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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 turned a awesome lady of her time and a number one mild in Houston and Texas politics.

One of the founders of the fashionable Republican celebration in Texas, Marjorie Meyer Arsht served as a nation get together committeewoman and used to be the 1st Jewish girl to run as a Republican for the kingdom legislature. turning into lively in politics within the Nineteen Fifties, she was once heavily eager about the early profession of George H. W. Bush.

A member of the widespread Texas kin (Meyer, Cohen) that owned Foley Brothers division shop and gave Cohen condominium to Rice college, she recollects the contentious mid-century department within the Jewish neighborhood over the difficulty of Zionism that break up congregations and became neighbors 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 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 collage, the place she spearheaded a few very important reforms. moreover, she persevered to run the small, self sufficient strength 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 bargains a relocating account of an indomitable spirit, person who will supply either thought and an knowing of ways the Republican social gathering got here to be the dominant strength in Texas politics.

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When my grandfather, Achille Meyer, was born in Wolfesheim, a suburb of Strasbourg, the province was German. The cemetery in Wolfesheim, where all the generations of European Meyers are buried, is a must-stop for all foreign relatives. Despite the usual misgivings of any eighteen‑year‑old about meeting those strange old people, I had written to them soon after my arrival in Paris and said that I would come to visit on November 1, 1933, the weekend of my nineteenth birthday. By the end of October, I had been in France four months, and my French was better than just good.

The table also served as my desk. Pauline lived at the Barbizon Hotel for Women on Madison Av‑ enue, a really upscale place, but men were not allowed above the lobby, so our apartment became a gathering place. I was the only one going to school seriously. Uncle George and Aunt Esther had sent Pauline to New York for a year after she gradu‑ ated from Rice. As someone always interested in the theater, she took a few drama courses at Columbia but wasn’t working toward a degree. After college, Elizabeth, in her early twenties, had made her way to New York for “broadening,” as such a postgraduate experience was called.

We stopped first at the Café Select, still the most famous gay bar in the world. Many of the patrons were heavily rouged and wearing flamboyant attire. I thought it a costume Rice, the Sorbonne, and New York 35 party. “We don’t belong here,” I said. ” Howls of laughter ensued. Then we went to a corner boîte, or nightclub, in Montmartre, where one of the boys bribed a black gigolo to dance with me. By that time, I had learned what a greenhorn I was. I tried to act nonchalant, as if I danced with black men everyday.

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