A new Century. . . keeping the Covenant

Our story continues to unfold. . .Congregation Beth Israel

As the 21st Century began to unfold, Beth Israel continued to change. The Temple leadership undertook a major renovation effort to expand and update our beautiful facilities. In 2004, we welcomed Rabbi David A. Lyon as our new Senior Rabbi and celebrated our Sesquicentennial, 150 years as a congregational family.

Beth Israel and its members have played a major role in shaping the history of this city and this community for more than 150 years. Most of Houston’s major Jewish congregations can trace their roots to Beth Israel, Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform. Our members have distinguished themselves in business, education, law, politics, and philanthropy. Throughout our history, Beth Israel members have acknowledged and acted upon their kinship for all people and social justice. Whenever there is a need, Beth Israel members respond. From its original 22 members, today we are home to more than 1700 families.

Led by Senior Rabbi David Lyon, Beth Israel remains a testament to its founders, members, clergy, and leaders. It is a legacy that we will continue to build together for generations to come.

L’dor v’dor. From generation to generation.

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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