Houston

Where Chanukah Is Really Big

11/09/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

A little light is nice -- but since everything is on a grander scale in Houston, winter truly is a festival of lights, thousands of them, for Chanukah and beyond. You’ll find them twinkling from the windows of houses; illuminating trees and streetlamps in the city’s many characteristic neighborhoods; and even lighting up the sky for one of the South’s premier Chanukah events.

Holiday season ice-skating inside the Houston Galleria mall. Wikimedia Commons

The Tides That Bind

Ten years after Katrina, the Jews of New Orleans and Houston remain bound by a flood of emotion and caring.

08/25/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Houston — Ten years ago this week, with Hurricane Katrina barreling toward them, several thousand Jews from New Orleans set out on I-10 to escape the storm. They headed west, passing Baton Rouge, then Lafayette, in the heart of the Louisiana bayou, then Lake Charles, and on across the Texas line through Beaumont and the lyrically named Mont Belvieu.

New Orleans’ Congregation Beth Israel. Courtesy of Beth Israel

Recovering, But ‘Really Scared’

Sustaining heavy damage in May flooding, Houston’s Jewish community unscathed in last week’s tropical storm.

06/22/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The Jewish community of Houston, which was at the center of a downpour that flooded a large part of the city in late May, escaped further damage during a tropical storm that brought fears of a stalled rebuilding-and-repair effort last week. But predictions of further flooding upset many already nervous residents, who were taking part in the renovation of their homes and community institutions, according to communal leaders.

Recent flooding in Houston left several feet of water in the sanctuary of United Orthodox Synagogues. After cleanup, the congreg

Houston Floods Inundate Jewish Homes And 2 Synagogues

05/27/2015 - 20:00

Two synagogues and the homes of countless Jewish residents were damaged in the floods that swept through Houston on Monday and into Tuesday, inundating homes and businesses, sweeping away cars and leaving at least five people dead.

Houston Man Indicted For Synagogue Bomb Threats

03/29/2014 - 20:00

A federal grand jury indicted a Houston man for calling in bomb threats to two city synagogues, a municipal courthouse and a private business.

I Heart Volunteering, And The Birth Of Houston's Guide To Disability Services

I confess: I am hooked, and was - almost from the beginning.  Recruited by Linda Burger, CEO of Jewish Family Service in Houston, to develop an online Guide to Disability Services, I embarked on a journey that has been life-changing. I had no background in what, at the time, was euphemistically referred to as "special needs." I had neither training nor personal experience in the field. Yet, intrigued by the challenge, I agreed to take on the job.

Sandra Block

The Love And Fear In A Mother's Hug

“Your soul is pure – it has already earned its place in heaven,” the mother said, and then followed her words with a long, still hug – two souls grasping on to each other – not wanting to let go.

Linda Burger
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