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Jewish stars in Texas : Rabbis and their works / Hollace Ava Weiner ; foreword by Jimmy Kessler.

By: Weiner, Hollace Ava, 1946-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Centennial series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A & M University: no. 84.Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, 1999Edition: 1st ed.Description: xxiv, 302 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0890969000 (c); 9780890969007 (c).Subject(s): Rabbis -- Texas -- Biography | Jews -- Texas -- Social life and customs | Reform Judaism -- Texas | Texas -- Biography | Texas -- Ethnic relationsAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Jewish stars in Texas.DDC classification: 296/.092/2764 | B LOC classification: BM750 | .W33 1999Other classification: 11.29
Contents:
Heinrich Schwarz.--Samuel Rosinger.--Maurice Faber.--Henry Cohen.--G. George Fox.--Martin Zielonka.--Sam Perl.--Alex and Eleanore Kline.--Ephraim and Ruth Cohen Frisch.--Hyman Judah Schachtel.--Levi Olan.
Summary: Texas Jews may be only a small proportion of the state's population, but their leaders have often shone as unlikley stars in this Bible Belt state.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [275]-287 and index.

Heinrich Schwarz.--Samuel Rosinger.--Maurice Faber.--Henry Cohen.--G. George Fox.--Martin Zielonka.--Sam Perl.--Alex and Eleanore Kline.--Ephraim and Ruth Cohen Frisch.--Hyman Judah Schachtel.--Levi Olan.

Texas Jews may be only a small proportion of the state's population, but their leaders have often shone as unlikley stars in this Bible Belt state.

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Weiner, a journalist, profiles 11 rabbis who, from the 1870s through 1980s, served congregations in big and small Texas cities: Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Hempstead, and Brownsville, among others. While each chapter stands alone, this engaging and carefully researched book develops an overall theme. Rabbis who accepted pulpits in Texas were not always the most gifted of their colleagues; many went to Texas because they had no more prestigious option. Yet these rabbis almost uniformly became important community leaders, not only championing Jewish continuity far from large centers of Jewish life, but fighting to extend Jewish values to larger communities often lacking outlets for the arts and culture and frequently rife with racism and antisemitism. Thus, one rabbi discussed here successfully fought the Ku Klux Klan, another integrated a golf course, a third formed the Corpus Christi Symphony, and a fourth taught the residents of Lubbock to appreciate modern art. These biographies engage not just because they record a Jewish heritage that might otherwise be lost; they command our attention, rather, because they frequently speak of heroism, of people who chose to act rather than simply to accept the status quo. General readers; faculty and researchers. A. J. Avery-Peck; College of the Holy Cross

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