By Marjorie Meyer Arsht

All the way in which from Yoakum tells the tale of the lengthy, eventful lifetime of a Jewish “good lady” from small-town Texas who grew to become a outstanding girl of her time and a number one mild in Houston and Texas politics.

One of the founders of the fashionable Republican occasion in Texas, Marjorie Meyer Arsht served as a country get together committeewoman and used to be the 1st Jewish lady to run as a Republican for the nation legislature. changing into lively in politics within the Fifties, she was once heavily desirous about the early occupation of George H. W. Bush.

A member of the well-known Texas relations (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 grew to become acquaintances into sour antagonists. previously president of the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood, Arsht served as a countrywide spokesperson for a tremendous American anti-Zionist organization.

When she became 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 couple of very important reforms. furthermore, she persisted to run the small, self sustaining power improvement and funding corporation based by way of her overdue 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 deals a relocating account of an indomitable spirit, person who will offer either idea and an figuring out of ways the Republican occasion got here to be the dominant strength in Texas politics.

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The students paid Mama fifty dollars a month for their room and meals. This not only helped with our rent but also enabled Mama to save money on the side. First there was Camille William‑ son from Dallas, a tall, slim girl with red hair, not carrot-colored or auburn, just plain fiery red, with freckles to match. Camille and I both had problems with fish on Friday nights, which Mama insisted on having for the two Catholic Bohemian girls from Yoakum who worked for us as domestics. On Friday afternoons, Camille and I had biology lab, where we cut up frogs.

Of course, as a Texan, I was an oddity. Most of the students were Jews from New York City. The girls from Hunter College were attending summer school. The boys, mostly from City College of New York, were in Paris to study medicine because of a quota system used by New York professional schools that severely limited the number of Jews accepted. The evening was memorable. Where I came from, boys paid the check even if only for a five‑cent Coca‑Cola. I had never heard of Dutch treat, but it proved to be the least painful of my lessons.

The Meyers all insisted that the United States would simply have to enter the war, and they had no doubt that one was bound to occur. Privately, I considered it arrogant of them to think the United States had such an obliga‑ tion—and highly unlikely as well—since France had never repaid the debt it owed the United States from World War I. When the weekend was over, I left, laden with gifts and promis‑ ing to return. We did correspond and keep in touch, but I didn’t get back to Strasbourg for sixty‑one years.

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