Texas Jewish References

Temple Beth El, San Antonio, 1903

UT, Dolph Briscoe Center For American History

TAMU, Cushing Library

Texas Tech Library

American Jewish Archives

Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University

Rabbi Levi A. Olan


Disclaimer: This is a compiled list and by no means complete. If inaccuracies are found, new material uncovered or something was just left out, please let us know as soon as you can.

100 Years of Jewry in San Antonio, Frances Kallison

The battle of the "Basic Principles", Congregation Beth Israel and the anti-Zionist revolt in American Reform Judaism, Bobby Brownstein, Masters thesis, University of Houston, 1991

Annie the Immigrant, History of Annie Harelik Novit, 1987 by Jan Siegel Hart located in the Dublin Texas Public Library and Texas Jewish Historical Society archives

The Austin Jewish Community 1850-1950 by Jay Silberberg. A senior thesis for the degree of Bachelor of Arts, plan II, Austin, Texas August, 1974

Being Rapoport: Capitalist with a Conscience, Bernard Rapoport as told to Don E. Carleton. Focus on American History Series, ed. Don E. Carleton, no. 2. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002

Brazos Jews, Bill Page, 1999

By the Brazos and the Trinity they hung up their harps : two Jewish immigrants in Texas, Juliet George Dees, Thesis, TCU, 1991

A Business History of Sanger Brothers 1857-1926, Leon J. Rosenberg, NYU Thesis 1967

The Business of Jews in Louisiana 1840-1875, Elliott Ashkenazi, The University of Alabama Press, 1988

THE CARVAJAL FAMILY, The Jews and the Inquisition in New Spain in the Sixteenth Century, Alfonso Toro, Univ. Of Texas Press, 2001

The Centenary History of Congregation Beth Israel 1854-1954, Anne N. Cohen, Houston, Congregation Beth Israel, 1954

Chicano Jews In South Texas, Carlos Larralde, Thesis, UCLA, 1978

Colorful Brenham Community has history of over 120 years, Rosa L. Toubin, Texas Jewish Post, 11 Sep 1980

A Corner of Tapestry: A history of the Jewish Experience in Arkansas 1820's-1990's, Carolyn Gray LeMaster, 1994, University of Arkansas Press

Deep in the Heart: Lives and Legends of Texas Jews, Ruthe Winegarten and C. Schecter, Eakin Press, Austin, 1990

EL PASO JEWISH HISTORICAL REVIEW, Floyd S. Fierman, Director. Vol. 1, No. 1 El Paso Jewish Hist. Soc. 1982

El Paso Merchant and Civil Leader, Samuel Freudenthal and Floyd Fierman, El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1965 Southwestern Studies No. 11

The El Paso press and the Holocaust, 1938-1945, Linda L. Loy, History seminar paper included in a Masters thesis, University of Texas at El Paso; no. 301, 1996

The first one hundred years : a history of the Austin Jewish community, 1850-1950, Jay Lawrence Silberberg, Austin TX, 1974

The First One Hundred Years of Temple Beth Israel Austin, Texas by Carolyn Turner, Milton Turner, Eddie Baum, etal

Galveston, Ellis Island of the West, Bernard Marinbach, SUNY Albany Press, 1983

Halff of Texas: Merchant Rancher of the Old West, Patrick Dearen, Eakin Publications, 2001

Handbook of Texas, Austin, Texas State Historical Society (also online)

Harris and others vs. Sensheimer, Southwestern Reporter, 3:307

Henry Cohen : The Life of a Frontier Rabbi, Jimmy Kessler, Austin, TX, Eakin Press 1997

Henry Cohen-Messenger of the Lord, A. Stanley Dreyfus, New York, Bloch, 1963

HIS & HERS. The Fantasy World of the Neiman-Marcus Catalogue, Stanley Marcus. NY:The Viking Press, 1982

A Historical Sketch of the Jews of Texas, Henry Cohen, Reform Advocate, 24 Jan 1914

History of the Jews of San Antonio : early history of the Jews in southwest Texas, Samuel Marks, Chicago : Bloch & Newman, 1914

History of Jews in Texarkana, ? James, (mimeographed sheets)

History of the Jews of Waco, Gizzelle Wohlbert, Reform Advocate, 24 Jan 1914

History of Laredo's Jewish Community, Stan Green, Webb County Heritage Foundation, 1992

The History of Temple Beth Israel 1976-1957, by the Temple Beth Israel Brotherhood, December 1957, Austin, Texas

A history of zionism in Houston 1897-1975, Gerald Salzman, Masters Thesis, University of Houston (1992-1993)

HURRAH FOR TEXAS! The Diary of Adolphus Sterne: 1838-1851, Archie P. McDonald, Austin, Eakin Press 1986

Hungary Sends A Dallas-Builder, The Story of Martin Weiss Carolyn Holmes Moses (with Myrtle W. Lowe), Dallas, 1948

Jewish Pioneers of Texas, David Lefkowitz, Dallas 1936

Jewish Stars in Texas, Hollace Weiner, Texas A&M University Press, 1999

The Jewish story and memories of Marshall, Texas, Audrey Daniels Kariel, Western states Jewish historical quarterly, v. 14, no. 3, Apr. 1982

The Jewish Texans, Institute of Texas Cultures, UTSA Press, 1974

In Jewish Texas: A Family Memoir, Stanley Levy, Fort Worth, TX, U.S.A.: Texas Christian University Press, 1998

The Jews in Texas, Henry Cohen, PAJHS(also AJHQ) 4(1896):9-19

The Jews in Texas, Henry Cohen, Jewish Herald (Houston) 23 Apr 1936:1-2

The Jews of Houston, An Ethnographic Study, Elaine Maas, AMS Press, 1990

'JOE' H. GOODMAN, Patriarch and Pioneer, Hymer Elias Rosen, El Paso, 1978

From Kempen, Poland to Hempstead, Texas: The Career of Rabbi Heinrich Schwartz, unknown author, WSJH 19(Jan 1987)

The Kruger family (videorecording), Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio, 1970's

Levy L. Laurens: An Early Texas Journal, AJA 27,1(Apr 1975):61-66

Max Levine oral interview 1969, John Burnham, microfiche, UT regional history of business in the SW, no. 6

The Man Who Had Faith, A Biography of Morris Catchman, Marcus Levinson, Houston, 1976

The man who stayed in Texas, The life of Rabbi Henry Cohen, Mary Anne Cohen, New York, NY Whittlesey House 1941

The Martyr: Luis De Carvajal a Secret Jew in Sixteenth-Century Mexico, Martin A. Cohen, Jewish Publication Society, 1973

Memorial Volume Leo N. Levi I.O.B.B. 1905, Leo N. Levi, Chicago, IL, Hamberger Printing Co., 1905

Merchant Princes, An Intimate History of Jewish Families who built Great Department Stores, Leon Harris, Harper and Row, 1979

Mexican Jewry in the Land of the Aztecs, Ira T. Lerner, 6th Edition, Costa Amic, Mexico, 1973

Minding the Store:A Memoir of Stanley Marcus, Boston, Little Brown, 1974

Neiman Marcus, Texas:The Story Of The Proud Dallas Store, Frank X. Tolbert, Henry Holt & Co., New York, 1953

Oleander Odyssey, The Kempners of Galveston, Harold Hyman, Texas A & M University Press, 1990

One Hundred Years of Jewry in Texas, Henry Cohen, Dallas, 1936

Dan Oppenheimer oral interview 1970, Larry Meyer, microfiche, UT regional history of business in the SW, no. 9

Pioneer Jews - A new life in the Far West, Harriet Rochlin, Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1984

Pioneer Jewish Texans, Natalie Ornish, Texas Heritage Press, Dallas, 1989

Pioneer Jews of Waco, Mordecai Podet

Raisins & Almonds and Texas Oil!: Jewish Life in the Great East Texas Oil Field, Jan Statman, Sunbelt Eakin, 2004

The return to tradition of Reform Judaism in Houston, Texas : two decades of change, Benjamin Leon Musher, Honors thesis, Harvard University, 1995

Sangers': Pioneer Texas Merchants, Leon J. Rosenberg, Austin, Texas State Historical Association, 1978

Schwartz family of El Paso, Floyd Fierman

Schwartz vs. State, Southwestern Reporter, 24:28

Settlement of Jews in Texas, Henry Cohen, PAJHS(also AJHQ) 2(1894):139-156

Some Early Jewish Settlers on the SW frontier, Floyd Fierman

Taken at the Flood - The story of Albert D. Lasker, John Gunther, 1960, NY, Harper and Bros

Texas Jewish Burials, compiled and edited by Gertrude and Don Teter, Texas Jewish Historical Society, 1997

Texas Jewish Historical Society Bulletin, 1980-present

Texas Merchants after the Civil War 1871, L. Mandelbaum, AJA 12(Apr 1960):71-74

They Came to Stay: The Story of the Jews of Dallas 1870-1997, Rose G. Biderman, Austin, Texas, Eakin Press, 2002

Unknown title, Henry Cohen, PAJHS(also AJHQ) 5(1897):39-43

You can't live all your life : a story about Fannie Lack , Ruth V.H. Lack, editor

"In your own state, in your own community" : Jewish and non- Jewish Texans' reactions to the early days of the Holocaust, 1933-1939, Kathryn Diane Cain, Masters thesis, University of Texas at El Paso, 1998

The Zale Corporation: A Texas Success Story, Tommy Stringer, Thesis, University of NorthTexas, 1984


Henry Cohen papers, 3 boxes, 1906-1952

Julius Schepps, 1 folder, 1895-1971

Congregation B'nai Israel of Galveston TX, 1 box, 1868-1968

Moses Montefiore Congregation Adath Israel of Marshall TX, 1 folder, 1887-1921

Congregation Beth El of Odessa TX, microfilm, 1946-1959

Congregation Israel of Schulenberg TX, 1 box, 1945-1957

The Progress Club of Waco TX, 1913-1926

Congregation Rodef Sholom of Waco TX, 2 folders, 1871-1931

Rabbis of the South, 1885-1887

Fanny S. Goodman, "In the Beginning: The Jewish Community of El Paso TX" 1970

Marcus and Max Grossmayer, correspondence box file

Jacob Voorsanger, correspondence box file

Blum Family of Galveston, Biography file

Alexander Family of Laredo, Biography file

Max and Nathan Grossmayer, Biography file

David Lefkowitz of Dallas, Biography file

Samuel Sanger of Waco, Biography file

Sidney Wolf of Corpus Christi, Biography file

Jacob Voorsanger, Biography file


Henry Cohen Papers, 1881-1951, 52 feet

Max Wilhelm Dehn Papers, 1899-1954, 1975-1979, 1 foot

Jewish Galveston Immigration Collection, 1908-1914, folder

Kariel Family papers(Marshall TX), 1893-1994, 7 feet

Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society(Victoria TX), 1876-1927, folder

Fannie Mae Pravorne papers, 1913,1916,1916, folder

Alice Pearl Raphael papers, 1812-1960, folder

Bernard Rapoport (Waco TX), 1941-1995, 76 feet

Southwest United Synagogue youth and Tyler United Synagogue Youth records, 1945,1946,1960-1970, 1 foot

Texas Jewish Historical Society Records, 1838,1884-1996, 40 feet

Ruthe Winegarten papers, 1893, 1951-1995, 21 feet

Zionist Organization of America, Waco Chapter, records, 1880-1917, 1927-1933, 1952-1957, 1985-1988, folder


Raymond Reiser, 1 box (Biochemistry professor emeritus)

Hillel Foundation, 1 box (first A&M Jewish student organization, organized 1920)

Jacob Taubenhaus, 1 box (first A&M Jewish Faculty,1917)

Oral Interviews of Caldwell County- (some Lockhart and Luling Jewish Businessmen included)

Artie Browning, 1 box (Dept. Head Plant Pathology late 1980's - early 1990's)

Texas Tech Library in Lubbock
Many Thanks to Bill Page, TAMU archivist for this information

Adams, Arthur, (1895-?) Papers, 1925-1928 (includes UJC information, Jewish Relief, various correspondence)

Lee Bradley Papers, 1980-1982, Southwest Collection (Lee was the archivist for the Southwest Collection at TT, her husband was Robert Inselberg a member of the Lubbock Jewish Community, this collection represents notes and artifacts from her thesis on Jewish life in Lubbock)

Miscellaneous archival information
Many Thanks to Bill Page, TAMU archivist for this information

Levy-Goodman families papers (1850-1977) (El Paso families) Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum, Western Jewish Historical Center, Berkeley California

Meyer Brothers (Clinton, La.,1855-1909), 10 ft. and 245 v., Louisiana State University, Hill Memorial Library, Special Collections, Baton Rouge Louisiana (The Meyer family had connections with the Galveston community, includes correspondence and financial records)

Bluhm, Arthur (1899-1962, Rabbi in Amarillo) Leo Baeck Institute, Library, Archives Division, New York New York

Rapoport, Bernard (1917-), 37 feet (1950-1975), University of Texas at Arlington, University Libraries, Special Collections Division, Arlington Texas

Harris, Leo and Gertrude, oral interviews, (Jewish merchant life in Nacogdoches 1930's-1940's) Stephen F. Austin State University, Ralph W. Steen Library, East Texas Research Center, Nacogdoches Texas