Gordon Chapel Ark Project
Congregation Beth Israel’s Hyman Judah Schachtel Library houses one of the finest collections of books of Jewish interest in the Southwest United States. The Houston Friends of Rabbi Hyman Judah Schachtel founded the library in 1967, in honor of his outstanding service to our city. The contributors included such notables as the De Menil, Wortham, George R. Brown and Abercrombie families. The original gift has presently grown into well over 20,000 volumes including an extensive archive of materials dating back to the beginning of the Congregation in the mid 1800s.The Association of Jewish Libraries has accredited the Shachtel Library at the Advanced level–a designation few synagogue libraries have attained.
Primarily aimed at serving Beth Israel members and its schools, Beth Israel’s Schachtel Library welcomes everyone in the community and serves as a reference source for scholars nationwide.
Beth Israel’s Schachtel Library is divided into two sections:
Karff Interview from 2007
In 2007 the Houston Metropolitan Research Center conducted a series of interviews of notable Houston leaders, and Rabbi Karff was one of the subjects. They have shared the interview with us, and it is now posted below. It is available in a variety of formats, to suit different computer systems.
Digitized Archival Oral Histories now available !
In 1975 Gay Block and Linda May interviewed over 70 congregants in preparation for their film “A Tribute to Spirit: the Beth Israel Experience”. Thanks to a generous grant from the Texas Jewish Historical Society, the cassette tapes of these interviews and a number of subsequent interviews were professionally converted to digital format and are now available for our use on this website.
To hear the interview, simply click on the name of the subject below, which will open a file that can be downloaded to your computer. There may be two files to download for the full interview. Enjoy hearing the voices from Beth Israel’s history!
|Arsht, Marjorie||Lapin, David|
|Astricht, Sis||Lapin, Susan|
|Battlestein, Harry||Lasher, Doris Nathan|
|Battlestein, Trudy||Le Burkien, Michael|
|Battlestein, Virginia 1||Levy, Edna|
|Battlestein, Virginia 2||Levy, Tillie Jacobs|
|Bender, Jack||Lewis, Kenneth|
|Bender, Sophia||Lewis, Lou I|
|Bowman, Henrietta||Lewis, Lou II|
|Brandon, Elizabeth||Lippman, Vivian|
|Brochstein, I.S.||Lowenstein, Suzanne|
|Brown, Nina||Malev, Belle I|
|Burke, Irving||Malev, Belle II|
|Burke, Julia Kormorn||McDonald, Judge Gabrielle|
|Coleman, Mildred||Meyer, Jerry|
|Dannenbaum, Maurice I||Meyer, Leopold|
|Dannenbaum, Maurice II||Miller, Bertha (1975)|
|Dannenbaum, Seline I||Miller, Bertha I (1993)|
|Dannenbaum, Seline II||Miller, Bertha II (1993)|
|Epstein, Bernard||Nathan, Charles (1975)|
|Epstein, Fran||Nathan, Charles (1992)|
|Feld, Benji||Nathan, Harriet|
|Feld, Effie||Nimitz, Joyce|
|Finger, Gertrude Levy||Perwien, Edmond|
|France, Eve||Premazon, Judy|
|France, Kim||Premazon, Michael|
|Friedlander, Alfred||Radinsky, Rabbi Joseph|
|Friedman, Annie Nathan Cohen||Rayzor, Eugenia|
|Friedman, Lloyd||Rubin, Gelta|
|Glosserman, Brad||Schachtel, Barbara|
|Gold, Leonard||Schachtel, Dr. Hyman Judah|
|Goldberg, Chaim I||Schatz, Rabbi Steven|
|Goldberg, Chaim II||Schechter, Joyce|
|Gordon, Harvey||Scheps, Ricky|
|Gordon, Sondra||Schwartz, Mose|
|Grossberg, Mark||Schoenmann, Annie|
|Grossberg, Peppy||Schwarz, Balbine|
|Gruner, Ceil||Schwartz, Hilda|
|Hecht, Bob||Schwarz, Hulda|
|Hecht, Pauline Meyer I||Segal, Rabbi Jack|
|Hecht, Pauline Meyer II||Sheinberg, A.|
|Hecht, Punkin Deutcher||Sher, Horty|
|Hecht, Shirley||Sher, Malcolm|
|Herman, Carl||Shlenker, Bertha Alyce|
|Herman, Gloria||Sisterhood Presidents I|
|Herzog, Chaim||Sisterhood Presidents II|
|Hofeller, Lorraine||Stone, Fannie|
|Kahn, Mike||Stone, John K.|
|Kaplan, Sam||Sunshine, Sarna|
|Kaufman, Albert||Torah Convocation I|
|Keller, Theo I||Torah Convocation II|
|Keller, Theo II||Warren, Naomi|
|Knapp, Rev Arthur||Weil, Dede|
|Kosberg, Livingston||Westheimer, I. Mark|
|Kosberg, Saranne||Westheimer, I.B.|
|Landa, Adeline||Wolff, Curtis|
|Landa, Johnny||Yoskowitz, Rabbi Herbert|
|Landa, L.M.||Zollars, Betty|
Contact the Temple Librarian:
(713) 820-6410, Direct Line
(713) 771-6221 ext. 370
or by appointment for research assistance.
The Beth Israel Archives
document the activities of the congregation from its earliest days, with records of meetings, pictures and documents chronicling the life of an active Temple. The archives are available for use with the assistance of the librarian. Please contact the librarian by phone at (713) 771-6221 x370, or email for more information.
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The Readers’ Group
Join us for our Readers’ Group. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. in the President’s Room at the Temple. All congregants and friends are welcome to join this convivial group. Look for meeting announcements in the calendar of events.
The Library Catalog is available online!
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9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
during Religious School
900 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
during Religious School
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
will be in the Library
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.,
Tuesday – Friday
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