one of the March, 2019 Olan sermons discussion classes at Temple Emanu-El, Dallas.
This lunch-and-learn group met under the leadership of Dr. Morton Prager from 2013 to 2018. In the spring of 2019 SMU Bridwell Library archivist Tim Binkley and director Anthony Elia stepped in to continue the tradition.
The ties of good will and active cooperation between Bridwell Library (of the SMU Perkins School of Theology) and Temple Emanu-El date back at least to 1950, when Rabbi Olan befriended library director and fellow bibliophile Decherd H. Turner. In 1951, when the new library building opened, Rabbi Olan was the first person to check out a book!
Image courtesy of Kate Chalupa.