A Dallas Jewish Journey is the Dallas Jewish Historical Society’s video project, produced locally by Media Projects, Inc. Allen & Cynthia Salzman Mondell have been making award-winning docudramas and documentary films and videos for over 30 years. This DVD takes you from the beginnings of the Dallas Jewish community to the more recent community we know today; through photographs, news events and personal stories, narrated by renowned actor Stephen Tobolowsky (a home-grown member of the Dallas Jewish community.)
This is the first 2 minutes to the Dallas Jewish Journey. If you are having trouble viewing this video, try clicking here and watch the video on our Facebook page under the video section.
The Levin Years: A Golden Era
1929-1951 Dallas, Texas Bet Ha-Sefer Ha-Ivre Ba-Dallas : Hebrew School of Dallas and Its Extended Activities
Spoken Memories: Reflections on Dallas Jewish History
Produced by the Dallas Jewish Historical Society to honor and celebrate members of the Dallas Jewish community, Spoken Memories is a collection of oral histories redacted from interviews conducted between March 1971 and March 2009. Volunteer members of the Dallas Jewish community conducted interviews in homes, offices, retirement facilities and the Jewish Community Center using whatever currently available technology for recording these historical narratives. For two years prior to the release of the book, a new group of volunteers listened and synopsized those records to lovingly prepare this tribute book.
The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South
by Eli N. Evans (2005, Paperback, Revised)
First published in 1973 and updated in 1997, this was one of the first books to survey the history and contributions of Jews in the South. No other book on this subject combines elements of memoir and history in such a compelling way. This edition includes a gallery of more than two dozen family and historical photographs as well as a new introduction by the author.
In Jewish Texas : A Family Memoir
by Stanley E. Ely (1998, Hardcover)
Stanley Ely says that when the fiftieth or so person confronted him with a skeptical, “You mean you’re Jewish, and you’re from Texas?” he decided to do more than smile and say, “Yes.” The result is this funny, caustic and nostalgic tale in the tradition of popular regionally and ethnically focused memoirs.
Combining the stories of the author’s grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, siblings and friends and including an abundance of family photos, the book continues until today, as Ely faces his own senior years living in New York. Though the book is not a typical “coming out” story, the reader also learns of Ely’s gradual and at times reluctant acceptance of himself as a gay man.
The story of Ely’s family and their friends reflects the impressive growth of Dallas and its Jewish population in the first half of this century. As he narrates the building of new lives in Texas, Ely also portrays the integration of a minority segment of Jewish immigrants in America outside the great cities of the North.
A Dallas Jewish Journey and Spoken Memories are available for sale at our office in the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center in Dallas.