Outstanding Recognition Awards
The Texas Jewish Historical Society gives Outstanding Recognition Awards in two areas: (1) Significant Historic Site Preservation and (2) Extraordinary Historic Project. An award is not necessarily given each year; only when a person merits it. See previous awardees at the end of this page.
Submit a Nomination
TJHS welcomes nominations that identify those individuals who have made a significant and lasting impact on the preservation of Texas Jewish history. The submission deadline is July 15 of each calendar year.
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TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION:
ONLINE: Complete the grant application form below and click SUBMIT to automatically send the completed form via email to the Nominator, Awards Committee Chair, TJHS President, and TJHS Admin.
BY MAIL: Click right blue button to access, print, and complete an Outstanding Recognition Award nomination form. Send to TJHS as directed.
Significant Historic Site Preservation
- Babette Samuels for her work in preserving Temple Beth El in Corsicana. Presented in April 2019.
- Leon and Mimi Toubin for the restoration of the Orthodox Synagogue orgininally in Brenham and moved to Austin in order to continue as a sacred place for Jewish worship services. Presented in October 2014.
Extraordinary Historic Project
- Hollace Ava Weiner for a body of creative work that furthered the mission of TJHS, including compiling and editing Lone Stars of David: Jews of Texas. Presented in April 2021.
- Gertrude and Don Teter for cataloging and publishing work on Jewish gravesites. Presented in April 2021.
- Lynna Kay Shuffield for her work in documenting and preserving Jewish cemeteries in Texas. Presented in April 2019.
- Rabbi Jimmy Kessler for the 1980 founding of the Texas Jewish Historical Society, which continues to educate, preserve, and archive Texas Jewish history. Presented in April 2016.