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In Jewish Stars in Texas, Hollace Ava Weiner uses a bibliographical approach to examine a century of "Texas history through the eyes of its rabbis" (p. xiv). She profiles eleven Jewish religious leaders who made an impact that extended far beyond their congregations. Chronologically they range from Heinrich Schwarz, Texas's first ordained rabbi (arriving in Hempstead in 1873), to civil rights activist Rabii Levi Olan, who served Dallas's Temple Emanu-El from 1949 to 1970. Included is information on each rabbi's religious background, his personal life, the city involved, the temple served, and contributions made. A few prominent rebbitsins (rabbis' wives) are also given recognition.


Original published version available at https://www.jstor.org/stable/30239269

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Southwestern Historical Quarterly

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