A Light in the Prairie: Temple Emanu-El of Dallas, 1872-1997 by Gerry Cristol

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For the past fifty years Hortense Landauer Sanger has participated in or thoughtfully observed most events central to the history of both Temple Emanu-El and Dallas. Willing to make herself available to discuss at any length any subject I thought pertinent to Emanu-El, the city or the philosophy of life in general, she offered me a wealth of information. Because of her interest in the history and her family's relationship to William Greenburg, rabbi of Temple Emanu-El from 1901 until 1919, Hortense secured his voluminous papers for the temple archives.

The men, women, and children found on the membership roster and the additional multitudes who, through the years, have fallen under the temple's sway form part of its history too. Their changing needs and intereststhe prayers, classes, and rituals that have inspired them, the activities and causes that have drawn them in, and the irritants that have sometimes driven them awayall have played a formative role in shaping Page xi Temple Emanu-El. As a voluntary institution, its survival and success have always depended on keeping attuned to the expectations of those it serves.

Baum. Moses Ullman, the first president, relocated to Galveston, and others may also have left the city. Nevertheless, although individuals may have been in flux, the community endured. According to the 1875 city directory, approximately forty-two men recognizable as Jews because of their involvement with the Dallas Hebrew Benevolent Association, B'nai B'rith, or membership later in Temple Emanu-El, were living in Dallas. By far the greatest number, twenty-three, listed their occupation as merchants, a designation which usually translated as owning a dry goods store, and the next largest group, eleven, described themselves as clerks.

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