By Marjorie Meyer Arsht
One of the founders of the trendy Republican occasion in Texas, Marjorie Meyer Arsht served as a country celebration committeewoman and was once the 1st Jewish lady to run as a Republican for the nation legislature. turning into energetic in politics within the Nineteen Fifties, she was once heavily considering the early profession of George H. W. Bush.
A member of the famous 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 group over the problem 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 an immense 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 vital reforms. furthermore, she persisted to run the small, self sufficient power improvement and funding corporation based by means of 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, one who will supply either concept and an figuring out of the way the Republican occasion got here to be the dominant strength in Texas politics.
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I disregarded the strange look the girl gave me. I was so proud of having thought up such a good excuse on the spur of the moment that I couldn’t wait to get home to tell Mama how I had handled the situation. Mama burst out laughing and rushed to the telephone to call her friends. My family paid no attention to sensitiv‑ ity or the consideration of feelings, particularly concerning children. To them, children were put on earth to please parents, unlike today, when parents exist to satisfy their offspring.
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.
I often went with her to church on Sunday, and afterward, in the afternoon, the Millers had a regular social for the boys and girls in May’s class. This provided a primary opportunity for young people to get together. It was at a class party, however, that I had what I think of as my first date because we agreed to meet there. The young man’s name was Bergin Dunn, the son of the Methodist minister and one of my classmates. My father took me to the party and picked me up after‑ ward. I was thirteen.
All the Way from Yoakum: The Personal Journey of a Political Insider by Marjorie Meyer Arsht