July 16, 2020

Supporting our Community Through the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken our community and our world. How we respond to it may be the defining moment of this generation. As leaders of the Jewish community, we are determined to ensure that our families and institutions are able to persevere. Just as we have in the past, we lead with the mindset that “people come first.”

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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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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 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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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 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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Mission to Israel 2022

November 7, 2022

Registration is now open for our Fall trip to Israel.

New CPO Announcement

May 12, 2022

Karyn Ullman to Become Federation Chief Philanthropy Officer

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We Stand as One

June 17, 2021

The board and staff had a lot of fun making this music video that so well encapsulates our Houston Jewish community.

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