About Us

Overview

Congregation Beth Israel is an active and vibrant Reform Jewish congregation in Houston, serving more than 1,600 households throughout the greater Houston area. Established in 1854, we are the oldest Jewish congregation in Texas with a rich history in Texas and Houston. Located in southwest Houston, our campus is convenient to downtown, the Medical Center, Galleria, and central and west Houston with easy freeway accessibility. Beth Israel maintains an active affiliation with the Union for Reform Judaism, the national Reform movement.
With an outstanding clergy team, led by Senior Rabbi David Lyon, Beth Israel offers inspiring weekly Shabbat services, Torah study, and a multitude of enriched educational, cultural and social programming for all ages. We strive to encourage and be inclusive of all who seek a connection to Jewish life, whatever their needs or backgrounds.
Our Religious School in the Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center and The Shlenker School, our fully accredited elementary school, play integral yet independent roles in the Jewish learning of more than 800 of our children.
Our Religious School engages more than 300 students led by a dedicated staff committed to creating a fulfilling, meaningful and fun educational experience for our students.
Beth Israel has been a leader in the Reform Jewish Day School movement, opening The Shlenker School in 1984, one of the first in North America and the first in Texas. Shlenker provides a fully accredited, academically excellent education with integrated secular and Judaic studies for students from ages 15 months through fifth grade.

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Clergy

WELCOME – BARUCH HABA! Shalom! We welcome you to Congregation Beth Israel and invite you to join us at any of our many upcoming

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Officers and Trustees

President Irving Stern Vice President Deborah Buks Roslyn Haikin Lu Ann Katz Marsha Stein Treasurer Neil Wizel Secretary Richard Kaplan Immediate Past President Bruce

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Staff

Our Beth Israel Staff  Contact Information Below David M. Scott, Executive Director & Director of Lifelong Learning  Michael Jenkins, Chief Operating & Financial

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Campus Tour

We gather as a community at a large and beautiful campus, recently renovated, that includes: a large Sanctuary and more intimate chapel, one

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Careers & Internships

Do you have a passion for working in a non-profit organization with vision and values that offers a warm and welcoming community and

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FAQs

How do I join Congregation Beth Israel? Joining is easy. Please contact Sara Kaiser or David Scott to schedule an appointment, complete our

The Hurricane Harvey Flood Fund

Hurricane Harvey left Houston and surrounding areas in a shambles, but the great people of Houston are banding together to help and heal. Your help is welcome and needed. You may send Gift Cards (Kroger, Target, HEB, Lowe’s, or Visa/Mastercard, etc.) to Congregation Beth Israel. They will be immediately distributed to area neighbors to assist in replacing essential items and children’s school supplies.

You may also Donate directly to Congregation Beth Israel by clicking here. All funds will go directly to aid those who need immediate help. These funds will NOT be held to be allocated later. On behalf of our clergy (Rabbi David Lyon, Rabbi Adrienne Scott, Rabbi Joshua Herman, Rabbi Chase Foster, and Cantor Trompeter), David Scott, Executive Director, and Bruce Levy, Temple President, we are very grateful for your kindness, generosity, and help.

Hurt has no shame and no label; we just need to heal one another.

Rabbi David Lyon

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