By Marjorie Meyer Arsht
One of the founders of the fashionable Republican occasion in Texas, Marjorie Meyer Arsht served as a kingdom celebration committeewoman and was once the 1st Jewish girl to run as a Republican for the nation legislature. changing into lively in politics within the Fifties, she was once heavily keen on the early occupation of George H. W. Bush.
A member of the popular Texas relatives (Meyer, Cohen) that owned Foley Brothers division shop and gave Cohen apartment to Rice college, she remembers the contentious mid-century department within the Jewish group over the difficulty of Zionism that break up congregations and became buddies into sour antagonists. previously president of the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood, Arsht served as a countrywide spokesperson for an important American anti-Zionist organization.
When she became 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 collage, the place she spearheaded a few vital reforms. furthermore, she persisted to run the small, self sustaining strength improvement and funding corporation based through her past due husband.
From her formative years 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 suggestion and an realizing of the way the Republican occasion got here to be the dominant strength in Texas politics.
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The subject of the quarrel didn’t matter. It was typical of Mama to engage in a diatribe, which gave her almost orgasmic relief, and then leave the house. When she cooled off and returned, she expected everyone to have forgotten the incident just as she had. Suddenly Grandmother began to gag, and I saw blood. I rushed to telephone Dr. Moise Levy, who came quickly. In those days it was customary for doctors to make house calls. After the briefest of examinations, Grandmother was on her way to Hermann Hospital before Mama came home.
I just couldn’t help it. I felt very much like one of the geese they fattened to make the foie gras. We visited Wolfesheim as promised and discussed the war clouds looming over Europe. I knew trouble was brewing because clairvoy‑ ant Jews were already seeking refuge in Paris. But for me, war seemed so remote as to be almost unimaginable. We had one difference of opinion, not strong enough to call a dispute. 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.
Several weeks after having hosted a large luncheon in her apartment, she called me, gasping, as she always did when she was furious. I held my breath and wondered, what have I done now? I didn’t have to wait long. ” Her breath was coming in short bursts. She seemed almost out of control. I sighed a sigh of relief. At least someone else was the current culprit. Mama and Irene had gone to school together as girls and had recently traveled to Europe together. Although they returned not speaking to each other, they were now friends once again.
All the Way from Yoakum: The Personal Journey of a Political Insider by Marjorie Meyer Arsht