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Of the over 100,000 Jews who live in the state, 42,000 live in Houston, 35,000 in Dallas, 10,000 in San Antonio, 6,400 in Austin, 4,900 in El Paso, 5,000 in Ft. Worth, with smaller communities in the rest of the state. The first known settler was Samuel Isaacs, who went to Austin in 1821. Later, Jews settled in Galveston, and by the 1850’s German Jews had settled in Houston. Reform Judaism became the popular movement in the state, with Conservative Judaism in second place. Jews have been active in state affairs.

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