By Marjorie Meyer Arsht

All the best way from Yoakum tells the tale of the lengthy, eventful lifetime of a Jewish “good woman” from small-town Texas who turned a striking girl of her time and a number one mild in Houston and Texas politics.

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

A member of the fashionable Texas family members (Meyer, Cohen) that owned Foley Brothers division shop and gave Cohen condo to Rice college, she remembers the contentious mid-century department within the Jewish group over the difficulty 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 massive 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, autonomous strength improvement and funding corporation based via 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 bargains a relocating account of an indomitable spirit, person who will supply either proposal and an realizing of the way the Republican social gathering got here to be the dominant strength in Texas politics.

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