Shalom! We welcome you to Congregation Beth Israel and invite you to join us at any of our many upcoming events to learn more about our congregational family. It is our hope that you’ll explore our community and feel comfortable to call us, ask us questions and inquire about participation. We encourage you to come see for yourselves. Stop by for a visit, join us at one of our services or try out any of our many diverse activities, no matter what your age or interests.
Congregation Beth Israel has a long and rich history in Texas. As the oldest Jewish congregation in Texas, its members were early builders of our great city. Beth Israel continues to lead the way in innovative programs and worship for modern Jews and their families. You are welcome to enjoy worship, study, social and community activities. Jewish and non-Jewish family members, alike, engage in helping build strong bonds to enduring Jewish values, rituals and deeds.
We want to meet you where you are on your Jewish path. From there we’ll walk together in all the ways we can make Jewish life relevant, meaningful and joyful together.
Our clergy and our congregational families look forward to being with you. On behalf of our rabbis, cantor and educators, welcome to Beth Israel!
Rabbi David Lyon
Congregation Beth Israel
— Rabbi David Lyon
Rabbi David A. Lyon – Senior Rabbi
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Rabbi David Lyon was ordained Rabbi in 1990, at HUC-JIR, Cincinnati. Upon ordination, he served as Assistant Rabbi and
Rabbi Adrienne P. Scott — Associate Rabbi
Rabbi Scott, from Akron, Ohio, received her ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio in June 2004. A
Rabbi Aaron Sataloff – Associate Rabbi
Rabbi Aaron Sataloff holds a Master of Arts in Jewish nonprofit management from the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit, a Master of Arts
Cantor Star A. Trompeter — Senior Cantor
Cantor Star Trompeter joined the Beth Israel clergy team in the summer of 2017. Cantor Star Trompeter was ordained as a Cantor in 2010
Rabbi Emeritus, Samuel E. Karff
Samuel Egal Karff was Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel from 1975 to 1999 when he became Rabbi Emeritus. He spent several years
Cantor Emeritus Robert M. Gerber
Cantor Gerber retired from Congregation Beth Israel and was elevated to Emeritus status as of the summer of 2011. For the 2011-2012 year