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Beth Israel reaches out to welcome all those who want to learn more about Judaism. Whether you were born Jewish, are considering or choosing to convert to Judaism, you’re in an interfaith relationship or raising Jewish children, you’re unaffiliated, or just want to learn more, we want to get to know you. Please join us for any of our many interfaith programs and let us help you explore the many paths and rewards of Jewish life. Inquiries about Interfaith weddings are also welcome. You are invited to discuss these and any other issues you may have with Rabbi Adrienne Scott. Please contact Rabbi Scott at (713) 771-6221 ext. 329. We look forward to welcoming you to any of our Outreach Interfaith programs:

Basic Judaism

This is a 13-week introduction to Judaism offered each spring and fall for anyone interested in learning more about the Jewish faith, whether you were born Jewish or not, and for those interested in conversion. Sessions are led by Rabbi David Lyon, Rabbi Adrienne Scott, Rabbi Mark Miller and Cantor Daniel Mutlu, and feature a variety of presentations and discussions on topics such as:

  • Foundations of our Faith
  • Choosing Judaism
  • Understanding Jewish Prayer
  • Shaping Sacred Time: Shabbat, Holidays, & Festivals
  • Living a Jewish Life
  • Life Cycle Events
  • Reform Judaism
  • Jewish Music
  • Jewish History and Anti-Semitism
  • Israel: The Land and People

We will also celebrate Shabbat and the holidays together.

Check the calendar for course schedules. Classes usually meet at the Temple on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is $54 and is open to anyone wishing to deepen their level of Jewish knowledge.

For more information or to register, please contact Heidi Miller at (713) 771-6221 ext 329.

Interfaith Couples Group — Join other interfaith couples for fellowship and mutual support at our monthly Sunday morning meetings. Please click on this link for more information.

Interfaith Families- For those in interfaith families, or parents of intermarried children or grandchildren, join our Interfaith couples support group or any of our special programs or workshops to help you navigate the many challenges and rewards of an interfaith family.

Holiday Workshops — Holiday time, don’t worry! These workshops help you understand and prepare for both the High Holidays and Passover.

ChanukahParty - Join us for this annual celebration of the Festival of Lights. Light the candles, share some latkes and apple sauce, and join in song to celebrate with present and past participants of the Basic Judaism classes and members of the Interfaith Couples Support Group.

Shabbat Dinners - Come celebrate Shabbat at our annual spring and fall Shabbat dinners for our Basic Judaism class members. Every table is hosted by a Beth Israel member who will help introduce students to the joys of Shabbat with good food, good friendships, Shabbat prayers and blessings, and songs.

Interfaith Resources
Today nearly one out of every two Jewish families in the United States has an interfaith relationship or marriage. Our clergy and Outreach/Interfaith Committee have prepared a list of resources to assist you in navigating the many challenges and rewards of interfaith relationships. The list is updated periodically so check back often. Please click on resources now.

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