By Marjorie Meyer Arsht
One of the founders of the fashionable Republican occasion in Texas, Marjorie Meyer Arsht served as a country social gathering committeewoman and used to be the 1st Jewish lady to run as a Republican for the country legislature. changing into energetic in politics within the Fifties, she was once heavily fascinated by the early profession of George H. W. Bush.
A member of the fashionable Texas relatives (Meyer, Cohen) that owned Foley Brothers division shop and gave Cohen apartment to Rice collage, she remembers the contentious mid-century department within the Jewish group over the difficulty of Zionism that break up congregations and became pals into sour antagonists. previously president of the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood, Arsht served as a countrywide spokesperson for a huge American anti-Zionist organization.
When she grew to become seventy, Arsht was once 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. additionally, she persevered to run the small, autonomous strength improvement and funding corporation based via her overdue husband.
From her adolescence 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 supply either thought and an knowing of the way the Republican get together 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