DJHS: Preserving the Past As a Living Legacy

Esther Tobolowsky Golman & friend, leaving Dallas on the Katy Flyer
“Leaving Dallas on the Katy Flyer”, ca. 1914: Esther Tobolowsky Golman and friend pose for a picture taken on a photographer’s prop, Caboose No. 32981, possibly at the 1914 State Fair of Texas. Photographers along the Katy routes used similar backdrops to create real-photo postcards, which allowed subjects to send personalized postcards to family and friends. Courtesy of the Nancy Lubar Collection at the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.

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.

“Little Miss Bluebonnet 1929”: Evelyn Dritch (nee Lynn), age 3, daughter of Louis & Rebecca (Donsky) of Dallas, had her photo taken at home on Forester Avenue where she lived with her parents, three older sisters and two older brothers. Courtesy of the Nancy Lubar Collection at the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.

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.

To donate to Dallas Jewish Historical Society on September 17, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit


Why our community needs financial education!

Did you know that Texas is ranked 42nd in the country for overall financial knowledge and planning from a study by WalletHub?

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas is a strategic resource encouraging growth in the community by planting the seeds of financial transformation with customized learning opportunities. CCCS is invested in the outcomes – improved credit scores, reduced debt, increased savings, retirement planning, resilience in a crisis, and reduced dependence on predatory lending.

We offer the encouragement and the tools to change behavior which is why one of our clients after meeting with us knew she would be able to pay off her debts and hold her head up with pride again.

Your donation to CCCS on North Texas Giving Day will allow our diverse set of clients the ability to become financially sustainable individuals ready to tackle any future obstacle.

To donate to Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas on September 17, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit

Dallas Historical Society

Giving Day supports History
When you give to the Dallas Historical Society on September 17th, you are helping to preserve and make accessible the history of Dallas and Texas, connecting people to other times and places. Donations received on Giving Day will go towards continuing our mission to collect, preserve, and exhibit Dallas and Texas history.


Giving Day supports Education
The Dallas Historical Society serves approximately 20,000 students, providing more than half with free or discounted educational programs. Outreach programs give students who are unable to visit our museum the opportunity to experience educational programs on historical topics in their own classrooms.


Your support will help:

• Provide educational materials to history teachers, students and history lovers alike

• Design and build new, free exhibits for the public

• Bring in local and national programs, free for the public

We hope you will join us in our efforts to preserve and present for others the memories of earlier times by donating to the Dallas Historical Society on North Texas Giving Day. Your support will ensure that not only the stories of the past, but also the news being made today, will be made available in the future for future generations.

To donate to the Dallas Historical Society on September 17, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit

Ability Connection Texas

It is estimated that 1 in 5 individuals will experience a disability in their lifetime.  Ability Connection’s mission is to provide a full range of services for people of all ages and disabilities as they strive to reach their highest level of independence.

Surella_hxSurella never planned to be 1 in 5.  Unexpectedly, she fainted during a physical therapy session and hit her head.  She suffered an internal bleed and was taken off heart medication.  Tragically, she then suffered a severe stroke leaving her unable to speak.  The very active Surella was now in her daughter’s care.

Surella’s daughter was shocked and angry at this life changing event.  She saw the way people treated her mother differently, not speaking directly to her, although she completely understood what was being said.  Surella’s daughter found Ability Connection and we awarded her mom a communication device.  The technology eases her frustration by giving her a voice.

Thanks to your donations to North Texas Giving Day 2014, we provided communication devices to eleven deserving people like Surella.

Join Ability Connection and other nonprofit agencies that make North Texas the best place to live on September 17 for #NTGivingDay!

To donate to Ability Connection Texas on September 17, click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit

Single Parent Advocate

1 in 3 children in North Texas are being raised by single parents.  Only 30% of the available jobs in this area pay enough to raise 2 kids on a tight budget self-sufficiently.  About 60% of these do not make enough to meet the basic expenses part of a budget, much less savings.

Not only do single parents have to deal with financial constraints, they also manage hectic daily schedules, legal issues, depression, disability, fear of failure, and loneliness.  Their children are more prone to suicide, teen pregnancy, behavioral disorders, crime, and school avoidance. Both suffer from parental tension, abandonment, and fear of change.  

“SPA” educates  and empowers these families through these tough situations.


True Hope is extended through safe socials where families actually enjoy tough holidays like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, and discounted excursions on National Single Parents Day.


Real Help is provided during Back to School, Thanksgiving, and Christmas where families are equipped with budget busting relief of gathered and donated items such as Backpacks, School Supplies, Food, and gifts for children and parents. 


Giving Day proceeds have funded Thanksgiving meals each year. In 2016, Single Parent Advocate would like to launch educational scholarships and hire staff.

To donate to Single Parent Advocate on September 17, click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit