TEXAS JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Looking to the Past.  Acting for the Future.

 

Message from Joan Linares

The TJHS Website represents over 44 years of the Texas Jewish Historical Society in “preserving the Jewish experience in Texas” and more.

Explore the menus above to discover stories, the history of TJHS and its programs, and find tools that might help you in uncovering your own family history.

Becoming a Member is easy online. There are buttons in the menu above and footer below. You can also give a gift of a membership.

Be an Advocate for
Texas Jewish History

Joan Linares
President
Texas Jewish Historical Society

Ahead in 2024

July 27-28, Summer Board Meeting in Round Rock, TX.  Details to follow.

November 1-3, Annual Southern Jewish Historical Society Conference, Louisville, Kentucky.  Details to follow.

Rabbi Jimmy Kessler Educational Outreach Fund

TJHS established the KESSLER FUND in 2023 in memory of its founder, Rabbi Jimmy Kessler.  Its purpose is to share the history of Jews in Texas through projects and activities such as sponsoring renowned speakers to TJHS Annual Gatherings and webinars, providing research grants to university students in Jewish study programs, partnering with other Jewish organizations to produce new educational materials and programs for young people, and sharing with Texans of all religious faiths the richness of Texas Jewish history.

TJHS Grants

TJHS has awarded over 60 GRANTS for varied activities and projects that support the work of scholars, filmmakers, authors, and others who expand and enhance knowledge of the Jewish presence in Texas.

TJHS grants have also been awarded for preservation of synagogues, cemeteries, and cultural heritage.

Research Resources

The TJHS Website section RESEARCH RESOURCES provides links for genealogical and historical research, including the archived TJHS Collection, all issues of the TJHS Magazine, Texas Jewish Burials Database, Past Grant Recipient Database, and examples of TJHS-funded projects. There are online links to 15 Texas-based research, historical, and memorial organizations; 14 national organizations providing historical information; and 35 regional and state Jewish historical societies.