TJHS Projects

TJHS Grants

TJHS sponsors and promotes activities and projects to research, collect, preserve, publish, and disseminate information, in written or visual media, regarding the settlement and history of Jews in Texas—and their participation in its social, economic, religious, political, professional, and cultural growth.

TJHS accepts grant applications from individuals and non-profit organizations for activities and projects that further the TJHS mission. 

 TJHS grant for an online exhibit of old postcards of long-gone Texas synagogues.

TJHS Grant Recipients for Books and Films

Books

TJHS has provided financial support for publications on Texas Jewish history, including the following books, available in libraries and the TJHS Collection (Briscoe Center UT-Austin); and for purchase on amazon.com:

 

  • Lone Stars of David: The Jews of Texas, Hollace Ava Weiner and Kenneth D. Roseman (Editors), Brandeis University Press, 2007

  • Jewish Stars in Texas: Rabbis and Their Work, Hollace Ava Weiner (Author), Texas A&M Press, 1999

  • Deep in the Heart: The Lives and Legends of Texas Jews, Ruthe Lewin Winegarten and Cathy Schechter (Authors), Eakin Press, 1990

  • Most Fortunate Unfortunates: The Jewish Orphans’ Home of New Orleans, Marlene Trestman (Author), LSU Press, 2023

  • Rope Walker: A Texas Jewish History Mystery, Jim Yarin, (Author), 248 Ancestors, 2020.

  • Memories of Two Generations: A Yiddish Life in Russia and Texas, Alexander Z. Gurwitz (Author), Bryan Edward Stone (Editor), University Alabama Press, 2022.

Films

TJHS has provided financial grants for production of films on Texas Jewish history, including the following:

 

  • Grit and Grace: How Jewish Women Built a Better Texas, Barbara Rosenthal (Director), Jeff Gross (Producer), Howdy Nagila LLC (Production), Upcoming Spring 2025.

     

  • The Blue House: A Documentary, Mark Birnbaum (Producer), Mark Birnbaum Productions, Upcoming 2024.

     

  • People of the Crossing: The Jews of El Paso, Isaac Artenstein (Producer), Cinewest Productions, 2023.

     

  • West of Hester Street, Allen and  Cynthia Salzman Mondell (Writers, Producers, Directors), 1983.

     

  • Remember My Soul: Exploring the Crypto-Judaic History of the Borderlands, Jillian Glantz (Director, Producer), 2019.

All Past TJHS Grant Recipients (searchable from bottom row):

TJHS Archives

The TJHS Collection has been established at the Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. The Collection contains the official records of the Texas Jewish Historical Society, as well source materials; documents; and family, community, and organization histories, dating from 1824. The Collection is organized by the Briscoe Center into nine series: Administration of TJHS, Communities, Family Histories, Rabbis and Cantors, Texas Jewish Organizations, Published Materials, Photographs, Audio, and Video and Film.

Texas Jewish Burials Database

The Texas Jewish Historical Society maintains a database of Texas Jewish burials, including the name, birth/death dates, and cemetery for each. The goal of this project is to include all Jewish burials in Texas, in all types of cemeteries:

1) consecrated Jewish cemeteries separate from any other cemeteries,

(2) sections of non-sectarian cemeteries consecrated and dedicated as Jewish cemeteries 

(3) Jewish burials in non-Jewish cemeteries.

Search for names of departed family and friends.  Type in LAST NAME and FIRST NAME in bottom row of the respective columns below.

If you do not see the name, please send a message to webmaster2@txjhs.org.  Include Date of Birth, Date of Death, City of Birth, Location of Cemetery, Name of Cemetery, Holocaust Survivor, Cremation, and Military Service, as relevant.

Texas Jewish Burials Database

wdt_ID wdt_created_by wdt_created_at wdt_last_edited_by wdt_last_edited_at LAST NAME FIRST NAME DATE OF BIRTH DATE OF DEATH PLACE OF BIRTH CEMETERY LOCATION CEMETERY NAME HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR CREMATION MILITARY NOTES
1 justin 2024-04-17 01:05 PM kathy 2024-05-04 07:09 AM CAMERON Sandra Faye MACE 1940-12-08 2012-12-11 Fort Worth, TX HOUSTON/99 Cremation or unknown burial 2024kck
2 justin 2024-04-17 01:05 PM kathy 2024-05-05 12:49 PM INGRAHAM Janet E. SILVERSTEIN 1939-09-04 2013-02-02 Bronx, NY HOUSTON/07 Emanu El Memorial Park 2024kck
3 justin 2024-04-17 01:05 PM kathy 2024-05-05 01:37 PM IRWIN Louise Ablon BROCHSTEIN 1942-03-19 2013-03-10 Houston, TX HOUSTON/99 Cremation or unknown burial Son of Harry & Ellen ROSENTHAL Brochstein; 1st husb, Ronald A Jacobs; 2nd, Robert S. Abrasely; 3rd, Robert Irwin - 2024kck
4 justin 2024-04-17 01:05 PM kathy 2024-05-05 01:43 PM KELMINSON Janeen COLEMAN 1950-08-05 2013-04-22 Dallas, TX DALLAS/99 Cremation or unknown burial Parents, Julius & Frances Coleman; husb, Marc - 2024kck
5 justin 2024-04-17 01:05 PM kathy 2024-05-05 05:40 PM KIPNESS James 1945-07-28 2012-12-02 New York City DALLAS/99 Cremation or unknown burial Son of Max Kipner and Molly MENAGED Kipness - 2024kck
6 justin 2024-04-17 01:05 PM kathy 2024-05-05 06:05 PM MCSHANE Mildred Rose 'Mimi" ALLEGAN 1936-02-13 2012-12-16 Chicago, IL DALLAS/99 Cremation or unknown burial Jewish parents, Harry & Harriet PILKA ALLEGAN buried in Westlawn Cem, Norridge, IL - 2024kck
7 justin 2024-04-17 01:05 PM kathy 2024-05-05 06:11 PM RAY Frances GREENBERG 1929-09-05 2012-12-10 Brooklyn, NY HOUSTON/99 Cremation or unknown burial 2024kck
8 justin 2024-04-17 01:05 PM kathy 2024-05-10 03:02 PM ROSENSTEIN Joseph 1919-09-29 2013-05-03 Gainesville, TX DALLAS/03 Temple Emanu El Cemetery (1872-1886 Hebrew Benevolent Society, Howell St.) US ARMY WWII; retired as Major in Army Reserves, 1950 Mausoleum - 2024kck
9 justin 2024-04-17 01:05 PM kathy 2024-05-05 06:25 PM ROTHMAN Martin 1926-11-04 2013-05-11 New York City, NY HOUSTON/99 Cremation or unknown burial 2024kck
10 justin 2024-04-17 01:05 PM kathy 2024-05-05 06:34 PM SIEGEL Michael R. 1957-05-29 2012-11-16 Pasadena, CA TEXAS/99 Cremation or unknown burial 2024kck
LAST NAME FIRST NAME DATE OF BIRTH DATE OF DEATH PLACE OF BIRTH CEMETERY LOCATION CEMETERY NAME HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR CREMATION MILITARY NOTES

Jewish Cemetery Historic Designations

The Texas Jewish Historical Society sponsors a project for identifying, locating, and documenting Texas Jewish cemeteries. In addition to honoring the memories of those buried in often forgotten cemeteries, important new historical, sociological, demographic, and genealogical information can be obtained from a rediscovered cemetery.

Another goal of this project is to facilitate the awarding of “Historic Texas Cemetery” designations and markers by the Texas Historical Commission. A cemetery is eligible for Historic Texas Cemetery designation if it is at least 50 years old and is deemed worthy of recognition for its historical associations. The designation can serve as a legal instrument preventing encroachment on the grounds of a cemetery. To date, TJHS has facilitated Historic Texas Cemetery designations for cemeteries throughout Texas, including Houston, Marshall, Fort Worth, Paris, Gonzales, LaGrange, Navasota, Gainesville, and Galveston.

Click below for Information about obtaining a Historic Texas Cemetery designation by the Texas Historical Commission .

TJHS Speakers Bureau

TJHS members are available to give lively presentations in person or via Zoom to congregations, civic organizations, and other groups.  Topics could include stories of historical Jewish Texans (both well-known and little-known) and their towns, how to do oral histories, information about TJHS programs and archives, and more!

Arrange for a speaker for your upcoming event by contacting: tjhsspeakers@txjhs.org

Travel with TJHS

Over the past years, TJHS members and friends have joined together for travel with a focus on the history of Jewish communities in the United States and other countries. Below are memories of past TJHS travels.

Toronto, Canada / Sept 11-13, 2019

Cuba / January 23-30, 2017

Cuba / June 8-15, 2015

Cuba / April 28 – May 5, 2014

India / March 11-26, 2011

Southern Caribbean Jewish Heritage Cruise / February 3-10, 2008

Utica, Jackson, Greenville, Cleveland, Alligator, & Clarksdale (Mississippi); and Memphis (Tennessee) /July 12-18, 1998

Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, and Matamoros / February 9-12, 1995