It is said that those who forget history are condemned to repeat it. At Dallas Jewish Historical Society (DJHS), we’re in the business of remembering — preserving memories and sharing those stories in a way that informs the future. DJHS is the only organization that collects, preserves and shares the photos, documents, artifacts and stories of Jewish life in the greater Dallas area.
Dallas became a city in 1856 and by 1858 the first Jewish merchant had opened a store. From there, the history of Dallas is filled with names of Jewish leaders in retail, manufacturing, politics, cultural arts and other areas. In chronicling the history of the Jewish community, we tell the story of Dallas itself.
Our previous Giving Day proceeds have been used to initiate digitization of our Oral History interviews with Jews in Dallas — both natives and newcomers — who tell the stories of how and why they came here and what they’ve done since arriving.
This year’s proceeds will continue to help fund our ever-expanding digitization efforts in addition to contributing to general operating support. We currently seek additional funding to continue converting and processing more than 500 completed interviews and thousands of photos, documents, and artifact descriptions.