Worship & Lifecycle

When you face the death of a loved one, there are many difficult decisions that must be made and families are often in need of comfort, support and guidance. Our clergy are here to assist and support you during these difficult times.

In the event of a death, please contact the Temple immediately. If a death occurs when our offices are closed, you may call any of our clergy directly or your funeral home will know how to reach us. The funeral date and time must be coordinated with the family, funeral home and clergy. Please speak with one of clergy before setting a time. Most Houston funeral homes are familiar with Jewish customs and should be able to accommodate your needs, or you may discuss your options with one of our clergy or call our Cemetery Director Kathy Parven at (713) 771-6221 ext. 310.

Beth Israel members and their families may be buried in our cemeteries; plots are available at our Antoine location. If you are in immediate need, or would like to take care of your pre-planning arrangements so that your loved ones are not tasked with this responsibility later, in a time of grief, please contact Kathy Parven at (713) 771-6221 ext. 310.

For Yahrzeit information please contact Kathy Parven at (713) 771-6221 ext. 310 or visit our Yahrzeit Plaques page here.

Please use our Clergy Support & Counseling services as needed.

You may also find the following resource helpful: DIGNITY BEYOND DEATH: The Jewish Preparation for Burial



Congregation Beth Israel Restores Historic Chandelier and is Awarded “Good Brick Award”             The Temple of Rest Mausoleum of the Congregation Beth Israel

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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