News

June 18, 2020

Thank you, Federation!

Our partners shared their thanks for the Federation and all it does to support them.

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June 18, 2020

JRAN Opens Conversation On Security Of Our Jewish Institutions

As Jewish houses of prayer and institutions in Houston begin to reopen, one thing that shouldn’t return to normal: security. Prior to COVID, the traditional approach to security was decentralized. Each entity conducted its own assessment and developed its own safety plan. At a June 11 meeting, entitled “Securing Our Jewish Institutions,” the Federation’s Jewish Response and Action Network offered a new model for a coordinated rapid community response before, during and after a critical anti-Semitic incident.

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June 2, 2020

Federation Virtual Awards to Celebrate Community

The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston is rolling out the red carpet to honor six community leaders and spotlight the good work happening in and around Jewish Houston. The virtual awards ceremony, which honors both lay leaders and Jewish communal professionals, will be held at 7 pm on Thursday, June 18, 2020. All community members and Jewish communal professionals are encouraged to logon as the people and organizations who power Jewish life in Houston take center stage.

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May 28, 2020

JRAN Takes Steps To Enhance Disaster Resilience

One of the lessons the Houston Jewish community learned during and after Hurricane Harvey was the need to create a mechanism for a coordinated, community-wide rapid response to future floods. In December 2019, the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston created The Jewish Response & Action Network.

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June 1, 2020

We Cannot Be Silent. Statement on The Murder of George Floyd.

This past weekend, we celebrated Shavuot, the Jewish holiday commemorating Moses receiving the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai. The teachings of the Torah given to Moses provide us with a lens through which we see the world – and a lens so that we might act in ways that are right and just. And it is that lens we should call to mind as, once more, we and our neighbors seek to navigate yet another painful episode in our nation’s struggle to make good on the fundamental promise of our founders that all people are created equal and they are endowed with the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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May 27, 2020

Zikaron BaSalon or Memories in the Livingroom Goes Virtual

Like all organizations and schools, when Houston shut down for the Stay Home, Work Safe order, the Federation’s bustling program schedule abruptly stopped and shifted focus to online virtual programs to keep the community connected. Each year, for Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Federation hosts Zikaron Basalon or “Memories in the Living Room.” This unique program usually takes places in various home throughout the city. Each house features a different survivor or second-generation family member who shares their story.

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May 27, 2020

PJ Library Young Chef Program Connects Houston’s Suburbs

Eight-year-old, Autumn Welch, is loving the Jewish Federation’s PJ Library Young Chef program. Her mom, Janessa Welch says Autumn was especially excited to learn how to make Israeli cheesecake. “I loved that it was really geared towards her. She’s never been confident in the kitchen and this was something she could do all by herself,” mom Janessa shared with us.

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May 20, 2020

Seven Acres Switches Up Programming to Keep Residents Active and Connected

Daily activities enrich life for residents at Federation-partner agency Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the building closed its doors to visitors to keep residents safe and healthy, which also meant they could no longer have regular visits from family members.

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Announcements

COVID-19 Information

March 23, 2020

We are currently gathering information and community resources to share to this page. At this time, we have suspended Federation events and gatherings until the end of March. This action was taken in accordance with CDC guidelines.

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March 23, 2020

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