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  • Texas lawmaker apologizes for anti-Semitic slur

    November 7, 2011 | 10:38 am

    A Texas state representative apologized after using the slur “Jew them down” during a public hearing.

    Larry Taylor at a legislative oversight hearing on Nov. 3 concerning a quasi-public wind insurance agency and its need to pay claims on time said “Don’t nitpick, don’t try to Jew...

  • Quit Christian prayer rally, religious leaders urge Texas governor

    August 4, 2011 | 6:19 pm

    Sixteen rabbis are among the more than 50 Houston religious leaders who signed a letter asking Texas Gov. Rick Perry to reconsider participating in a Christian prayer rally.

    Rick Perry, a potential Republican presidential candidate, plans to host “The Response” on Aug. 6 at...

  • Texas governor signs mezuzah law

    June 21, 2011 | 10:04 am

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed a law that would require homeowner associations to permit religious displays on residents’ doors, including mezuzot.

    Perry signed the bill at the end of the Texas legislative session on June 17; it reportedly had been unclear whether he would sign...

  • RJC expresses concern about Paul candidacy

    May 13, 2011 | 11:21 am

    The Republican Jewish Coalition expressed its concern about reports that Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is planning a third bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

    “As Americans who are committed to a strong and vigorous foreign policy, we are deeply concerned about the prospective...

  • Giving a boost to Jewish life in the South

    April 21, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    As Allie Goldman’s plane was making its descent on the blazing 97-degree Midland/Odessa airport in west Texas, the landscape dotted with oil dykes looked foreign to the Dallas native even though it was the same state.

    But Goldman’s work schedule for the weekend was familiar:...

  • Holocaust archives volunteer arrested for document theft

    January 13, 2011 | 1:31 pm

    A volunteer at a private Holocaust archives in Texas was arrested for stealing documents and selling them online.

    Mansal Denton, 20, was a volunteer for a year-and-a-half at the Mazal Holocaust Library in San Antonio of the largest privately held Holocaust archives in the world, the...

  • Straus, re-elected as Texas speaker, rips attacks on faith

    January 11, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    Joe Straus, overwhelmingly reelected speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, strongly repudiated attacks on his Jewish faith.

    “Attacks on people’s religious beliefs have no place in this House,” Straus, a Republican, said Tuesday after winning the vote 132-15, according to...

  • References to pork, Jesus lead to retrial

    January 11, 2011 | 10:44 am

    References to the trial of Jesus and a pork comment made by a defense lawyer for Cisco Systems during a federal trial have led a judge to grant a new trial.

    Jurors in Marshall, Texas, last May awarded Commil USA more than $3.7 million in patent infringement damages, though the...

  • Brouhaha in Texas House a Jewish test case for Tea Party

    December 21, 2010 | 10:43 am

    In Texas, the Tea Party passed its first Jewish test even before its legislators had been sworn in.

    Deeply conservative forces in the Lone Star State firmly repudiated the effort by evangelical Christians to unseat the powerful Jewish speaker of the Texas House of Representatives...

  • Texas two-step: Pre-med student becomes NFL squad’s first Jewish cheerleader

    August 12, 2010 | 11:39 am

    It’s a safe bet to assume that there are more Jewish doctors than NFL cheerleaders.

    Michelle Lewis, 21, is on the way to becoming both.

    Lewis, a native of Bellaire, Texas, already has passed the first test—she was chosen for the Houston Texans cheerleaders, making the final cut...

  • Texas governor meets Jewish leaders

    May 4, 2010 | 11:33 am

    Orthodox Jewish community leaders in Texas met with senior state officials including Gov. Rick Perry, who expressed support for a school voucher program.

    The April 29 meeting, under the auspices of the Orthodox Union’s Institute for Public Affairs, included business leaders from the...

  • Talk like a pirate—talk like a Jew?

    By The Web Guy

    September 18, 2008 | 5:42 pm

    Tomorrow is Talk Like A Pirate Day, which means it’s time to resurrect one of our most popular articles—the story of Jean Lafitte—Sephardic Jewish pirate of the Caribbean.

    Here’s an excerpt from Adam Wills’ fascinating article:

    Lafitte ... establish[ed] a pirate kingdom in the swamps...

  • From klezmer to country—linking the soundtracks

    July 1, 2008 | 5:04 pm

    NASHVILLE (JTA)—An international conference on country music may seem an unlikely place to find someone like me. For nearly two decades, I’ve been known for my writing on Jewish issues. But here I was recently in Music City USA taking part in a gathering of academics and other...

  • Many of Texas’ FLDS teen girls pregnant, mothers

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 28, 2008 | 4:53 pm

    More bad news regarding all those children taken into Texas custody when their parents’ polygamist ranch was raided earlier this month. From AP:

    SAN ANTONIO - More than half the teen girls taken from a polygamist compound in west Texas have children or are pregnant, state officials...

  • A Different Brand of Texas Governor

    By Robert David Jaffee

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    They don't make Jews like Jesus anymore, Kinky Friedman proclaims in his most famous song. They don't make Jews like Kinky Friedman anymore, either. While there are some notable Jewish pop and rock icons, Jews have never proliferated in the ranks of country-western music. Nor are...

  • Texas Quartet Bucks Tradition

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "I love shattering musical stereotypes," Galeet Dardashti said. Her energetic quartet, Divahn, plays Sephardi and Mizrahi music with an American twist.

    The group's adaptation of a 16th-century Iraqi zmira (tune) blends banjo and tabla drums. Bluegrass-influenced violin infuses a...

  • A Night of Texan Jewish Humor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There is something inherently funny about growing up Jewish in Texas, says comic Allan Murray. Maybe it was all the well-meaning people who wished him a "Happy Chaka Kahn" at Chanukah. Maybe it was learning about female anatomy in junior high, "which scared the hell out of me because...
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