Joshua Furman- Founder and Director
Dr. Joshua Furman is the founding director of 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.
Katie Webber- Processing Intern
Katie is a Senior originally from Ottawa, Kansas. She is majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Religion and minoring in Jewish Studies. Her independent research interest is in LGBTQ Jewish identity. Katie is a Processing Intern for the HJHA and works on processing archival collections so that they are available for researchers.
Danielle Kessler- Digital Processor
Danielle, originally from Austin, TX, is currently a Sophomore 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 Sophomore at Rice University studying Social Policy Analysis. Emma is thrilled to be working with the Houston Jewish History Archive!
Amanda Lopatin- Digital Projects Assistant
Amanda, a current Freshman at Rice, is originally from St. Louis, MO, 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.