Texas Jewish Historical Society News
Texas Jewish Historical Society Names Incoming Board
The Texas Jewish Historical Society held their 39th Annual Gathering in Fort Worth in April. Davie Lou Solka was re-elected president for the coming year, along with Nelson Chafetz, second vice president. Board Members from Austin include John Campbell, Gail Cannon, Judy Cassorla, Brad Greenblum, Pacey Laves, Sheldon Lippman, Jack Solka and Vickie Vogel. ■
Texas Jewish Historical Society Offers Speakers Bureau
The Speakers Bureau of the Texas Jewish Historical Society has members who are available to bring programming to congregations and organizations on a number of subjects, including historical Jewish people and places, how to do oral histories, and facts about Texas Jewish Historical Society and what we do.
Recent programs were provided for Beth Yeshuran Hebrew Day School in Houston and Temple Shalom Adult Education in Dallas.
For programs for your congregation or organization, contact Jan Hart at 254-718-8131 or Gayle Can-non at 214-236-9436.
Texas Jewish Historical Society also has two museum-quality photo exhibits available for display, “Shalom Ya’ll” and “Howdy Ya’ll”. They depict early Jewish life and contributions since the early part of the 20th century. These exhibits have traveled to many congregations in Texas, as well as out of state. Each exhibit is comprised of approximately 36 photographs that can be either self-standing with an easel back or hung on a wall. There is no charge for the exhibit, and they will be shipped prepaid freight via UPS in waterproof boxes. Those borrowing the exhibit are only responsible for the cost of returning the exhibit via UPS ground. For more information, contact Deidra Cizon at 214-361-7179 or email@example.com. ■
Texas Jewish Historical Society Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Recognition Awards
Texas Jewish Historical Society is seeking nominations for Outstanding Recognition Awards in two areas: Significant Historic Site Preservation, awarded first to Leon and Mimi Toubin for the restoration of the Orthodox synagogue from Brenham that was moved to Austin in order to continue as a sacred place for Jewish worship services; and Extraordinary Historic Project, awarded first to Rabbi Jimmy Kessler for the 1980 founding of the Texas Jewish Historical Society, which continues to educate, to preserve stories, and to archive Texas Jewish History.
TJHS now seeks your help to identify and honor those individuals who have made a significant and lasting impact on the preservation of Texas Jewish History. Only one award per year can be given in each category, but it is not mandated to be given every year, only when an outstanding accomplishment merits the award. Recognitions as determined by TJHS Award Committee will be presented at TJHS Spring Annual Gathering.
The award nomination form is available at txjhs.org. Nomination deadline is July 15. ■