Lifelong Learning

In honor of the generosity of Lynn and Armand Shapiro and Jeri and Mark Shapiro, great grandchildren of Miriam (Mamie) Browning, the Religious School has been named the Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center.

Miriam Browning, devoted lifetime member of Congregation Beth Israel, was a beloved religious school teacher. Born in Houston in 1871, her family included leaders in the Jewish and broader community. The family experienced the many changes that came as Beth Israel grew from its origins as an Orthodox congregation into a leading Reform congregation.

Mamie, as she was fondly called, developed a strong love and lifelong connection to Judaism and religious education, which she generously and affectionately shared with family and students throughout her lifetime. She taught Religious School kindergarteners for more than 40 years, instilling her love of Judaism in generations of Beth Israel families.

Class Sessions

Religious School: Grades PreK-7th Sundays, 9:30am – 12:00pm

Midweek Hebrew: Grades 3rd-6th Wed. (Beth Israel) or Thurs. (Memorial*) 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Kehillah High: Grades 8th-12th Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

*Satellite Location for Memorial Midweek Hebrew Memorial Drive Christian Church 11750 Memorial Drive Houston, Texas 77024

Please register online through your membership portal. If you need assistance please call our office at (713) 271-7369.

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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