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  • Larry Wadler oral history interview and transcript 

    Wadler, Larry (2020-10-28)
    Larry Ely Wadler was born on September 20, 1936 in Wharton, Texas to Paul and Marjorie Schwartz Wadler. In September 1940, his sister, Jo, of blessed memory, was born, and in 1950 another sister, Fredell (Cookie), was born. He entered elementary school in September 1942 and graduated high school in May 1954. He entered Tulane University in New Orleans, ...
  • Martin Cominsky oral history interview and transcript 

    Cominsky, Martin (2022-03-11)
    Martin B. Cominsky is the President and CEO of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston. He has been a community nonprofit professional since 1981, serving with Business Volunteers for the Arts, founding the SERVE HOUSTON Youth Corps, directing the Anti-Defamation League Southwest Region before leading IM’s Meals on Wheels, Refugee Services, and ...
  • Rabbi Jack Segal oral history interview and transcript 

    Segal, Jack (2021-04-26)
    Rabbi Jack Segal is a native of Brooklyn, New York and Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Houston, Texas, where he served as Associate Rabbi for eight years, then as the Senior Rabbi for 23 years. Ordained in 1954 at Mesivta Rabbi Chaim Berlin, Rabbi Segal also holds a multitude of degrees in fields such as Mathematics and Physics from ...
  • Rabbi Samuel Stahl oral history interview and transcript 

    Stahl, Samuel (2021-03-02)
    Rabbi Samuel Stahl was born in 1939 in Pennsylvania to Harry and Pearl Sherman Stahl. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1961, after which he began his rabbinical training at Hebrew Union College (HUC) in Cincinnati. He was ordained as a rabbi in 1967, then served as a chaplain until 1969. He then served for seven years as the rabbi ...
  • Michael Moore oral history interview and transcript 

    Moore, Michael (2020-08-19)
    Michael Moore is an attorney who spends much of his time actively participating in Houston's Jewish community. He grew up in El Paso, Texas, attended Rice University (Baker College, class of 1989), and eventually went to law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Michael and his husband, Kevin Taylor, moved to Houston 21 years ago. Michael ...
  • Sonia Farb Raizes oral history interview and transcript 

    Raizes, Sonia Farb (2021-08-27)
    Born in Galveston, Texas in 1927, Sonia Farb Raizes has served as a member of Hadassah since 1948. She is past president of the Emma Lazarus Group, the Houston Chapter of Hadassah, the Greater Southwest Region of Hadassah, and is a life member of Hadassah’s National Board. She was one of three recipients of Hadassah’s National “Szold” on Fundraising ...
  • University of Texas Hillel oral history interview and transcript 

    Kessler, Jimmy; Picus, Nancy Pryzant; Rosen, David; Wunsch, Lee (2021-03-31)
    In this interview with the Rice University Houston Jewish History Archive on March 31, 2021, Rabbi Jimmy Kessler, Rabbi David Rosen, Nancy Pryzant Picus and Lee Wunsch reflect on their formative years as Jewish students at the University of Texas during Rabbi Kessler’s tenure as director of Hillel in the early 1970s. Each interviewee relates anecdotes ...
  • Voices of Temple Emanu El radio broadcast about the making of Gates of Prayer 

    KTRH Houston (1976)
    “Voices of Temple Emanu El” was a weekly radio program sponsored by Congregation Emanu El that aired on KTRH on weekends, beginning in 1974. Organized by temple members Ruth Lack and Dolores Wilkenfeld, and often featuring Rabbi Robert I. Kahn, the program highlighted Emanu El members and their service to the greater Houston community. It also provided ...
  • "Set the Echoes Ringing" television broadcast - Rabbi William S. Malev Memorial Program 

    KHOU-TV Houston (1973-09-23)
    Rabbi William S. Malev was born in Russia in 1898, and immigrated to the United States in 1908. He grew up in New York and graduated with a B.A. from the City College of New York in 1919. After entering the rabbinate, he was ordained in 1925. He moved to Houston in 1946, after the founding of Congregation Beth Yeshurun, and served as senior rabbi of ...
  • Marilyn Hassid oral history interview and transcript 

    Hassid, Marilyn (2020-08-28)
    In this August 2020 interview, Marilyn Levitch Hassid reflects on growing up in Houston’s Jewish community in the 1960s and her involvement in the Jewish student boycott of the Bellaire High School graduation in 1969. She describes her time at the University of Oklahoma, where she was an active member of the Jewish student community and hosted Rabbi ...
  • Julia Wolf Mazow oral history interview and transcript 

    Mazow, Julia Wolf (2020-08-20)
    Julia Wolf Mazow was born in Houston in 1937 as the great-granddaughter of beloved Orthodox rabbi and mohel, Zachariah Emmich. After she graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1955, she attended Brandeis University, from which she graduated with a degree in English in 1959. She married Jack B. Mazow, M.D. in 1962; they were married for 57 years ...
  • Lewis family oral history interview and transcript 

    Lewis, Bernard; Lewis, Hanna; Lewis, Anne (2021-07-21)
    Hanna Ballin was born in Berlin in 1931 to parents Ilse Blumenthal Ballin and Helmut Jacob “Jack" Ballin. When she was seven years old, she left Germany with her family on October 28, 1938, only a short time before the Kristallnacht pogrom, and they settled in Philadelphia. Bernard Lewis was born in Houston in 1927 to Lena Getz Lewis and Joseph Lewis. ...
  • Houston Hillel Scrapbook, 1987 

    Houston Hillel (1987)
    From its founding in 1923 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Hillel has grown into the largest Jewish campus organization in the world. Hillel’s mission is to celebrate Jewish life and learning and to pursue social justice around the world. Young adults are encouraged to connect to their peers and other Jewish people around the globe ...
  • Shirley Wolff Toomim and Ellen Toomim Robinson oral history interview and transcript 

    Toomim, Shirley Wolff; Robinson, Ellen Toomim (2021-01-14)
    Shirley Wolff Toomim was born in Houston in 1928 to Boris and Fanny Wolff. Her father Boris became a part-owner of Star Furniture in 1924, and after Boris’s death, his son Melvyn Wolff assumed control of the company and brought his sister Shirley on board. Shirley would eventually become Vice Chair of Star Furniture, using her training in interior ...
  • Linda Lait Burger oral history interview and transcript 

    Burger, Linda Lait (2020-10-13)
    Linda Lait Burger is currently the CEO of Jewish Family Service of Houston. She grew up in El Paso, Texas, always being very involved in the Jewish community, and knowing from a young age that she wanted to go into social work. She received her undergraduate and Master of Science in Social Work degrees from the University of Texas in Austin. In this ...
  • Paula Schwartz Stein oral history interview and transcript 

    Stein, Paula Schwartz (2020-09-30)
    Paula Schwartz Stein grew up in a Jewish family in Schulenburg, Texas. Her family came to central Texas in the 1860s from the Alsace-Lorraine region of western Europe. Stein’s father, Hirsh Schwartz, served as mayor of Schulenburg from 1965 until his death in 1981. In this interview, Stein relates the history of her grandparents and great-grandparents ...
  • J. Kent "Kenny" Friedman oral history interview and transcript 

    Friedman, J. Kent (2020-12-28)
    J. Kent Friedman has recently retired as the General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of Morae Legal Corporation, an international legal consulting firm. He grew up in Biloxi, Mississippi, and received a B.B.A and a LL.B. degree from Tulane, as well as a LL.M. degree in Taxation from Boston University. Kenny has served as president of the ...
  • Rabbi Sarah Fort oral history interview and transcript 

    Fort, Sarah (Rabbi) (2020-12-01)
    Rabbi Sarah Fort is an associate rabbi at Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Houston, the largest Conservative synagogue in the United States. She grew up in Maryland and Virginia, and then studied Government and International Politics at George Mason University. She was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, part of the American Jewish ...
  • Sherry Merfish oral history interview and transcript 

    Merfish, Sherry (2019-03-01)
    A native of San Antonio, Texas, Sherry Matusoff Merfish has had a long career in advocacy and fundraising. She received a BA in literature from University of Texas at Austin, an MA in American Studies from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles in 1975 and a JD from the University of Houston in 1981. She has spent a majority of her ...
  • Congregation Emanu El Building Dedication Program 

    Congregation Emanu El (1949-09)
    Congregation Emanu El was established in Houston in June 1944 as the city's second Reform temple, following a contentious debate among the members of Congregation Beth Israel over support for Zionism and the establishment of a Jewish state. In 1945, the congregation acquired property at 1500 Sunset Boulevard, across the street from Rice. Their building, ...

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