By Marjorie Meyer Arsht
One of the founders of the fashionable Republican occasion in Texas, Marjorie Meyer Arsht served as a nation celebration committeewoman and used to be the 1st Jewish lady to run as a Republican for the nation legislature. turning into lively in politics within the Fifties, she was once heavily concerned about the early occupation of George H. W. Bush.
A member of the widespread Texas kin (Meyer, Cohen) that owned Foley Brothers division shop and gave Cohen residence to Rice college, she recollects the contentious mid-century department within the Jewish group over the problem of Zionism that break up congregations and became acquaintances into sour antagonists. previously president of the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood, Arsht served as a countrywide spokesperson for an important American anti-Zionist organization.
When she became seventy, Arsht used to be operating as a speechwriter and high-level assistant within the division of Housing and concrete improvement in Washington whereas additionally serving as a regent of Texas Southern collage, the place she spearheaded a few very important reforms. furthermore, she persevered to run the small, autonomous power improvement and funding corporation based through her past due husband.
From her formative years as a member of 1 of the few Jewish households in small-town Yoakum, Texas, to her years of political activism and social involvement, she deals a relocating account of an indomitable spirit, person who will offer either proposal and an knowing of the way the Republican celebration got here to be the dominant strength in Texas politics.
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All the Way from Yoakum: The Personal Journey of a Political Insider by Marjorie Meyer Arsht