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  • Suzanne Jacobson oral history interview and transcript 

    Jacobson, Suzanne (2021-07-07)
    Suzanne Shulman Jacobson was born in Stamford, Connecticut. She moved to Houston in 1975 and started working for the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston the very week she arrived. At the Federation, Jacobson has held numerous positions, including Women’s Division Director, Young Leadership Director, and many positions in the Development Department, ...
  • Hyman Penn oral history interview and transcript 

    Penn, Hyman (2022-06-08)
    Hyman Penn was born in Houston to Holocaust survivors Linda and Morris I. Penn in 1954. Penn attended the University of Texas Medical School, and was a pediatrician at Texas Children’s for 35 years, until retiring in 2020. Penn has been a member of Temple Beth Torah (TBT) for the last 35 years. He has served as the president, vice president and Men’s ...
  • Joe Williams oral history interview and transcript 

    Williams, Joe (2022-05-05)
    Joe Williams was born in January 1946. He is a native of Beaumont, Texas and a graduate of Lamar University. Joe has held a long career in the property and casualty insurance industry, holding a multitude of positions along the way. Joe has also served as the president of Congregation Emanu El in Houston and the president of the Jewish Federation of ...
  • Rabbi Shaul Osadchey oral history interview and transcript 

    Osadchey, Shaul (2022-02-25)
    Rabbi Shaul Osadchey was born in Los Angeles in 1950. He became involved with the Soviet Jewry movement while a student at Los Angeles Hebrew High and continued his activism while a student at the University of California, Berkeley. Osadchey participated in a number of protests, including a peaceful disruption of a performance by the Soviet Moiseyev ...
  • Freda Delphine “Bitsy” Proler oral history interview and transcript 

    Proler, Freda Delphine "Bitsy" (2022-02-24)
    Freda Delphine “Bitsy” Proler May 26, 1933 was born in Harlingen, Texas to Ben and Delma Epstein. She married Jackie Proler at Houston’s Congregation Emanu El in 1951, and, after living for a short time in San Antonio, the couple moved back to Houston, where they raised four children. Today, Bitsy still resides in Houston and remains active at ...
  • Joel Dinkin oral history interview and transcript 

    Dinkin, Joel (2021-04-15)
    Joel Dinkin, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He also earned master’s degrees in social work from Yeshiva University, and in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Joel initially moved to Houston, Texas in 1979 to work at the ...
  • W. Kenneth Horwitz and Annette Horwitz Sondock oral history interview and transcript 

    Horwitz, W. Kenneth; Sondock, Annette Horwitz (2022-02-21)
    Dr. W. Ken Horwitz and Annette Sondock are siblings and natives of Beaumont, Texas. Ken is a former basketball player for the University of Texas at Austin Longhorns where he played in the 1950’s a veteran of the United States Air Force, as well as a doctor in the field of Dentistry. Annette is a musician and performer, who spent much of her early ...
  • Rochella Cooper oral history interview and transcript 

    Cooper, Rochella (2022-02-15)
    Rochella Cooper was born in South Africa in 1933. In her formative years as a musician she acquired a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Capetown (Dist. Hon.) and in 1956 left South Africa for further study at the Royal Academy of Music. Soon thereafter she moved to Paris where she continued her flute studies with Renee Rateau, (Boston ...
  • Rabbi Roy Walter oral history interview and transcript 

    Walter, Roy A. (2021-05-05)
    Rabbi Roy A. Walter served as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Emanu El from 1978 to 2011. He came to Emanu El following his ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1970, and served eight years as Assistant and Associate Rabbi. Rabbi Walter is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and holds a B.A. degree from Tulane University and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...

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