Only a fraction of Texans are Jewish, yet Texas rabbis are among the most influential, colorful, and celebrated figures in the state's history and culture. In ""Jewish Stars in Texas"", Hollace Ava Weiner examines eleven rabbis whose wisdom and leadership extended throughout their communities. In Texas, there was little entrenched Jewish tradition, and as a result, Judaism in Texas developed with elements of the Old West as well as the Old Testament. ""Jewish Stars in Texas"" covers a time span from the first large wave of Jewish immigrants in the 1870s, through those who came to Texas in the 1920s. The influence of these Texas rabbis - whether it involved fighting the Ku Klux Klan or founding a symphony - can be appreciated by everyone who benefited from the causes they championed, the works they commissioned, and the religious and social harmony for which they strived.
HOLLACE AVA WEINER, a native of Washington, D.C., graduated from the University of Maryland and was a journalist with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Her research into Texas rabbis has been published in American Jewish History, and Quiet Voices: Southern Rabbis and Black Civil Rights.