Ways to Donate

The Dallas Jewish Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on membership, donations, and other financial contributions to our mission of preservation and education.  Without DJHS, the history of the Greater Dallas Jewish Community and its contribution locally, nationally, and internationally, would be lost.

Please use one of the following options to support the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.

MAKE A DONATION

A tribute or memorial gift to the Dallas Jewish Historical Society is a meaningful way to honor a friend or loved one or to celebrate any special occasion. “Get Well,” “In Honor of,” or “In Memory of” contributions will be acknowledged to both the recipient and the sender.

GINGER CHESNICK JACOBS HISTORICAL TOUR & OUTREACH FUND

Named in memory of Dallas Jewish Historical Society founder Ginger Chesnick Jacobs, this donation provides funding to support guided tours of meaningful places and historical interest to the Greater Dallas Jewish community and to support outreach activities that engage, educate, and share the rich cultural history of Jewish Dallas.

NAXON FAMILY PROJECT FUND

The Naxon Family began this fund in memory of William Naxon, a Dallas Jewish Historical Society supporter.  This endowment provides funding for films, author events, lectures, exhibits, and other programs and projects of the DJHS, designed to engage, educate, and enrich the lives of our membership and the Greater Dallas community.

JIM SCHWARTZ ANNUAL LECTURE SERIES FUND

Named in memory of DJHS Past President, Jim Schwartz, this funding provides ongoing support of our annual lecture series, so that we may continue to provide the engaging and educational discourse which helps connect us all to our Dallas Jewish heritage.

MORTON RACHOFSKY ORAL HISTORY ARCHIVE FUND

The Dallas Jewish Historical Society Oral History Project began in the early 1970s. Since then we have recorded interviews with over 750 members of the Greater Dallas Jewish community from all walks of life—both natives and newcomers—preserving life’s lessons and important events for future generations. A generous donation from the Sam Feldman Family has created a permanent fund, establishing the Morton Rachofsky Oral History Archive, serving as a collective memory and conveying to the community the values and history of different generations.

THE BLUE HOUSE DOCUMENTARY FUND

Our main purpose at DJHS is the preservation of historical items of local interest, and sometimes part of that purpose includes the effort to save a piece of history… like the history of the Blue House. The sole remnant of Dallas’ 19th Century Jewish community, this 146-year-old home was about to be torn down for a parking lot. Early in 2016, efforts began to save this last standing piece of our past. Realizing the vital nature of the house’s story, local filmmaker Mark Birnbaum, has been documenting this incredible journey every step of the way. As the journey of the Blue House comes to a successful finish, Mark’s journey towards creating a full-length documentary also nears it’s conclusion. “The Blue House” documentary will examine the Jewish history of Dallas through the lens of a house that defied the odds. With a project completion expected in the spring of 2023, as we near the finish line, there is still some funding needed to complete the project. We hope that you will choose to be part of this important journey with us. All funds donated to this project will be used for the sole purpose of the completion of the documentary.

DONATIONS OF HISTORICAL ITEMS

Our main purpose at DJHS is the preservation of historical items of local interest, including photographs, documents, artifacts, and business and organizational records. We do accept donations of these types of items, subject to certain conditions and by appointment. Please contact us at [email protected] or (214) 239-7116 for information about donating an item to the collection. Please note: Donations cannot be left at the Jewish Community Center.

DONATE YOUR TIME

The value the DJHS places on its volunteers is immeasurable. Volunteering provides donors with a hands-on approach to support the DJHS. Numerous volunteer opportunities are available ranging from working with archive materials to public outreach via our oral history, lecture series, and partnership programs. Please contact us at [email protected] or call (214) 239-7120 for more information about volunteering your time.