About Sherry LeVine Zander
Sherry LeVine Zander, the 2005 -2006 Rabbi Theodore S. Levy Tribute Fellow of the American Jewish Archives, is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A graduate of suburban Nicolet High School, she completed a B.S. in Art Education in at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and went on to do graduate work in Crafts Design in the Master’s program in Applied Arts at Iowa State University. While in Ames, Iowa Ms. Zander was a concert/theater critic for the Ames Daily Tribune.
Upon her return to Milwaukee she taught at the Milwaukee Art Museum for five years, and worked in special events fundraising and public relations for two non-profit organizations. Additionally she produced and hosted a weekly radio show in which she interviewed local noteworthy personalities, and a weekly television segment on creative art projects.
In 1984 Ms. Zander relocated to Dallas, Texas, continuing a career in radio advertising sales as both an account executive and sales manager. In 1992 she began giving private classes at her art studio.
In 1990 Ms. Zander began photographing synagogues in small towns while on her occasional travels across America. She researches the histories of the buildings, the people, and the communities. With her background in architectural history, visual arts, along with her well-honed interviewing and writing skills, she chronicles small-town Jewish America, past and present.
By 1995 she was asked to speak frequently to various groups on her travels through small-town Jewish America, showing slides of the places she had photographed while on location. In 2001 Ms. Zander was asked to write a regular column “I Brake For Synagogues” for the Dallas Jewish Week. She has continued her travels and her writing, which eventually will be compiled into a book.
She has served, or currently serves on the boards of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Texas Jewish Historical Society, Friends of the Dallas Public Library, YMCA Camping Services, and is an Associate Trustee of the Memorial Union Building Association at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Ms. Zander is married to Ron Zander, and has two children, Rosie and Heather.
Ms Zander’s written articles and photographs have been featured in the Texas Jewish Post, Dallas Jewish Week, Jewish Week (LA and MS) as well as the Dallas Morning News. Her photographes of the coalfield synagogues of West Virginia are featured in Deborah Weiner's 2006 book Coalfield Jews. Ms. Zander is a popular, entertaining speaker both regionally and nationally.