Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Dallas Jewish Historical Society Inc

  • Dallas, TX
  • www.djhs.org

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society to preserve and protect collections of written, visual and audible materials that document the history of the Dallas Jewish community, and to make these materials available to the public and researchers, and to keep the past as a living legacy for our community.

Main Programs

  1. Andres Family Lecture Series
  2. Oral History Project

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ruling year

1987

Executive Director since 2012

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Debra G Polsky

Keywords

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Dallas, Jewish, Jewish Historical, Archive, Historical Society, Oral History, Preservation

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EIN

75-2156817

 Number

0364016236

Physical Address

7900 Northaven Rd.

Dallas, TX 75230

Also Known As

DJHS

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Jewish (X30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Dallas Jewish Historical Society has provided archival support for a variety of organizations in the past year, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas' 100th Anniversary events, Akiba Academy 50th Anniversary Gala Year, National Council of Jewish Women's 100th Birthday in Dallas, and a variety of other, small events. In addition, the Andres Family Lecture Series has continued to provide interesting, knowledgeable speakers of state, national, and even international renown to conduct lectures with historical appeal for the Jewish and general communities. The Dallas Jewish Historical Society creates and displays documents, photographs and artifacts in changing exhibits at our location in the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center. Our current exhibit, "Dallas Jewish Merchants--Building an Economy," includes photos, books and artifacts from over 100 years of the Jewish retail presence in Dallas.

Programs

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Program 1

Andres Family Lecture Series

The Andres Family Lecture Series provides lectures and programs on topics of interest to the Dallas Jewish and general communities. This year's speakers include two authors speaking on "Jewish Women in the West" and "Designing Women, Texas Style--Page Boy Maternity and the Frankfurt Sisters of Dallas." The third program will be a lecture on Jews in the Fine Arts and showcase of local Jewish professional artists.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 2

Oral History Project

Throughout our history, the DJHS has been engaged in collecting and archiving oral history interviews with members of the Dallas Jewish community. We currently have over 350 individuals on a variety of media formats and continue to collect on a weekly basis.

Category

Historic Preservation & Conservation

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$500.00

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Executive Director

Debra G Polsky

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

""Today is tomorrow's history"--the motto of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society reminds us that history is made every day.  Without preservation and accessibility of artifacts, writings, photographs and oral history, much of that history is also lost every day.  The Dallas Jewish Historical Society relies on the support of members to accomplish its mission of preservation and education. Without that support, the Jewish heritage of Dallas—the heritage of our community and its pursuit of religious and secular life, philanthropic values and economic contributions--would be lost."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jim Schwartz

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