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1930soral history

Jerry Benjamin

Jerry Benjamin was born in 1934 in Memel, Lithuania. His family left Lithuania in 1937 before the war and arrived in New York City, where his grandparents had moved a year earlier. He first lived in Brooklyn then in Manhattan, where he lived until he finished Brooklyn College and went into the U.S. Air Force. In 1963, he moved with his family to Dallas in search of a place suitable for raising kids. After the unfortunate passing of his first wife, Jerry married Diane and joined their families as one. He has been an extremely active member in the Dallas Jewish community, leading and voluntering with many different organizations and institutions including Tiferet Israel, Jewish War Veterans, and Akiba Academy, among others. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Bryan Cytron
April 9, 2015
1930soral history

Syl Benenson

Syl Benenson was born in 1933 in Lexington, Mississippi. After high school, Syl attended the University of Texas where she majored in speech therapy. She moved to Houston after graduating and worked as a speech therapist, ultimately moving to Dallas in 1960. Syl married her late husband, Murray z"l, who worked as an accountant. She has been a heavily involved leader and supporter of the Dallas Jewish and general communities and has also been honored with many awards from various different organizations and agencies, both locally and nationally. Syl has been at the forefront of many social action programs for National Council of Jewish Women where she served as president. In addition to the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Syl has volunteered at Jewish Family Service and Temple Emanu-El, among many others. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Bryan Cytron
April 9, 2015
1930soral history

Jay Beck

Jay Beck was born in 1932 in Dallas, Texas. He attended Forest Avenue High School and was captain of the rifle team and colonel of the ROTC there. Jay attended medical school at UT Southwestern and became a physician. He married wife, Joan, in 1955 and together they have three children and multiple grandchildren. Published on Jun 7, 2016.   Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.  
Bryan Cytron
April 9, 2015
1930soral history

Dr. Larry Barzune

Dr. Larry Barzune, a third generation Dallasite, was born in 1939. Larry's father was also a physician, and Larry felt from a young age his calling to tend to others' health needs, providing care and support. Larry met his wife, Dolores, at the University of Texas and they married in 1961. Larry has practiced as a surgeon in Dallas for many many years. As a loving father and grandfather, Larry is a naturally compassionate man concerned with the well-being of all those around him. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Bryan Cytron
April 9, 2015
1930soral history

Dolores Barzune

Dolores Barzune, a fifth generation Texan, was born in 1939 in Alice, Texas, and raised in Hebbronville, Texas. As a young girl, Dolores played basketball and piano, displaying from a young age her love for classical music. Dolores transferred to University of Texas after her freshman year at Del Mar College, and during that first year at Texas she met her husband, Larry. Dolores was a beloved teacher who loved her students and her job. After having children and deciding to leave teaching in the classroom, Dolores has since become an influential leader and teacher as she has made it her role to teach others how to raise money in order to support different organizations and institutions. Dolores is a huge supporter of all the arts institutions in Dallas and also chaired the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Dallas for eight years. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Bryan Cytron
April 9, 2015
1920s and Earlieroral history

Myron Ball

Myron Ball z"l was born in 1924 in Reading, Pennsylvania. In his junior and senior high school days, Myron was interested in acting and writing, and ultimately pursued this interest by authoring books and a play later in his life. Directly after high school, Myron went to podiatry school, but soon after entered the Navy during World War II. Following completion of podiatry school, he moved to Dallas, and his mother and sister followed shortly thereafter. Myron met his wife, Kitzi, at the Adolphus Hotel at a dance. He practiced medicine for 64 years in addition to serving on the board of the Dallas Jewish Community Center in 1948 and working for the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas for many years. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Bryan Cytron
April 9, 2015
1930soral history

Richard Aston

Richard Aston was born in 1936 in Dallas, Texas. Richard attended Highland Park High School followed by Florida Southern College for his undergraduate years. While in college, he entered the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, and after graduating in 1960, he went right into the army as a Second Lieutenant. After his service, Richard was working for a pharmaceutical company as well as at his family's bakery. Richard's family bakery was kosher for a while and coordinated with many caterers that catered to Temple Emanu-El, Tiferet Israel, and Shearith Israel. Richard was married to loving wife, Gladys, until her passing in August 2012. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Bryan Cytron
April 9, 2015
1920s and Earlieroral history

Dave Andres

In preparation for June 6, 2004, the 60th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy known as D-Day, Dave Andres z"l shared his memories from age 19 of watching the invasion from the English Channel while serving with the U.S. Navy. Born in Dallas, TX, on April 24, 1925, to Chaya Ruchel and Harry Andres, Dave was drafted into the Navy at 18 and trained in Balboa Park in California. Following his naval service, he returned to Dallas and studied at SMU.  Dave eventually became the founder of Dave Andres Real Estate and was a longtime member of Temple Emanu-El.  He was a dedicated supporter of Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association, a baseball coach at the JCC and Dallas Metro YMCA, and, along with his wife, Ruth, helped the Dallas Jewish Historical Society through their financial and hands-on generosity. Dave passed away on December 30, 2004. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Bryan Cytron
April 7, 2015
1930soral history

Betty Ann Ablon

Betty Ann "Bebe" Ablon was born in 1938 in Boston, Massachusetts. Bebe and her family had moved to Dallas by the time she completed high school. Afterwards, she attended SMU as one of three Jewish girls at the time, graduating as an English major. Bebe went to graduate school to work in community centers. She also worked for Hope Cottage, an adoption service agency, ultimately becoming the Vice President. Bebe belongs to the National Council of Jewish Women and Temple Emanuel and is engaged with the well-being of Dallas's Jewish Community. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Bryan Cytron
April 7, 2015
oral history

Jim Hogue

Jim Hogue, Dallas Jewish Community Leader, talks about growing up in Dallas, his family and the role models and events that led him to his many past and current leadership roles.  Interviewed January 2013. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Debra Polsky
February 19, 2015