Dr. Joshua Furman founded and directs the Houston Jewish History Archive at Rice. A native Texan, Dr. Furman grew up in San Antonio. He received his Ph.D in modern Jewish history from the University of Maryland in 2015. Currently, he is working on a book about the history of the Jewish community of Houston, under contract with the University of Texas Press. At Rice, Dr. Furman offers courses on Texas Jewish history, the American Jewish immigrant experience, African-American Jewish relations, and Jewish food traditions.
Danielle Kessler- Digital Processor
Danielle, originally from Austin, Texas, is currently a Junior at Rice. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Jewish Studies. At the HJHA, Danielle works as a Digital Processor, scanning scrapbooks and any other materials for digitization.
Emma Siegel- Archival Processing Assistant
Originally hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Emma is a Junior at Rice University studying Social Policy Analysis. Emma is thrilled to be working with the Houston Jewish History Archive!
Leon Soifer- Archival Processing Assistant
Leon Soifer is a Baker College senior at Rice University. He is majoring in history and political science. His hometown is Colorado Springs, Colorado and for fun loves to hike, workout, travel, watch the news and sports, and eat lox and bagels.
Amanda Lopatin- Digital Projects Assistant
Amanda, a current Sophomore at Rice, is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, though she also spent a few years living in Israel after high school before coming to Rice. Amanda is pursuing a major in Linguistics and a minor in Politics, Law, and Social Thought. As the Digital Projects Assistant at the HJHA, Amanda is responsible for creating and updating the website.