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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:
Summer hours at the bottom of the page.
The Library Catalog is available online 24 hours a day!
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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 Lewis President’s Room at the Temple. All congregants and friends are welcome to join this convivial group.
2019 Schedule for Readers Group:
Watch the Bulletin, eNews and Friday Night Guides for future selections.
On January 29, 2019 the Schachtel Library sponsored “Using DNA in Genealogical Research”, a lecture by Franklin Carter Smith, Senior Library Services Specialist at the Clayton Genealogical Center. Over 30 interested visitors engaged in a fascinating study of the DNA testing commercial companies, and help in interpreting your own DNA analyses.
Rabbi Foster joins the Readers Group Jan. 16 to discuss “Just Mercy: a story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson
Our latest book reviews are available to read online!
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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|
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.
The Beth Israel Archives
Documents from the Earliest Years of Congregation Beth Israel
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.
Access online archival materials 24 hours a day!
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Speeches from past Yom Kippur Symposia are available to read online!
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Contact the Temple Librarian:
(713) 820-6410, Direct Line
(713) 771-6221 ext. 370
The Schachtel Library will be open Tuesdays through Fridays, 9:00am to 2:00pm, and Librarian Judy Weidman will be available for assistance. The School Librarian, Marilyn Arlen is off for the summer. Watch for occasional notices of closures in the eNews, and Friday Night Guide during the summer.
LIBRARY HOURS MAY 28- JUNE 21: The Schachtel Library will be open for relaxation and circulation from May 28- June 11, but the Librarians will be out. Contact the Temple front desk to access, (713) 771-6221. Judy Weidman will be back on June 12-13. THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED THE WEEK OF JUNE 17.
Remember the Library Catalog is available 24 hours a day. Go to www.beth-israel.org and click on the Library home page to access. Requests for reserves can be sent to Judy at email@example.com, or direct phone at 713 820 6410.
Scroll through the images below to view photos from some of our fun, exciting events! On August 15, 2018, the Readers Group sponsored
Congregation Beth Israel Archival Materials “Bris Book” and documents concerning the “Basic Principles” history of Beth Israel: Now viewable online are images of documents
Check back here to read our latest reviews! The Association of Jewish Libraries Announces 2019 Winners of Jewish Fiction Award Mark Sarvas is the
YOM KIPPUR SYMPOSIA SPEAKERS The links below will take you to the words of our Yom Kippur Symposia speakers. 2018 / 5779 Click