By Marjorie Meyer Arsht
One of the founders of the fashionable Republican occasion in Texas, Marjorie Meyer Arsht served as a kingdom social gathering committeewoman and used to be the 1st Jewish girl to run as a Republican for the country legislature. changing into energetic in politics within the Fifties, she used to be heavily occupied with the early profession of George H. W. Bush.
A member of the favorite Texas family members (Meyer, Cohen) that owned Foley Brothers division shop and gave Cohen condominium to Rice collage, she remembers the contentious mid-century department within the Jewish neighborhood over the difficulty of Zionism that break up congregations and grew to become pals into sour antagonists. previously president of the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood, Arsht served as a countrywide spokesperson for a big 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 college, the place she spearheaded a few very important reforms. furthermore, she persisted to run the small, self reliant 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 bargains a relocating account of an indomitable spirit, person who will offer either concept and an figuring out of the way the Republican get together got here to be the dominant strength in Texas politics.
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Even for adults in the twenties, sex was a very different matter from what it is today. One evening I looked up from my homework and noticed that the door to Mama and Daddy’s room was shut. ” I couldn’t imagine what they were discussing, but “meat market” meant the Womack family. Their daughter, Christina, a bit younger than I, had just started high school. She had a face full of freckles to match her red hair. Thinking about Christina, I suddenly realized that she had recently gained a lot of weight.
I couldn’t imagine what they were discussing, but “meat market” meant the Womack family. Their daughter, Christina, a bit younger than I, had just started high school. She had a face full of freckles to match her red hair. Thinking about Christina, I suddenly realized that she had recently gained a lot of weight. I wondered, could it be? Indeed, so. The next day, the school buzzed with the news that Christina Womack had given birth to a mulatto baby, and her parents hadn’t even known she was pregnant.
For the most part, the primarily Jewish group we socialized with held views that were politically left‑wing, if not outright commu‑ nist. At that time, New York’s intelligentsia drowned in Russia wor‑ ship because the Russians were opposing Hitler. ” One night a wild‑eyed, young, self‑styled communist named Albert Weiss and I violently debated the relative merits of capitalism and socialism. As the evening drew to a close, a storm developed. ” I thought, Hmm, this radical nut isn’t completely bad, after all.
All the Way from Yoakum: The Personal Journey of a Political Insider by Marjorie Meyer Arsht