One box containing a BBG booklet honoring Alan Gerger; "My Memoirs," by Lena Zellah Dow Caplan; JCC annual reports; JCC 70th anniversary booklet, program, and bookmark; data CDs containling lists of past presidents,photos, and event information; DVD titled "JCC: 70 Years - a Houston Landmark" document some activities undertaken by the Caplan / Wilk family from 1969 to 2006.
1969 - 2006
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Biographical / Historical
Lena Zellah Dow Caplan was born May 3, 1898, in Russia to Ruben and Bessie Dow. The family immigrated to the United States in 1905 and settled in Houston.
Louis Capuchevsky Caplan was born in Ukraine on January 16, 1895, to Samuel and Rebecca Rabinowitz Caplan. The family immigrated to the United States in 1904, settling in Houston.
In 1920, Lena Dow married Louis Caplan in Harris County. Lena and Louis had three children: Zelda, Irwin, and Harold. They were active members of Congregation Beth Yeshurun.
Lena died September 24, 1980 and Louis died November 29, 1985. Both are buried at Adath Emeth Cemetery in Houston.
One box containing Jewish Community Center materials, a BBG booklet, and a memoir by Lena Zellah Dow Caplan document some of the history of, and activities participated in by, the Caplan / Wilk families.
The materials in this collection have been arranged in one series as follows:
Series I: General
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Leigh Caplan Wilk donated the materials in August 2021.