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HOLLACE AVA WEINER, a journalist turned historian, is a native of Washington, D.C., and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland. After college, she wrote for the Baltimore News American. While raising two children, she freelanced for the Washington Post until her family relocated to Texas. From 1986 to 1997, Hollace was a news and feature reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

 

She took a leave of absence in 1997 to complete Jewish Stars in Texas, had a publishing contract within a month, and never went back to journalism.  Jewish Stars in Texas, now in its 3rd printing and available in paperback, profiles trailblazing Lone Star rabbis.  

Hollace went on to edit Lone Stars of David: The Jews of Texas, a coffee-table book from Brandeis University Press and the Texas Jewish Historical Society. Published in Feb. 2007, the anthology quickly went into a 2nd printing. It won the Deolece Parmelee Award from the Texas Historical Foundation. It was among the books featured at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Nov. 4, 2007.

Hollace's next book, Jewish "Junior League": The Rise and Demise of the Fort Worth Council of Jewish Women, traced the growth and collapse of Fort Worth's most prestigious Jewish women's group. The book, published by TAMU Press in 2008, originated as Hollace's Master's thesis from the University of Texas at Arlington.

A popular anthology, Grace & Gumption: Stories of Fort Worth Women, from TCU Press, includes a chapter Hollace wrote about Amelia Rosenstein, the colorful teacher who ran Fort Worth's Americanization School. The book’s sequel, Grace & Gumption: The Cookbook, published in 2010, includes Hollace's essay, "Let My People Eat."

Hollace worked from 2008 to 2011 on the centennial history of Fort Worth’s oldest country club, River Crest. The 544-page book, beautifully illustrated with more than 900 pictures and masterfully researched, is sold through the country club, although it is becoming available at estate sales. The book is also on the shelves at reference libraries and archives that focus on golf and Texas history. The coffee-table book won a 2012 Preservation Achievement Award from Historic Fort Worth, Inc.

Another of Hollace's historical essays, “Whistling ‘Dixie’ While Humming ‘Ha’Tikvah,’” was published in the winter 2007 issue of American Jewish History, the prestigious journal of the American Jewish Historical Society. More recently, the 2009 issue of Southern Jewish History published Hollace’s analysis of “Grassroots Reactions to the [1903] Kishinev Pogrom in Fort Worth and Atlanta.”  The spring 2012 issue of Texas Heritage magazine featured an article Hollace wrote about Frances Kallison, a horsewoman and historian.

Much of the work Hollace does is on a volunteer basis. For example, she heads the Fort Worth Jewish Archives and the Beth-El Congregation Archives. For her accomplishments as a Texas historian, the Fort Worth Business Press in 2011 proclaimed her a "Great Woman of Texas." Hollace is a past president of both the Southern Jewish Historical Society and the Association for Women Journalists. She has won research grants from the Jewish Women’s Archive in Brookline, Mass., the Southern Jewish Historical Society, the Texas Jewish Historical Society, and the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati. Hollace is presently writing her family history. To date, she has completed one chapter titled, “Exodus from Lithuania: A WWI Odyssey.” She is also researching antebellum Jewish families that migrated from South Carolina to Texas.

She keeps her sanity and stays in shape by working out with Team Ridglea Master Swim Team, volunteering with the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition, and bicycling on the Trinity River Trails.

Hollace lives in Fort Worth with her husband, Bruce, a children's dentist and a graduate of Virginia Military Institute. They have two grown children, who live in New York and Virginia, and three grandchildren.



Speaking Engagements

For interviews or to arrange for Hollace Weiner to speak to your group email hollacew@att.net

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Austin, TX, October 23-26, 2014,  39th Annual Conference Southern Jewish Historical Society and Fall Meeting Texas Jewish Historical Society
Hollace is program co-chair with Bryan Edward Stone. The conference begins with a plenary session at the LBJ Presidential Library, includes panel sessions at the Dell Jewish Community Campus and a fajita-dinner cruise on Lady Bird Lake while bats emerge from beneath the Ann Richards Congress Street Bridge. Take a look at the exciting conference schedule posted on these websites:
www.txjhs.org
www.jewishsouth.org
www.shalomaustin.org/historical    

Fort Worth, TX, Jan 23, 2015,  
“Vanguard or Rearguard: Evolution of Women’s Clubs.” Featured speaker at morning meeting of La Maison, Woman’s Club of Fort Worth, 1316 Pennsylvania Avenue.    

Previous Speaking Engagements

Fort Worth, May 18, 2014, 8 a.m. Tour de Fort Worth with the Cruisin’ Chicks
Bicycle tour of historic markers in downtown and near Southside, with stops at 2 panther sculptures, 19th C. church ruins, JKF monument, Beaux Arts U.S. Post Office, pioneer Hebrew cemetery, breakfast outdoors around a picnic table at Brewed, and a return to the bike path along the Trinity River to our starting place at the Police and Firefighters Memorial, West 7th Street.   

Fort Worth, April 16, 2014, 9:30 a.m. “The Pope’s Favorite Chagall Painting.” Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Rd.
Sunday morning seminar to adult-education class and teenage Sunday school students describing the imagery in Marc Chagall’s “White Crucifixion,” a canvas owned by Chicago Art Institute and part of an exhibit at Fort Worth’s Kimbell Museum.

Fort Worth, March 2, 2014 “The Dark Lady of DNA,”
monologue written by Hollace Weiner, delivered by actress Myra Schussler, about British scientist Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) whose family was part of England’s Jewish aristocracy. Program presented at annual donor brunch of Women of Reform Judaism, Beth-El Congregation.

Fort Worth, February 2, 2014 “A Tale of a Torah: Beth-El’s Holocaust Scroll”
Adult Education class, Beth-El Congregation. The story of the vanished Czech-Jewish community of Uhrineves, the rescue of more than 1000 Torahs that the Nazis stored in a drafty warehouse, how scroll #281 ended up in Fort Worth, and my friendship with an elderly woman in Uhrineves who recalls her Jewish classmates. http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Uhrineves/Beth-El%20Torah.pdf 

Stephenville, TX. Feb. 1, 2014 “Introduction to Judaism and Its History in Texas”
United Methodist Women Regional Meeting, Wesleyan Student Center Daylong seminar illustrated with objects of Judaica and PowerPoint pictures, with a break for a buffet lunch of brisket, blintzes, latkes, and other traditional foods cooked by the Methodist women.

Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 3, 2013,  "Charleston Diaspora: The Reenactor's Rebel.
"Annual Conference Southern Jewish Historical Society. Hollace and Dr. Scott Langston delivered papers at a panel session titled, “The Cosmopolitans: Migrations, Marriages, Mobility and Networking among Several First American Jewish Families.”   

Charleston, S.C., May 20, 2012, “Fighting the Philistines: Southern Jews in High Office.” Keynote address to the spring meeting of the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina. Info at www.jhssc.org.

Daughters of Abraham, April 25, 2012, 10am
Beth-El Congregation.
Hollace will lead a discussion about the history of Fort Worth Jews.

Fort Worth, April 24, 2012, Texas Christian University
Hollace will be guest speaker at a class taught by Dr. Ariel Feldman, director of TCU’s Jewish Studies Program.

Fort Worth, 10 am, April 11, 2012
Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road, Ft Worth.
Hollace will take members of the Alliance of the Fort Worth District Dental Society on a tour of the synagogue and also talk about her books, which will be for sale in the Judaica Shop

Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, March 31, 2012, 11:15 am
Hollace is moderator of a panel titled “Still Forgotten?” about the museum exhibit, “Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston.” The panel is open to the public. It is part of the annual gathering of the Texas Jewish Historical Society, which is meeting in Fort Worth all weekend. Info at www.FWMuseum.org or www.TXJHS.org.

Fort Worth, March 14, 2012, 10 am to 5 pm, “Buried History,” tours of Emanuel Hebrew Rest Cemetery, 1414 S. Main Street. The city’s pioneer Jewish cemetery will be open all day so that students on Spring Break can visit the historic acre of land given to the “Hebrews” of the city in 1879. The tour is part of Historic Fort Worth’s “Buried History” project which includes 11 local cemeteries and a dozen volunteers from Beth-El Congregation.

Fort worth Central Library, February 18, 2012 2-4pm. Panel of five authors discuss recently published books. Local Authors Program

Gainesville, TX., 10:30 am, October 15, 2011. Morton Museum
"Gainesville's United Hebrew Congregation (1881-1922) and its Relevance Today."
Speech at fall meeting of the Texas Jewish Historical Society describing the rise and dissolution of Gainesville's cattle-era congregation. 

Dallas, June 27, 2011. American Jewish Press Association, annual conference, Westin Galleria Hotel.  Opening speaker: "Lone Stars of David: An Introduction to Texas Jewry." 

March 8, 2010
Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
“Grace & Gumption: Stories of Fort Worth Women." Hollace delivers a ten-minute impersonation of Amelia Rosenstein, longtime dean of the Americanization School. Also on the program are two or three other characters-come-to-life from the popular book Grace & Gumption: Stories of Fort Worth Women. Program is sponsored by the Auxiliary to the Museum.

March 5, 2010
Texas State Historical Association annual conference
10:30 a.m.  Marriott Quorum Hotel, Dallas
“The Babe, the Ladies, and the Gentleman's Game of Golf,” is Hollace’s topic. It is part of a panel titled, “Bending and Extending Boundaries from the Rodeo Arena to the Greens.”

Tulsa, Okla, Jan. 16, 2009.
Quarterly meeting, Texas Jewish Historical Society in conjunction with
Tulsa Jewish Genealogical Society. “Let My People Eat,” illustrated talk focusing on Fort Worth’s community Passover Seder for the troops in 1942.  Location:  Schusterman Jewish Community Center, 1900 block E. 71st Street, Tulsa, Okla., 74136

New Orleans, LA: Nov. 1, 2009.
Southern Jewish Historical Society annual meeting; Moderator and commentator for panel on “Different Jewish Responses to the Challenge of Civil Rights.” Presented at Jones Hall, Tulane University

Dallas, TX: Sukkot Across Emanu-El, Oct. 17, 2008, 8 p.m. 
Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Rd. Hollace speaks about Jewish "JuniorLeague"


Austin, TX
: Texas Book Festival, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, 11:30 a.m.
State Capitol Building;
Hollace will present an illustrated talk about Jewish "Junior League." Book sales and signing in the book tents on the west side of the Capitol building.  
Info:  
www.texasbookfestival.org

Atlanta, Ga.
Nov. 3, 2008
Meet the Authors panel to include Jewish "Junior League" at annual conference of the Southern Jewish Historical Society. Time, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Location, Emory University Conference Center Hotel. Further info at www.JewishSouth.org.
 
Fort Worth, July 18, 8 p.m.
Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road. 
Weiner is guest speaker at Sabbath evening services with a talk about "Jewish 'Junior League,' " the trademark dispute, and the legacy of the National Council of Jewish Women.   
 
San Angelo, Tex., July 27, 2008 9:30 a.m.
Summer board meeting Texas Jewish Historical Society, Fairfield Inn, 1459 Knickerbocker Rd. Weiner will discuss her current book with the TJHS board. Open to members of the TJHS. 

Dallas.
Aug. 17, 2008 11:15-Noon, Dallas Jewish Arts Festival, Morton Meyerson Symphony Center, downtown.
Hollace will speak on "The History of Jews, Deep in the Heart of Texas." Book sales and signings, with profits going to the arts festival. Hollace appears in conjunction with the Texas Jewish Historical Society and its traveling photo exhibit. The festival is all day, from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. She will be at the Texas Jewish Historical Society table the remainder of the day.

Longview, TX: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, 10 a.m. to noon.
Temple Emanu-El, 1205 Eden Dr., Longview, Texas. The East Texas Jewish community celebrates its 70th anniversary with a weekend reunion. The book-and-author session Saturday morning features Hollace Weiner and Jan Statman, a contributor to “Lone Stars of David” 

Georgetown, TX:  Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, 1 pm, at Sun City in the atrium and meeting rooms of the Activity Center Bldg.  Hollace Weiner talks about "Lone Stars of David." Jack Gerrick, past president of Texas Jewish Historical Society, discusses a traveling photo exhibit about Jews in Texas.  Free to public.

Austin, TX: Texas Book Festival, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007, 2 p.m., State Capitol Building;Hollace Weiner and Rabbi Ken Roseman give an illustrated talk about “Lone Stars of David: The Jews of Texas” followed by Q&A.  Book sales and signings.   
Info:  
www.texasbookfestival.org   

Fort Worth, TX.  Sat., Nov. 10, 2007. 2:30 to 3:30  p.m. Mass book signing by all 15 writers and editors of the new anthology “Grace & Gumption: Stories of Fort Worth Women.” Hollace's chapter is about Amelia Rosenstein, Livia Levine, Ann Bogart, and the local Americanization School. Barnes & Noble at University Drive shopping center

Fort Worth, TX: Wed., Nov. 14, 2007, 12 noon, Daytimers Luncheon Meeting at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Rd; box lunch at noon with program at 12:30. Hollace Weiner joins two fellow writers—Katie Sherrod and Carol Roark—talking about "Grace & Gumption” a new anthology about Fort Worth Women. 

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Fort Worth, TX: Thurs., Nov. 18, 2007, Tarrant County Historical Society dinner meeting at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Rd., Fort Worth;   6 p.m. building tours; 7 p.m. dinner; 7:30 speaker. Hollace Weiner discusses Fort Worth’s Jewish History. The evening is co-sponsored by the Fort Worth Jewish Archives and the Beth-El Archives.

Fort Worth, TX: Sun., Feb. 17, 2007 7 PM, Mickey Goldman Spaghetti Supper, Beth-El Cong., 4900 Briarhaven Rd.  Hollace is receiving an award from Men of Reform Judaism for her leadership at Beth-El, including writing the congregation's centennial history and saving artifacts from the congregation’s 1920s temple. She plans to give an illustrated talk about the stained-glass windows, the limestone frieze, the menorahs, the marble ark, and other historic artifacts moved from the old Beth-El to the new.  

Nacogdoches, TX:  Tues., March 4, 2008, 7-10 p.m., Stephen F. Austin State University,  Math & Nursing Bldg, Rm. 101.  Hollace Weiner speaks about "Texas Judaism 101." Her one-hour lecture will be followed by Q&A, book sales, and a reception. Open to public.
Info: Alicia Millard, SFSA Multicultural Center Secretary

Fort Worth, TX: Sat., Mar. 15, 2008 1-3 PM, Women's History Month Celebration, auditorium, downtown public library, 500 W. 3rd St.   Grace & Gumption: Stories of Fort Worth Women. Hollace and several other contributors to this anthology dress up like the women they wrote about and perform five-minute monologues.  This dramatization, which includes a chorus-line dancer, an artist, and a journalist, is not to be missed. 
   
Plano, TX: Sun., April 13,10 AM, Congregation Nishmat Am, 2113 W. Springcreek Pkwy.
“Deep in the Heart of Texas Jewry," an illustrated talk about the Jewish diaspora across Texas. Book sales and signings. Free. Open to the public.  
Info: 972-618-2200. 

Fort Worth. April 27, 2008 home of Marcy Paul and David Narrett.  Afternoon tea, book reading, and discussion of Jewish "Junior League."
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