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  • Shirley Wolff Toomim and Ellen Toomim Robinson oral history interview and transcript 

    Toomim, Shirley Wolff; Robinson, Ellen Toomim (2021-01-14)
  • Linda Lait Burger oral history interview and transcript 

    Burger, Linda Lait (2020-10-13)
  • Paula Schwartz Stein oral history interview and transcript 

    Stein, Paula Schwartz (2020-09-30)
  • Rabbi Sarah Fort oral history interview and transcript 

    Fort, Sarah (Rabbi) (2020-12-01)
  • 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 ...
  • Stephen Kaufman oral history interview and transcript 

    Kaufman, Stephen (2021-02-08)
    Stephen Kaufman is retired Chairman of Comiskey Kaufman Consulting and a prominent leader in the Houston Jewish community, as well as the general community. He has served most notably as President of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, as General Campaign Co-Chair of the United Way of Greater ...
  • Inez and Sheryl Eskowitz oral history interview and transcript 

    Eskowitz, Inez; Eskowitz, Sheryl (2018-08-02)
    Inez Kaufman Eskowitz was born on October 15, 1929 and lived her entire life in Houston. She graduated from Reagan High School and attended The University of Texas at Austin. After returning to Houston, she worked for Travelers Insurance and Grocers Supply. Inez married Maurice Eskowitz in 1952, with whom she had two children, and they were happily ...
  • Annette Betz & Jennifer Barnes oral history interview and transcript 

    Betz, Annette; Barnes, Jennifer; Kleiner, Stephanie (2020-06-11)
    The Medallion is an assisted living facility in Houston, Texas which is a part of Seven Acres, a Jewish senior care services nonprofit. The Medallion caters to an observant Jewish clientele. This oral history with Annette Betz, executive director, and Jennifer Barnes, director of life enrichment, explores how The Medallion worked to adapt their ...
  • Rabbi David Segal oral history interview and transcript 

    Segal, David (Rabbi) (2020-06-24)
    Rabbi David Segal was born in Houston, Texas. In this interview he discusses his family’s history in Houston, his primary education at St. John’s School, then his formative experiences growing up at Congregation Emanu El and attending summer camp at Echo Hill Ranch, which led him to become a rabbi and organizer with the Religious Action Center of ...
  • Rabbi Gideon Estes oral history interview and transcript 

    Estes, Gideon (Rabbi) (2020-05-25)
    Rabbi Gideon Estes is the rabbi at Congregation Or Ami in Houston. He grew up in California, completed his undergraduate education at UCLA, and was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Rabbi Estes began his tenure at Or Ami in 2010. In 2015 he came out to his congregation and became the first openly gay rabbi in Houston, a ...
  • Joe Buchanan oral history interview and transcript 

    Buchanan, Joseph (2020-05-11)
    Joe Buchanan is a Jewish country musician who writes and performs songs about Judaism. Buchanan was born in Clear Lake, Texas and grew up in Southeast Texas. In this interview Buchanan describes his conversion to Judaism as an adult, after struggling with searching for God in Christianity since his childhood. He describes the process of conversion ...
  • Irving Pozmantier oral history interview and transcript 

    Pozmantier, Irving; Pozmantier, Paula Gerson (2019-06-25)
    Irving Pozmantier was born in Galveston, Texas in 1930, the second child of Abraham and Annie (Krovetz) Pozmantier. He grew up attending Congregation Beth Jacob, the Conservative synagogue on the island. His family owned a menswear store, The Haberdasher. After attending the University of Texas and serving in the Korean War, Irving moved to Houston ...
  • Aubrey and Sylvia Farb oral history interview and transcript 

    Farb, Aubrey; Farb, Sylvia; Farb, Susan Morris (2018-04-23)
    Aubrey Meyer Farb was born in Galveston, Texas in September 1922 to Sophia Meyer Farb and Jacob L. Farb. He graduated from Houston’s San Jacinto High School and then from the Rice Institute, where he was an active member of the Menorah Society and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. During World War II, Farb served as a Japanese language ...
  • William Max Nathan oral history interview and transcript 

    Nathan, William Max (1954; 1977)
    William Max Nathan was born in Luling, Texas in 1895, and moved to Houston with his family when he was eight years old. As a member of the inaugural class at the Rice Institute, Nathan was the first Jewish student to graduate and the first student to graduate with distinction in 1916. His son, Charles Nathan, was the first son of a four-year Rice ...
  • Joyce Gilbert oral history interview and transcript 

    Gilbert, Joyce (2018-11-16)
    Joyce Gilbert is a Houstonian who was active with the Houston Action for Soviet Jewry (HASJ). Gilbert was born in New York City and moved to Houston with her family in 1967. She directed HASJ and served as a Vice President of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews and made her first trip to the USSR in 1984.
  • Libby Marvins oral history interview and transcript 

    Marvins, Libby (2018-11-28)
    Libby Marvins was born and raised in the small town of Wharton, Texas, located about sixty miles southwest of Houston. Wharton was home to a large Jewish population and to Congregation Shearith Israel, which was founded in 1899 and closed in 2002. Libby attended the University of Texas at Austin, married Edward “Buz” Zelman Marvins, and the two settled ...
  • Estelle Panzer and Janis Odensky oral history interview and transcript 

    Panzer, Estelle; Odensky, Janis (2019-08-30)
    Estelle Panzer and Janis Odensky are two of the three Houston women, along with Judy Jordon, who created the Tradition Board Game. Modeled on Trivial Pursuit and released in 1985, Tradition is a game of “Jewish facts, trivia, and humor.” It was very popular in the mid-eighties and was sold in department stores around the United States, United Kingdom, ...