Texas Jewish Historical Society Meets in Brownsville

Texas Jewish Historical Society Meets in Brownsville

By Bob Lewis

Members of the Rio Grande Valley Jewish community welcomed members of the Texas Jewish Historical Society to Brownsville Jan. 25 through 27 for the group’s quarterly meeting.

TJHS quarterly meetings are held in different parts of Texas to give members a chance to learn about Jewish activities in cities of all sizes. Several members of congregations in Brownsville and McAllen participated in the Brownsville gathering.

Friday night services were held at Temple Beth El followed by dinner in the synagogue’s reception hall.

Saturday morning featured a panel discussion of Jewish life in the Rio Grande Valley. Saturday afternoon society members went to the Old City Cemetery, the historical museum and the famous Gladys Porter Zoo. Saturday night, Harriett Denise Joseph, history professor at UT Rio Grande Valley lectured on the history of Temple Beth El, where she is a member.

At Sunday morning’s board meeting, a $3,000 grant was approved to a group making a video of San Antonio Jews. The traveling exhibit got an exceptional addition when professional photographer Robert Cohen donated several photos of Jewish gravesites. Jan Hart, chair of the speaker’s bureau, announced that Suzanne Campbell of San Angelo is available to give presentations on Jewish topics to audiences in West Texas.

Preparations are well underway on the annual gathering set for April 5 through 7 in Houston, when new officers will be installed and annual awards presented. ■

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