Jews know the value of compassion and community; our laws and history teach us the importance of welcoming strangers and respecting neighbors.

One of our newest standing committees at Congregation Beth Israel is the ABIDE (Advocacy at Beth Israel through Diversity and Education) Committee, which focuses on our path to social and ethical justice for all. 

ABIDE committee members organize events and programs in collaboration with community organizations to strengthen connections between diverse groups and improve daily life for others. We promote education, compassion, partnership and understanding.

If you are interested in working with this committee, please contact one of the co-chairs, Dena Marks ( and Lisa Stone ( 

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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