Ongoing for well over ten years, bringing in locally and nationally known speakers on subjects of interest to the Dallas Jewish community, our Annual Lecture Series has been designed to bring information and awareness of aspects of Jewish and Southern history and culture. In 2019 we renamed our series to honor Jim Schwartz z”l the 2012-2016 president of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.Jim’s community interests were many, but he will be remembered most for his work with the Dallas Jewish Historical Society. A strong leader, Jim Schwartz is remembered for the remarkable strides made at the Dallas Jewish Historical Society during his four year tenure as President: maintaining strong fiscal responsibility, offering meaningful and successful programs and fundraising events, and being instrumental in moving the organization forward in delivering full archival digitization. Best known for his warmth and “menschlekiet,” as well as his dedication to the growth of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to honor him with this annual series of lectures.

Upcoming Lectures

The Jim Schwartz Annual Lecture Series presents Rabbi David Levin "Gleanings of a Wandering Jew"

The DJHS Virtual Annual Meeting, in collaboration with our Jim Schwartz Annual Lecture Series, presents Gleanings of a Wandering Jew – How to navigate being a Jew in 21st Century America using Jewish history and personal travels as guides” by Rabbi David Levin. His father’s family traces itself back to Dallas – at least back to the Civil War. Rabbi David knows everyone has a sacred story worth sharing. This is at the heart of meaning-making. He founded Jewish Relationships Initiative to serve as a teacher and guide to develop self-awareness and nurture relationships throughout one’s life including the end-of-life challenges. Rabbi David serves on the Disaster Spiritual Care Team of the Red Cross, and the Association of Jewish Chaplains.