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oral history

Joel Batalsky

Joel Batalsky Born in 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father passed away when Joel was just five years old, and Joel grew up in an orphanage while having his mother by his side. A strong man, Joel received a wrestling scholarship to Temple University. He joined the military after studying business administration and accounting and graduating college in 1962. Joel and his wife have been heavily involved in the Jewish community in Dallas as active members of Temple Emanu-El, the Jewish Community Center, and various veterans organizations. Joel is a proud Jew and American, inspiring many with his desire to act with kindness and to repair the world around him. Published on September 30, 2015 and amended on October 19, 2018. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here
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January 29, 2019
1920s and Earlieroral history

Norma Apt

Norma Apt Born in Greenville, Texas in 1929, Norma grew up in Fort Worth. Her father, Meyer Abramson, was a Lithuanian immigrant who opened his own store and later founded Southland Beauty Supply, exclusively supplying Helene Curtis products to Neiman Marcus and other major retailers. Norma became a speech pathologist, having graduated from Emerson College in 1953 and also having studied at Harvard. Norma spent more than 20 years as a docent with the Dallas Holocaust Museum, and became interested in studying World War II due to her brother's service in the military. Published on January 19, 2014. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here
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January 29, 2019
1940soral history

Carol Alkek

Carol Alkek Born in 1941 in Dallas, Texas, to her parents who came to the United States in 1938. Carol graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1963. She taught for many years and has worked in corporate training for 30 years. She has been a big part of Dallas's Jewish Community through her participation in organizations such as Temple Emanu-El, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the American Jewish Committee, among others. Published on June 7, 2016. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here
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January 29, 2019
1930soral history

Suzie Ablon

Suzie Ablon Suzie was born in 1935 in Dallas, Texas. A natural saleswoman, she was a pivotal employee in the catering business for 35 years. She has a big passion for rhythm and dancing, has been an important contributor to the Dallas Jewish community, and led the Federation drive in 1962. Published on Jun.7, 2016. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here
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January 29, 2019
oral history

Lois Finkelman

Lois Finkelman Grew up in Chicago and studied at Northwestern University where she met her husband. She moved to Dallas for her husband's pediatric residency and got involved in the League of Women Voters and National Council of Jewish Women as a volunteer.                                           Published on March 17, 2015. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here
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January 29, 2019
oral history

Herb Bennet

Herb Bennet Born in 1923 in Fort Worth and grew up in the small town of Breckenridge, Texas. Herb graduated in 1940 and attended University of Texas in Austin Published on Oct.22, 2018. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here
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January 29, 2019
oral history

Craig Budner

Craig Budner Born in 1964 in Dallas Now an attorney, he received the Ann Loeb Sikora Humanitarian Award from the Dallas Jewish Historical Society in 2013 for his philanthropic work in the Jewish and general communities. Published on March 3, 2013. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here
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January 29, 2019
oral history

Hylton & Veronique Jonas

Hylton & Veronique Jonas Met at a synagogue in South Africa. They got married in 1972 and immigrated to US in the year 1982 Published on February 19, 2014. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here
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January 29, 2019
oral history

Andi Gordon

  Born in Hillbrow, South Africa. Immigrated to Dallas in the late 1970s Published on January 19, 2016 Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
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January 22, 2019