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01/29/2020

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Standing room only at DJHS-DJF Partner Series: JUDAISM & THE AFTERLIFE: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE? Featuring Rabbi Adam ...
01/29/2020

Standing room only at DJHS-DJF Partner Series: JUDAISM & THE AFTERLIFE: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE? Featuring Rabbi Adam Roffman and Cantor Don Croll, and our moderator, Zane Belyea.

Preservation 101 is THIS Sunday from 10am-12pm. Spots are going fast, register here to reserve your place: Register here...
01/23/2020
DJHS Preservation 101 Workshop January 26, 2020

Preservation 101 is THIS Sunday from 10am-12pm. Spots are going fast, register here to reserve your place: Register here:

Do you have old family photographs, books, documents, or other memorabilia in boxes in a spare room or garage? Are you unsure if your family heirlooms and documents might have any value? Do you think you might have something great and want to preserve it, but just don’t know where to start? Jessic...

Mark your calendars! April 30, 2020 is our biennial One Story at a Time event, honoring the Latino-Jewish Community of D...
01/22/2020

Mark your calendars! April 30, 2020 is our biennial One Story at a Time event, honoring the Latino-Jewish Community of Dallas.

01/22/2020

Check out the most recent issue of The Rambler, published by the Southern Jewish Historical Society, to learn a little a bit about our recent acquisition of the Morton Rachofsky Family Collection.

https://www.jewishsouth.org/sites/default/files/rambler_v24i1_web_version.pdf

New year, new decade, new goals...Join our Archivist as she gets back to basics to help YOU organize, assess, and care f...
01/21/2020

New year, new decade, new goals...

Join our Archivist as she gets back to basics to help YOU organize, assess, and care for your personal collections for future generations.

Sunday, January 26, 2020 | 10am-12pm | Aaron Family JCC
$25 members | $40 non-members
Register here: https://buff.ly/2Ri3XSJ

(Photo from 2019 Preservation 101 Workshop)

Check out our upcoming "Partner Series" being held in conjunction with Dallas Jewish Funerals, our 2019-2020 Corporate S...
01/20/2020

Check out our upcoming "Partner Series" being held in conjunction with Dallas Jewish Funerals, our 2019-2020 Corporate Sponsor!

We're in the business of preserving history--and not just our own. Recently, we've connected with The Sherwin Miller Mus...
01/13/2020
Regional Treasures: Menorahs from Historic Temple Emeth, Ardmore, Oklahoma Find New Home after Long Visit to Dallas – Dallas Jewish Historical Society

We're in the business of preserving history--and not just our own. Recently, we've connected with The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art to return a piece of Oklahoma Jewish History. Click the link to read our latest blog: . (Photo courtesy of The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa, OK.)

Confirmation class at Temple Emeth, June 24, 1940. (from left to right) Hardy Soloman Fr., Manfreed Schmidt, Sam Doube, Rabbi Smauel Soskin, Ellie Myers, and William Strasmick. Photo taken by Fonville Studios, Ardmore, OK Photo courtesy of The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa, OK. When we....

In 2018, our Annual Lecture Series was renamed for our former Board President, Jim Schwartz, of blessed memory.  Since t...
01/13/2020
DJHS EVENTS – Dallas Jewish Historical Society

In 2018, our Annual Lecture Series was renamed for our former Board President, Jim Schwartz, of blessed memory. Since then, DJHS has striven to provide thoughtful and engaging lecturers as part of the ongoing Jim Schwartz Annual Lecture Series. Be sure to check out our events at www.djhs.org/events; and please join us at one or more of our upcoming lectures. Do you have ideas on new lecture topics or Speakers? Drop us a message, or email us at [email protected]. We can't continue our mission of collecting, preserving, and showcasing the Jewish history of Dallas without our followers, members, and supporters like you!

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12/24/2019

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12/24/2019

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Courtesy of JTA-Jewish Telegraphic AgencyGLOBALColombia’s Day of the Little Candles looks an awful lot like HanukkahBY A...
12/24/2019

Courtesy of JTA-Jewish Telegraphic Agency
GLOBAL
Colombia’s Day of the Little Candles looks an awful lot like Hanukkah
BY ALAN GRABINSKY DECEMBER 17, 2019 5:27 PM
dia de las velitas
Colombians celebrate Dia de las Velitas at the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Bogota, Dec. 7, 2018. (Lokman Ilhan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
(JTA) — Jews in Colombia preparing for Hanukkah saw something earlier this month that no doubt looked very familiar.

On the night of Dec. 7, streets, plazas, windows and porches across the country were lit by thousands of candles in honor of Dia de las Velitas (Day of the Little Candles), a cherished holiday in the Latin American country that officially marks the beginning of the Christmas season.

The holiday dates back to 1854, when Pope Pius defined the immaculate conception to be Catholic dogma, an announcement celebrated by believers around the world with the lighting of candles. But in Colombia, where the holiday is a major celebration, local tradition has it that Dia de las Velitas is influenced by the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which falls around the same time of year and is also celebrated by the lighting of candles.

Alberto Antonio Beron Ospina, a professor specializing in Latin American history at the Technological University of Pereira, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the mountainous Antioquia region of Colombia offered refuge to Jews who escaped the Spanish Inquisition. Known as crypto-Jews, these escapees converted to Christianity publicly but continued to practice Judaism in secret.

Their influence, Ospina said, is evident in the regional dialect, which shows signs of Ladino pronunciations, and in local architecture, which features Hebrew letters and Jewish symbols like the Star of David. In the popular Colombian imagination, Antiochians are entrepreneurial and business-minded and have been called “the Jews of Colombia,” Ospina said.

“These descendants of the Jews most probably celebrated Hanukkah without knowing what it was in the privacy of their homes,” he said. “In 1854, Pope Pius marked the 8th of December as the day of Immaculate Conception. But what is particular about Colombia is that the festival starts the night before. This was probably an unconscious way for the church to encrypt and institutionalize Jewish practices in the region.”

Jewish scholars aren’t so convinced.

Aliza Moreno-Goldschmidt, a Colombia native who now works at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, said there is little archival evidence of a significant crypto-Jewish presence in Antioquia. And even if there was, crypto-Jews would have been guided in their practice by the Hebrew Bible, which makes no mention of Hanukkah.

“Common Jewish practices documented included lighting the candles on Shabbat and fasting on particular holidays,” said Moreno-Goldschmidt, who did her doctoral dissertation on the persecution of Jews in Colombia during the colonial period. “I’ve never read a single reference to Hanukkah.”

Schulamith Halevy, who did her doctoral thesis at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem on the descendants of forced converts from the Iberian Peninsula, has discovered evidence of Jewish life elsewhere in Latin America, but she is skeptical that any Jewish influence is behind the rituals of Dia de las Velitas.

“Unless they are lighting only eight candles, instead of a zillion, it’s meaningless,” she told JTA.

Colombians celebrate Di se las Viletas in Mosquera in 2016. (Reg Natarajan via Flickr)

Ospina is unmoved by the absence of hard evidence, claiming that the purging of Jewish identity was a way to neutralize the Jewish element in the dominant Catholic narrative — a practice with a long history in Colombia. In the 1880s, the intellectual and novelist Jorge Isaacs Ferrer, who was active in the independence movement, was persecuted as a Jew, Ospina said. In the late 1890s, the writer Soledad Acosta de Samper gave a talk about the influence of Jews in Antioquia but was censored by the official historians.

“Jewish presence is alive and well until this day,” Ospina said. “Antioquia is proof of that.”

About 5,000 Jews now live in Colombia, according to the World Jewish Congress, most of them centered in the capital of Bogota. Like elsewhere in Latin America, the country’s Jewish communal institutions were established by immigrants from the lands of the former Ottoman Empire and Eastern Europe in the early part of the 20th century.

“Some believe that up to 70 percent of people in the areas of Santander and Antioquia have some form of Jewish ancestry,” said Vivian Tesone, editor of the local Jewish newspaper newspaper Hashavuah.

Tesone said she regularly receives messages from people who believe they are descendants of crypto-Jews and want to reconnect with Judaism.

As is true elsewhere in the region, relations between institutional Jewish communities and the descendants of crypto-Jews — known as “emerging” communities in Colombia — are difficult. People claiming Jewish ancestry have little besides family stories to prove their lineage and Jewish communities are generally reluctant to accept them.

But while the experts may quibble over whether such claims of Jewish ancestry are grounded in historical fact, for some Colombian Jews they are easily believed.

“The Zoroastrians used to light candles during the winter solstice. This is why we Jews celebrate Hanukkah,” said Jack Goldstein, a columnist for Hashavuah and the director of Limmud Bogota. “So I can see no reason why we wouldn’t in turn influence the Christians. Everyone influences everyone.”

Peace and light now and throughout the New Year, from your friends at DJHS.
12/22/2019

Peace and light now and throughout the New Year, from your friends at DJHS.

We've had to reschedule our upcoming Photo ID Workshop. Keep an eye out for upcoming dates!
12/13/2019

We've had to reschedule our upcoming Photo ID Workshop. Keep an eye out for upcoming dates!

Ever wonder how the first photographs were produced? Or how the process evolved to reach the masses? What about those ol...
12/09/2019

Ever wonder how the first photographs were produced? Or how the process evolved to reach the masses? What about those old family photos printed on metal?

Learn all that and more when you join our Archivist, Jessica Schneider, for the next Photo ID Workshop

Click here to register: https://buff.ly/2Pss5zF

11/27/2019
Happy Tuesday, from the Senior Expo!
11/05/2019

Happy Tuesday, from the Senior Expo!

Our next workshop, Preservation 101, originally scheduled for this Sunday, November 3, has been rescheduled for Sunday, ...
11/01/2019

Our next workshop, Preservation 101, originally scheduled for this Sunday, November 3, has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 26, 2020. We hope you can make it!

Come see us (and the rest of your favorite Archives professionals) at the 2019 DFW Archives Bazaar this Saturday, Novemb...
10/31/2019

Come see us (and the rest of your favorite Archives professionals) at the 2019 DFW Archives Bazaar this Saturday, November 2 from 1-5pm at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton.

Thank you to our 2019 Unsung Hero, our President, Stuart Rosenfield. His passion for our mission and support of our boar...
10/31/2019

Thank you to our 2019 Unsung Hero, our President, Stuart Rosenfield. His passion for our mission and support of our board, volunteers, and staff is unparalleled.

Tonight, the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation honored Stuart among many dedicated individuals. It was a wonderful evening to recognize those who are the heart of Jewish Dallas.

Our next workshop, Preservation 101, originally scheduled for this Sunday, November 3, has been rescheduled for Sunday, ...
10/28/2019

Our next workshop, Preservation 101, originally scheduled for this Sunday, November 3, has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 26, 2020. We hope you can make it!

Dallas is nothing if not resilient.
10/27/2019

Dallas is nothing if not resilient.

We apologize for any inconvenience. info@djhs.org is the best way to reach us for the time being. If you are registered ...
10/24/2019

We apologize for any inconvenience. [email protected] is the best way to reach us for the time being. If you are registered for the bus tour this Sunday, please keep an eye on your email for an update from us.

Our next Historic Jewish Dallas Bus Tour is still happening as scheduled, this Sunday 10/27 at 10am. We will confirm wit...
10/24/2019

Our next Historic Jewish Dallas Bus Tour is still happening as scheduled, this Sunday 10/27 at 10am. We will confirm with all registered attendees tomorrow, Friday 10/25, via email any and all accommodations related to the recent tornado in Preston Hollow.

As of right now, we are away from the office as JCC staff and contractors work to repair and reopen the building and grounds. Please email any questions to [email protected] or message us through Facebook and we will do our best to respond quickly.

10/21/2019

Our archive, and the JCC, has survived last night's storm damage. The JCC grounds and the neighborhood were hit pretty hard, along with the Federation bldg. Northaven Gardens, right next door, were unfortunately decimated. There has been no loss of life, but the cleanup will be extensive. No word yet on how long before power is restored.

Jewish history being made!
10/20/2019

Jewish history being made!

Shabbat Shalom and beyond!!!

Join us for the next Historic Jewish Dallas Bus Tour! Register here: https://buff.ly/33hd09uSunday, October 27, 201910am...
10/16/2019

Join us for the next Historic Jewish Dallas Bus Tour! Register here: https://buff.ly/33hd09u

Sunday, October 27, 2019
10am-1pm
Meet at the Aaron Family JCC
Members: $25 | Non-members: $35

Last year we walked away with our Virtual Jewish Dallas tour. This year, a revamp of our website. We're excited, but you...
10/11/2019

Last year we walked away with our Virtual Jewish Dallas tour. This year, a revamp of our website. We're excited, but you should check it out for yourself on Monday.

Yom Tov to all, from your friends at DJHS
10/08/2019

Yom Tov to all, from your friends at DJHS

Shana Tovah - Happy New Year - to you and yours from the staff, board, and volunteers at Dallas Jewish Historical Societ...
09/30/2019

Shana Tovah - Happy New Year - to you and yours from the staff, board, and volunteers at Dallas Jewish Historical Society.

In just a few short hours, our archivist will deliver materials to the Texas Film Round-Up event in Plano. We can't adeq...
09/29/2019

In just a few short hours, our archivist will deliver materials to the Texas Film Round-Up event in Plano. We can't adequately express our gratitude to the TAMI team for their assistance.

Their equipment and expertise will propel DJHS forward in our digitization efforts.

We're working hard to prepare materials for loan and digitization through the Texas Film Round-Up, organized and sponsor...
09/26/2019

We're working hard to prepare materials for loan and digitization through the Texas Film Round-Up, organized and sponsored by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image.

We're ecstatic to participate in this event and make another portion of our holdings available to the public.

On Wednesday, September 25 at 7pm at the Studio Movie Grill on Spring Valley, we will be partnering with the Jewish Film...
09/20/2019

On Wednesday, September 25 at 7pm at the Studio Movie Grill on Spring Valley, we will be partnering with the Jewish Film Fest for a showing of Carl Laemmle - The Film. Come by and say hi!

Purchase tickets here: https://buff.ly/2LBtdQL

"One of the most powerful moguls of Hollywood’s golden era and an unsung Jewish-American hero finally gets his due in this captivating documentary. A German-born immigrant who began in the garment trade, Carl Laemmle went on to found Universal Pictures. He produced hundreds of successful movies but also led on progressive issues – first by providing hard-to-come-by opportunities to female directors and African-American actors and later, by helping to rescue more than 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany.

Interviews with film luminaries, historians and friends, as well as a wealth of archival material elucidate the feats of this forward-thinking movie pioneer, whose legacy extends far beyond the silver screen." - jccdallas.org

Thank you to our generous donors for their contributions during North Texas Giving Day. Because of each and every one of...
09/20/2019

Thank you to our generous donors for their contributions during North Texas Giving Day. Because of each and every one of you, another set of goals will be met.

#NTxGivingDay #grateful #dallasjewishhistoryrocks

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Founded in 1971, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society serves as a repository for the entire Jewish community of Dallas, from personal papers of individuals and families and the records of the businesses they have founded, to the records of organizations, agencies, and synagogues that serve the Dallas Jewish community.

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