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

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Levy also enlisted in the Page 5 Texas Navy in 1836 and later settled in Matagorda County. 10 Although Louis Levy had established roots in Houston (he was a founder of the Houston Hebrew Benevolent Association), his daughter Julia and her husband Alex Simon decided to settle in Dallas. Apparently they were well situated in the city by 1858, the year Alex Simon ran for the city office of alderman. 11 Possibly earlier, but definitely by 1858, Alexander Simon had opened his warehouse on the northeast corner of the public square.

Elissa, a former English instructor who heads an extensive tutoring service for students and would-be-writers of all ages and for college board preparation, taught me the importance of descriptive, expressive, and clear writing. Her understanding of the temple as a former staff and board member, her familiarity with Dallas history, and her enthusiasm for the project immensely improved the strength and vigor of the undertaking. I am most indebted to Elissa for contributing her professional and personal knowledge and skill.

That same year civic leader Sanger also ran for office and was elected Democratic city alderman from the First Ward, winning seventy-two out of seventy-three voteshe had gallantly voted for his opponent. 27 In America a benevolent society was often the first Jewish organization in a community. Then, as their numbers increased, Jews felt the need for a more structured religious body. "28 When Dallas was just a frontier settlement, early Jewish pioneers had gravitated to the southern and central parts of Texas and formed communal societies in Galveston, Houston, and San Antonio.

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