TJHS Project 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 provides grants to individuals and non-profit organizations for activities and projects that further the TJHS mission. TJHS welcomes grant proposals.
Click the white button to the right to access a TJHS Grant Application Form, either online or pdf download.
Past TJHS Grant Recipients (searchable from bottom row):
|wdt_ID||DATE||GRANT RECIPIENT||CITY||GRANT AMOUNT||PURPOSE|
|1||2022/03 March||Mark Birnbaum||Dallas,TX||5,000||Completion funding for documentary, The Blue House, a remnant of Dallas' 19th Century Jewish Community that was saved rather then demolished for a parking lot|
|2||2022/07 July||Willow Wild Cemetery Association||Bonham, TX||5,000||For restoration and care of Bonham Jewish Cemetery|
|3||2021/11 November||David Katz, Texas Yiddish||Dallas, TX||2,000||Funding for translatiion of Yiddish letters and other documents into English|
|4||2021/04 April||Hebrew Order of David, International House of Galil||Houston, TX||5,940||HOD’s Gravestone Project, which provides markers missing from Jewish graves in cemeteries for Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Temple Emanu El, and United Orthodox Synagogues|
|5||2021/01 January||Nathalie Ross||Denton, TX||2,000||Doctorate student history project (North Texas State University) to explore influences of early Jewish immigration of the Sephardim on Jewish American and Colonial cookery in Texas. Project will result in a book entitled "The People of the Cookbook"|
|6||2020/01 January||Texarkana Museums Systems||Texarkana, TX||700||Preservation of Mount Sinai Temple collectiion (1875-2017) to purchase archival storage and environmental monitor for artifacts and ephemera of Congregation Mount Sinai|
|7||2019/10 October||Texarkana Music System||Texarkana, TX||700||Preservation of archival materials acquired from former members of the Mount Sinai Temple in Texarkana, TX/AK|
|8||2019/09 August||Gabrielle Lyle, Texas A&M University||College Station, TX||500||Examining the growth of Jewish congregations along the borders, including Laredo and El Paso, striving to put these communities in context of wider Jewry|
|9||2019/01 January||San Antonio Section of National Council of Jewish Women||San Antonio, TX||3,000||Sponsor printed materials for ongoing education programs associated with a feature-length documentary of Oral Histories of the San Antonio Jewish Community|
|10||2017/10 October||Joshua Furman, Rice University||Houston, TX||4,000||Restoring and drying papers from Beth Yeshurun Synagogue and United Orthodox Synagogues that had been damaged from Hurricane Harvey floods in Houston|
|11||2017/10 October||Marlene Trestman||New Orleans, LA||2,500||Covering interviews of children who came to Texas for the book, Most Fortunate Unfortunate: New Orlean's Jewish Orphans's Home, 1855-1946|
|12||2017/10 June||City of Corsicana Parks and Recreation Department||Corsicana, TX||25,000||Continue maintenance and restoration of synagogue in Corsicana|
|13||2017/05 June||Mark Goldberg, Professor, University of Houston||Houston, TX||2,500||Oral history project, "La Hora: Explorations in Jewish History and Identity"|
|14||2017/04 April||Jillian Glantz||1,000||Documentary about Texans with Crypto-Jewish roots|
|15||2017/01 January||Jim Yarin||500||Research for book to uncover the identify of Rope Walker, the man who died in Corsicana walking a tightrope|
|20||2016/10 October||Jewish Community Center of Austin||Austin, TX||1,000||Sponsorship for a series of monthly Texas Jewish History talks|
|21||2016/10 October||Timothy Quevillon||Houston, TX||1,500||Research trip for doctorate on Rabbi Moshe Hillel Cahana of Congregation B'rith Shalom in Houston|
|22||2016/10 October||Bob Bullock State History Museum||Austin, TX||2,500||Workshop for educators teaching Holocaust in conjunction with exhibition, "Deceit of Deception"|
|24||2016/10 January||Temple Emanu-El, Longview||Longview, TX||??||Cemetery marker pending approval by Historic Commission|
|26||2016/10 January||Adriana Katzew||2,500||Photo exhibit and book on Beatrice "Bea" Wertheimer Mallison Elias of Dallas and Victoria|
|28||2015/10 October||Cathryn Mellon, Beth Yeshuran Day School||Houston, TX||250||Frame and mount photos from book project, "Jewish Stars of David"|
|29||2015/10 October||Sandi Wisenberg||Houston, TX||950||Research into what became of eight members of 1933 Boy Scout Troop 27 in Houston|
|30||2015/10 October||Samuel Gruber||Syracuse, NY||2,500||Texas portion of "Synagogues of the South: An Online Architectural History"|
|31||2015/04 April||City of Rockdale||Rockdale, TX||525||Help in refurbishing Jewish portion of cemetery|
|34||2014/10 October||Marshall Museum||Marshall, TX||4,000||For exhibit on Jews of Marshall|
|DATE||GRANT RECIPIENT||CITY||GRANT AMOUNT||PURPOSE|
Texas Jewish Burials Database
The Texas Jewish Historical Society maintains a database of Texas Jewish burials. 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 and (3) Jewish burials in non-Jewish cemeteries. Name, birth/death dates, and cemetery for each burial, along with other information, are recorded in the database.
Search for names of departed family and friends. Type in LAST NAME and FIRST NAME in top row of the respective columns below.
If you do not see the name, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and 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 Burial Database
|wdt_ID||LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||DOB||DOD||PLACE OF BIRTH||CEMETERY LOCATION||CEMETERY NAME||HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR||CREMATION||MILITARY||NOTES|
|1||AARON||BEN B||1900-05-09||1982-06-04||DALLAS/02||Shearith Israel Memorial Park (Dolphin Rd.)|
|2||AARON||Esther GANS||1872-08-25||1934-09-23||WICHITA FALLS/01||Hebrew Rest Cemetery at Rosemont||kck|
|3||AARON||FRANK||1928-12-07||2019-07-19||Dallas/18||Sparkman-Hillcrest, Garden of David section|
|4||AARON||HANNAH||0000-00-00||1897-02-04||TYLER/02||Beth El/Oakwood Cemetery|
|5||AARON||HARRIS||1872-11-30||1951-03-20||HOUSTON/01||Adath Emeth Cemetery|
|6||AARON||ISAAC||1873-03-15||1942-11-24||DALLAS/02||Shearith Israel Memorial Park (Dolphin Rd.)|
|7||AARON||JOSEPH||1905-04-06||EL PASO/01||B'nai Zion Cemetery|
|8||AARON||JUDY FOGRASE||1919-11-27||2013-05-13||DALLAS/02||Shearith Israel Memorial Park (Dolphin Rd.)|
|9||AARON||KATIE S.||1881-07-25||1946-11-05||DALLAS/02||Shearith Israel Memorial Park (Dolphin Rd.)|
|10||AARON||LENA LAVINE||1851-07-15||1943-01-04||POLAND||CALVERT||CALVERT JEWISH CEMETERY|
|LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||DOB||DOD||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: email@example.com.
Travel with TJHS
TJHS members and friends join 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