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Rabbi Levi A. Olan Radio Sermons Series

Rabbi Levi A. Olan Radio Sermons Series

Temple Emanu-El’s long-term partnership with Southern Methodist University will continue this spring as university staff and faculty guide discussions based on Rabbi Levi A. Olan’s radio sermons from late 1963 and early 1964. The selected sermons were originally delivered in the weeks preceding and following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. That tragic event challenged local leaders, including Rabbi Olan, and changed Dallas. Through his radio ministry, Rabbi Olan helped guide a diverse, inter-faith audience through troubled times. As we listen again today, many find that the teachings of the man called “The Conscience of the City” have gained new relevance.


Temple Emanu-El's Rabbi Levi Olan spoke out on the important issues of the day in the 1960s and '70s, including segregation, poverty and the Vietnam War. According to Temple Emanu-El member and teacher Dr. Morton Prager, "Rabbi Olan was often referred to as the conscience of the community." His sermons still ring true today.

We invite you to bring your lunch and listen to Rabbi Olan’s radio sermons that were originally broadcast on WFAA radio. 

The original tapes were digitized and are now available on the SMU Bridwell Library website and YouTube. Learn more about how the Rabbi Olan sermons are now online.

To learn more about this series and other ongoing learning opportunities, contact Rachel Tucker, 214.706.0000, ext. 131.