dallas, you have something similar that showcases the history of Jews in Dallas? The next time you are in the JCC, take a left at the front desk and go by the office of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society. You will see volunteers cataloging pictures from the earlier to mid-20th century of Jewish families who settled here. In the humidity-controlled Archive, you will see BBYO pictures from conventions in the 1960 and 1970s (yes I had hair back then) and collections of books, magazines, and other treasurers from decades of family collections. There are over 10,000 artifacts from people…
Stuart Rosenfield
August 5, 2016

In memoriam – Ginger Chesnick Jacobs z”l

BARUCH DAYAN EMET It is with deep sadness that we extend condolences to the family of Ginger Chesnick Jacobs on the death of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, on Thursday, June 16, 2016. Ginger was the wife of Mike Jacobs z"l; mother of Mark Jacobs, Deborah Linksman, Andy Jacobs and Reuben Jacobs; grandmother of Rivka (Brad) Altman, Leeza (Joe) Sanderson, Sarah (Jeffrey) Verchow, and Aviva Linksman; great-grandmother of Devon Altman and Elijah Verchow. Founder of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Ginger tirelessly from 1971 up to the last several months to ensure that the rich history and the many contributions of the Jewish community in Dallas will be remembered. Services will be held at Congregation Shearith Israel, 9401 Douglas Ave., at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016, in the Aaron Family Main Sanctuary; internment to follow at  Shearith Israel Cemetery, 4634 Dolphin Road in Dallas. Shiva minyan will be held at the home of Rivka & Brad Altman, 9317 Faircrest in Dallas, beginning on Sunday, June 19th at 6:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ginger Chesnick Jacobs Historical Tour and Outreach Fund at the Dallas Jewish Historical Society. May Ginger's memory be for a blessing on all who knew her, may her soul be bound up in the bonds of eternal life and…
Debra Polsky
June 16, 2016

Roots to Boots–Cookies with South African flair!

Granny Hannah’s Florentines  (courtesy of Joan Gremont) 3 cups unsalted peanuts (raw or roasted) 3 cups raisins    3 cups corn flakes   ¾ cup glace cherries (red/green), chopped small    1 can condensed milk Mix together.  Place in heaps on rice paper and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  If no rice paper is available, you can use non-stick foil or parchment paper, or even a pan that has been sprayed.  The advantage of the rice paper is that it is edible. You can dip the bottoms in a thin layer of melted chocolate.
Debra Polsky
April 22, 2016
1920s and Earliernews

Treasures from the DJHS Archives – February 2016

Titche-Goettinger Collection ephemera Titche-Goettinger 1908 General Ledger 1904-05 Mail order catalog page display           Among the many collections to explore, the archives of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, located in the Aaron Family JCC, houses a collection from one of Dallas’s premier department stores of the 20th century. Titche’s, or Titche-Goettinger’s as it was known, was opened in downtown Dallas in 1902, by Edward Titche and Max Goettinger. Originally located at the corner of Elm and Murphy Streets in downtown Dallas, the store moved in 1904 to the Wilson building and then again when it built its flagship location at St. Paul Street, between Elm and Main Streets, which was then considered “Uptown”. At this new, much larger location the store successfully competed for Dallas’s growing fashion-conscious consumer and expanded the number of stores.  Over the years, Titche-Goettinger was sold to larger retail conglomerates, who later shortened the name to Titche’s when the store expanded into the suburbs in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The name was changed again from Titche’s to Joske’s (its sister department store chain) until the then-owners (Allied) sold the stores to Dillard’s in 1987.  The flagship location in downtown Dallas was closed…
Debra Polsky
March 23, 2016

A Year of Highlights by Jim Schwartz, President of DJHS

Welcome to my first BLOG entry as President of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society!  As we approach the end of our fiscal year, I thought highlighting some of the events and individuals that made this a special year was in order. We welcomed seven talented and enthusiastic Board Members this year, whose contributions to the board have already been noteworthy.  We completed the initial phase of our strategic plan over the summer and moved into the implementation of our key initiatives. During the same, busy summer, a committee led by May Sebel and Joan Gremont  began planning our  inspiring fall event, One Story at a Time, honoring 250 individuals, natives and newcomers alike, who shared their oral histories with the DJHS over the last five years. The cocktail reception was first-class, followed by a great program. The event was well attended, received rave reviews and exceeded our fundraising goals. Also in September, DJHS and the Dallas Mexican American Historical League collaborated with the Latino Cultural Center on a 6 week, multimedia exhibit on life around Dallas’ Pike Park. The exhibit traced the roots of Jewish and Mexican immigrants, honoring community life in the area most recently known as Little Mexico. In December, our Andres Family…
Jim Schwartz
May 14, 2015

Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award Luncheon 2015

The Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to public service, and who stand as role models for future generations.  Each honoree represents Ann Loeb Sikora’s legacy of leadership and devotion to countless causes in the Jewish and general communities. Our 2015 Honorees are remarkable women who were Elected to Make History. Florence Shapiro, Ann Margolin, Adlene Harrison, Laura Miller and Lois Finkelman at the DJHS Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award Luncheon, April 16, 2015.  
Debra Polsky
April 23, 2015

Dallas Jewish Journey

A Dallas Jewish Journey is the Dallas Jewish Historical Society’s video project, produced locally by Media Projects, Inc. Allen & Cynthia Salzman Mondell have been making award-winning docudramas and documentary films and videos for over 30 years. This DVD takes you from the beginnings of the Dallas Jewish community to the more recent community we know today; through photographs, news events and personal stories, narrated by renowned actor Stephen Tobolowsky (a home-grown member of the Dallas Jewish community.) This is the first 2 minutes to the Dallas Jewish Journey.
September 29, 2014