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Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States. Home to over 40,000 Jews, the Houston Jewish community is vibrant, and growing. The Orthodox community numbers over 1,000 families across three distinct communities within a six mile radius in Southwest Houston.

Living in the Houston Jewish community provides a small town, southern feel, with all the amenities of the big city.

Big City Amenities

Houston is the fourth largest city in the US, with a population of 2.145 million.

Culture

With a vibrant theater district and numerous museums, Houston is no stranger to culture. Houston is one of the few United States cities with permanent, professional, resident companies in all major performing arts disciplines: opera, music, ballet and theater. The annual Bayou City Arts Festival is recognized as one of the top 5 art festivals in the United States.

Sports

Houston is home to a number of professional sports teams, including the Houston Astros (baseball), the Houston Rockets (basketball), the Houston Texans (football), and the Houston Dynamo (Soccer).

Parks

Of the 10 most populous U.S. cities, Houston has the most total area of parks and green space, with a total of 337 parks and an additional 200 green spaces, including Hermann Park, home to the Houston Zoo.

Orthodox Synagogues

Houston is home to seven Orthodox shuls, in three distinct neighborhoods. All three neighborhoods are located within a 6 mile radius, and each has its own eruv.  

Chabad Lubavitch Center

The Chabad Lubavitch Center is a thriving Chabad shul and Torah center in the heart of Brays Oaks. In addition to the numerous minyanim and shiurim offered at the Chabad Lubavitch Center, the Center also hosts the keilim mikvah, men’s mikvah and women’s mikvah for the entire community. The Chabad Lubavitch Center also hosts Torah Day School, the chabad day school for children 18 months through eight grade.

Congregation Beth Rambam

Congregation Beth Rambam is a vibrant and diverse Orthodox Sephardic synagogue located in Southwest Houston, in the Brays Oaks (Fondren Southwest) Neighborhood. Led by the young and dynamic Rabbi Daniel Masri, Beth Rambam is a warm and welcoming Sephardic congregation where everyone is welcome to come pray, study and socialize. Members come from a variety of backgrounds as well as levels of observance; on any given day you will hear conversations in more than six languages!

The shul offers morning and evening services on weekdays and Shabbat.  There are many fascinating classes and learning opportunities, both during the day and evenings, offered throughout the week in English, Spanish and Hebrew, as well as many social events for both young professionals and adults.

Youth programming includes multiple activities for children of various ages each Shabbat morning and afternoon and trips throughout the year.

Congregation Torah Vachesed

Meyerland Minyan

Meyerland Minyan

Meyerland Minyan is a dynamic, Orthodox outreach congregation in the heart of Jewish Houston. Our synagogue offers an atmosphere of warmth and community that is open to Jews of all levels of learning and observance, making everyone feel right at home.

Meyerland Minyan is located in the heart of the Houston Jewish Community in the midst of the beautiful Meyerland neighborhood. The Minyan has an Eruv, which gives physical and spiritual expression to the concept of building a communal home.

Meyerland Minyan’s mission includes promoting Torah values, a sense of community and genuine Ahavat Yisrael, and support for the State of Israel among its members and throughout the city.

Meyerland Minyan offers a wide assortment of dynamic educational opportunities and programs for people of all ages and all backgrounds. We invite you to come and experience for yourself what makes Meyerland Minyan so very unique.

Young Israel of Houston

The Young Israel of Houston is an Orthodox synagogue located in the heart of Southwest Houston, Texas, in the Brays Oaks (Fondren Southwest) neighborhood. They have been a community institution providing minyamin, shiurim and exciting programming for over 25 years. The kehilla is made up of a diverse population of young, vibrant families as well as many founders of the Jewish community. Rabbi Yehoshua Wender has been the Mora D’Asrah since the inception in 1983. The Rav received his Smicha from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim and has been a leader for the shul and the community for more than 20 years.

The Young Israel and Houston community is truly unique in its diversity of members, with membership spanning the spectrum of Orthodox Jewry, while at the same time maintaining a strong sense of community. YI prides itself on this warmth, its commitment to Torah values and its continuous growth.

United Orthodox Synagogues

UOS is a Modern Orthodox congregation located in a beautiful and affordable residential area close to the Texas Medical Center, Rice University and the cultural and central business district of Houston. Currently, the membership is approximately 350 families and spans all generations. UOS is a center for worship, learning, and community service in Houston.

UOS believes in the philosophy of Torah u’Mada, commitment to Torah, halakhah, and the quest for kedushah, holiness and spiritual growth. Like other Modern Orthodox institutions, UOS values open intellectual inquiry and expression in both the secular and religious arenas; engagement with the social, political and technological realities of the modern world; recognition and deep appreciation of the religious significance of the State of Israel; and the unity of the Jewish community at large. UOS is affiliated with the Orthodox Union and Yeshiva University and other major Orthodox institutions in the United States.

At UOS, one can recognize that becoming religiously observant is a path where no one should be made to feel uncomfortable, regardless of their level of observance and Jewish knowledge. As UOS continues to grow, it remains committed to creating a warm and welcoming environment to all Jews who share a desire to develop their knowledge of Judaism and commitment to their faith.

Jewish Schools

Goldberg Montessori Preschool

Goldberg Montessori is unique in that it is the only pre-school/kindergarten program in the entire southwestern United States to successfully combine a rich Judaic curriculum with the motivational Montessori guidelines set down by Maria Montessori one hundred years ago this year.

Goldberg Montessori is fully accredited by the Texas Department of Human Services as well as the American Montessori Society. GMS prides itself on providing a nurturing environment that facilitates learning.

Montessori Goldberg School caters to children eighteen months through six years of age.

Robert M Beren Academy

Robert M. Beren Academy is a modern Orthodox Jewish day school affiliated with Yeshiva University, providing a comprehensive Judaic and college preparatory education.  We are committed to Torah and its ethical and moral precepts and to developing within our students a spiritual bond with the Land and State of Israel. We are also dedicated to our American heritage and achievement in contemporary society.

Robert M. Beren Academy caters to children aged 15 months through twelfth grade.

Yeshiva Torat Emet

Yeshiva Torat Emet is dedicated to instilling Torah values and positive character traits within its students. We are committed to helping each child reach his/her potential, and we encourage close cooperation between home and school.

Yeshiva Torat Emet prides itself on excellence in both Judaic and secular instruction. The students gain a love of Torah, as well as an excitement and interest in all Judaic aspects of life. In addition, we focus on Sephardic tradition, with an emphasis on Ivrit.

YTE caters to students 15 months through eighth grade.

Torah Day School

The mission of Torah Day School is to provide and promote the highest quality Judaic and general education to a diverse community of Jewish children. Our aim is to motivate students to reach personal excellence, and to be concientious members of society. Within a warm nurturing environment, our focus is to inspire a love for learning, develop academic and social skills, and foster responsibility in each individual.

A well-balanced education will foster a commitment to using Torah values as a guide to the decisions of life, community, and life-long learning and teaching.

Torah Day School caters to children eighteen months through eighth grade.

Torah Girls Academy (TGA)

The mission of Torah Girls Academy of Texas is to develop great Jewish women who possess a passion for Hashem, Torah, Israel, the Jewish People and academic excellence, and who are inspired to create vibrant Jewish homes and communities.

Torah Girls Academy caters to girls from ninth through twelfth grade.

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Kosher Food

Houston is home to six kosher restaurants, two takeout counters, a kosher smoothie store, a kosher bagel shop, and 3 grocery stores with kosher sections and kosher meat.

Kosher Meat Restaurants

Dino’s Restaurant

Middle Eastern/Mediterranean cuisine

Genesis Steakhouse

Upscale steakhouse

Laykie’s Gourmet/Cafe at the J

Meat soups and sandwiches


My Pita

Middle Eastern cuisine & Baked Goods

Saba’s Grill & Wok

Kosher Chinese & Israeli Grill Cuisine

Dairy Restaurants

Laykie’s Gourmet/Cafe at the J

Take out and dine-in (separate kitchens for meat and dairy)

Sabas Restaurant

PIzza, sushi, paninis, and salads

Green Vegetarian Cuisine

Vegetarian cuisine, vegan options available

Other Kosher Establishments

New York Bagels

Bagel store with some pastries, challah, and refrigerated items

Nekter Juice Bar

Juices, smoothies, and acai bowls

Kosher Supermarkets

Belden’s

Locally owned supermarket with kosher butcher and large selection of chalav yisrael items. Large selection of kosher wine as well.

HEB

Supermarket chain selling kosher meat, chicken, cheese, wine, and other kosher items

Randall’s Meyer Park

Supermarket chain with kosher butcher, kosher fish, cheese, wine, and other kosher items

Contact

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