Dallas Jewish Funerals

Dallas Jewish Funerals is Jewish owned and operated. In fact, we are the only Jewish funeral home in the DFW area, and we are under new ownership and a new leadership team.

We have access to burial plots at Restland Memorial Park and Hillcrest Memorial Park at significantly lower prices. We are able to transfer pre-need policies from any funeral home. We work with all local cemeteries – providing the same funeral at the same cemetery for a more reasonable price. You have a choice in funeral homes.

Our licensed Dallas Funeral Directors are available to meet with you at our offices, your home, any DFW-area hospitals, your synagogue, or wherever you feel most comfortable.

At Dallas Jewish Funerals, we are focused on providing unbeatable service at a price you can afford. We offer a better, more personal way to plan Jewish funeral services that are as special as your loved one.

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Dallas Area
1611 North Central Expy
Plano, TX 75075
(972) 424-1141

Houston Area
5455 Dashwood St Ste 700
Bellaire, TX 77401
(713) 666-0257

Jewish Heritage… Jewish Traditions… Jewish-owned and operated

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Dallas: 972-424-1141

Houston: 713-666-0257

Pre-Planning Seminars

Join us for a pre-planning seminar to learn more about our services and planning for the future.

Please visit www.prepaidfunerals.texas.gov for additional information.
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Andy Starr

OWNER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Andy has a knack for business, but has always wanted to use that talent to serve people at critical times in their life, whether suffering from an injury, dealing with aging & frail parents, or enduring the loss of a loved one. Accordingly, before getting involved in the funeral business, Andy was a Co-Founder and Senior Executive with Hearthstone Assisted Living, which he helped grow from scratch to over 30 communities in 10 states. Before Hearthstone, Andy was a Senior Member of the Founding Management Team for U.S. Physical Therapy, which he helped grow from scratch to over 75 clinics nationwide, and transitioned the business from a private company to being publicly traded on the Nasdaq exchange. As a prelude to his business career, Andy was a Real Estate & Banking attorney at the Houston firm of Hirsch & Westheimer, after graduating with Honors from the University of Texas School of Law. Andy also received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Andy grew up in Tennessee, but married a native Houstonian (Wendy Kosberg), with whom he has three grown children, all of whom attended The Shlenker School (elementary) and the Emery/Weiner School (Junior & Senior High). Andy & Wendy are active members at Temple Beth Israel, and Andy is a past board member of the Shlenker School, as well as a former Trustee of The Seven Acres Jewish Campus for the Aged. Andy’s wife is also a former board member of the Emery/Weiner School.

Zane Belyea

OWNER/COMMUNITY RELATIONS

From an early age, Zane wanted to help people in need, so when he attended Southern Illinois University he decided to study Social Work & Psychology. During his first year after graduation, Zane worked with abused and neglected children, before spending eleven years in the education industry, eventually becoming Vice President of Recruitment for a large education firm. In 2011, after many years of business travel, and a growing family in Dallas, Zane followed the advice of one of his mentors, and began a new career in the funeral industry. True to his roots in social work, Zane finds it deeply rewarding to help families during one of the worst moments of their lives, and he has instilled that passion for service through-out the company. “Every member of our team has a solemn commitment to serve all of our families well beyond their expectations. We absolutely won’t let them down.”

Zane is married to a Dallas native (Jill Liberman), and has two sons, Dylan & Zachary. They are active members of Adat Chaverim, and deeply involved in the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service, and the Jewish Federation. Next summer, Zane plans to take his entire family to Israel for Dylan’s Bar Mitzvah celebration.

Liz Vargas

OWNER/HUMAN RESOURCES

Liz Vargas is the VP of Accounting at Jewish Funerals USA where Liz has full responsibility for financials, procedures, budgets and human resources for multiple locations.

Liz has worked as an accounting professional for over 25 years in different industries and specializes in the direction and setup of accounting systems and establishing policies and procedures for financial and operational activities for startup companies.

Liz enjoys working in her garden and watching her favorite sports team the Houston Astros in her free time

Lydia Marruffo

LOCATION MANAGER/FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Lydia is a Native Texan, born and raised in the North Dallas area.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from University of North Texas in Denton and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Investigation from Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts.  After working in the area of law enforcement since college, Lydia was ready to do what she’s always wanted to, so she attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Services to earn yet another degree, an Associate’s of Applied Science in Mortuary Science.  She graduated with honors, as President of the Women In Black, a member of the Lion’s Club, and earned the coveted Bill Pierce Award by her colleagues.  Lydia raised a beautiful daughter, who is now in college, as a single mother.  Lydia is now married and has four dogs!  She loves to travel when possible and loves inquiring about cultural traditions.  Lydia joins Dallas Jewish Funerals as a seasoned funeral director who enjoys honoring important traditions of the Jewish Community.  She has served in the North Dallas and Rockwall areas as a funeral director since 2012.  She is very respectful of families during their time of grief and goes above and beyond to try to comfort them by providing a quality funeral care experience.  She aims to help each and every family that she serves to honor their loved one in a unique and special way.

Masha Harris

COMMUNITY LIAISON

Masha Harris was born in Odessa, Ukraine. She is married and loves to travel and enjoys family gatherings.  Family is first in her heart.  This “family comes first” motto translates into her career as well.  Masha comes to Dallas Jewish Funerals from a long standing career in the North Dallas area as a Funeral Planning Advisor for over 12 years.   She truly enjoys educating people with regards to end of life decisions and knowing your options.  She didn’t get to us by accident.  Masha and her family fled for their lives after many generations had been persecuted for being Jewish while in the Ukraine.  When they arrived to the United States, her parents left their Jewish religion and Russian culture behind out of fear of being mistreated here too.  Her parents raised their children in traditional American ways in hopes to provide them with better opportunities.  Masha recalls some of her Jewish faith from childhood and now that she is working closely with the Jewish Community, she is reminded of her roots and embracing her original faith.  Masha is excited to work with the local Rabbi’s, the Hadassah and local Synagogues to help take the fear out of having the most important conversation all of us will have in our lives.  She is also fluent in Russian thanks to her parents insisting the language being kept in the home.

Scott Bennett

PRE-PLANNING ADVISOR

Scott’s bio is coming soon.

Harold Harris

PRE-PLANNING ADVISOR

Harold Harris has worked in the Jewish funeral business the last 4 1/2 years assisting with hundreds of funerals and memorial services.  Harold transferred to us from Houston Jewish Funerals and now lives in Frisco, TX so he can be closer to his grandson. Harold has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee & a Masters from Tulane University. He has lived in Ohio, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Georgia, and Texas.

  • Member of Congregation Beth Israel since 1974.
  • Taxoma Regional Director of the B’nai Brith Youth Organization from 1974-1978.
  • Coached youth basketball for eight years at the Houston JCC.
  • Volunteered at the JCC, Congregation Beth Israel, YMCA & the Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Officer of three different HOA’s & the inaugural president of Super Neighborhood 31 which is composed of nine subdivisions
  • US Army Veteran