Texas Jewish Historical Society Holds Quarterly Meeting in Abilene

Texas Jewish Historical Society Holds Quarterly Meeting in Abilene

By Davie Lou Solka

The quarterly meeting of the Texas Jewish Historical Society was held in Abilene October 5 through 7. Members attended Friday night services at Temple Mizpah. Saturday morning the society returned to the synagogue to hear about some of its history.

Saturday afternoon, destinations included the 12th Armory Division Memorial Museum, the Frontier Texas Museum and the Jewish section of Abilene’s Elmwood Memorial Cemetery.

Saturday night, Abilene City Councilwoman Donna Albus presented a humorous after dinner speech about Abilene’s colorful history.

The board of directors voted to name the Jewish archives in the Bob Bullock History Museum in Austin in honor of Debra Winegarten, a past president of TJHS who passed away recently. Winegarten wrote several books on Jewish topics.

The awards committee recognized Lynna Kay Shuffield of Houston and Babbette Samuels of Corsicana for their efforts in preserving Texas Jewish history. They will be presented plaques at the annual meeting next year in Houston.

TJHS has an active speakers bureau and traveling exhibit. To request a speaker, contact Jan Hart at (254) 718-2676 or jshauthor@sbcglobal.net. For the traveling exhibit, contact Barbara Rosenberg at (281) 494-2668 or bcr219@windstream.net.

Vickie Vogel, chair of the traveling committee, is organizing a trip to Toronto for next September. Contact her at vickvogel@yahoo.com or (979) 966-2493 for more information.

The next quarterly meeting of the TJHS will be in Brownsville January 25 through 27. ■

For more information about the Texas Jewish Historical Society, visit txjhs.org.

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