Looking to the Past.  Acting for the Future.


Message from the TJHS President

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
Texas Jewish Historical Society

Upcoming 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.

TJHS accepts GRANT applications for varied activities and projects that support the work of scholars, filmmakers, authors, and others who expand and enhance the knowledge and understanding of the Jewish presence  in Texas.

The RESEARCH RESOURCES  contain helpful online links for personal research, including   TJHS Collection, TJHS Magazine archive, Texas Jewish Burials Database, Past Grant Recipient Database  as well as examples of three TJHS-funded projects. In addition are links to  15 Texas-based  research organizations, 15 national organizations, and 35 regional and state Jewish Historical Societies.

The 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 such projects sponsoring renowned speakers to TJHS Annual Gatherings, providing research grants to university students in Jewish study programs, partnering with other organizations to expand educational programs for young people, and sharing with Texans of all religions the richness of Texas Jewish history.