By Rabbi Henry Cohen II
In September 1930, the "New York instances" released an inventory of the clergy whom Rabbi Stephen clever thought of 'the ten premiere spiritual leaders during this country.' The checklist integrated 9 Christians and Rabbi Henry Cohen of Galveston, Texas. Little-known at the present time, Henry Cohen used to be a rabbi to be reckoned with, a guy Woodrow Wilson referred to as 'the most advantageous citizen of Texas' who additionally inspired the likes of William Howard Taft and Clarence Darrow. Cohen's fleeting repute, despite the fact that, used to be outfitted no longer on strong friendships yet on a life of provider to needy Jews - in addition to gentiles - in London, South Africa, Jamaica, and, for the final sixty-four years of his existence, Galveston, Texas.More than 10,000 Jews, normally from japanese Europe, arrived in Galveston within the early 20th century. Rabbi Cohen greeted a few of the new arrivals in Yiddish, then helped them locate jobs via a community that prolonged during the Southwest and Midwest usa. The 'Galveston Movement,' in addition to Cohen's pioneering paintings reforming Texas prisons and struggling with the Ku Klux Klan, made the rabbi a legend in his time. As this portrait indicates, despite the fact that, he was once additionally a adorable mensch to his grandson. Rabbi Henry Cohen II reminisces approximately his grandfather's jokes whereas putting the mythical rabbi in historic context, developing the easiest photograph but of this crucial Texan, a guy maybe most sensible summarized via Rabbi clever within the "New York instances" as 'a soul who touches and kindles souls.'
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