By Marjorie Meyer Arsht
One of the founders of the trendy Republican get together in Texas, Marjorie Meyer Arsht served as a nation occasion committeewoman and was once the 1st Jewish girl to run as a Republican for the nation legislature. turning into lively in politics within the Fifties, she was once heavily considering the early occupation of George H. W. Bush.
A member of the favorite Texas kinfolk (Meyer, Cohen) that owned Foley Brothers division shop and gave Cohen residence to Rice collage, she recollects the contentious mid-century department within the Jewish neighborhood over the difficulty of Zionism that break up congregations and grew to become neighbors 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 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 college, the place she spearheaded a couple of very important reforms. moreover, she persisted to run the small, self reliant strength improvement and funding corporation based by means of her past due husband.
From her youth 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 bargains a relocating account of an indomitable spirit, one who will offer either suggestion and an figuring out of ways the Republican occasion 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