Welcome to the Congregation Beth Israel website! We hope that the words, photographs and links that make up our website will not only provide you with concrete information about our Temple community, but will also give you a feel for the unique "texture" of our congregation.
Congregation Beth Israel strives to blend what is most endearing about the city of Austin -- it's openness, friendliness, natural beauty, intellectual liveliness, artistic and musical culture and social awareness -- with the best of contemporary Reform Judaism: warmly welcoming all who walk through our doors; creatively engaging children and adults in the study of Torah; striving for authenticity and attentiveness in our relationships with each other, especially in times of celebration or difficulty; coming together for life enhancing and spiritually alive worship experiences; and being true to the Prophetic imperatives of Reform Judaism through community service and advocacy for social justice.
We are proud to be "a city congregation!" Our beautiful, Central Austin campus -- including our gardens, which have received certification as an Urban Wildlife Habitat from the National Wildlife Foundation -- is easily accessible by public transportation and is only a few minutes' drive from North Austin, Downtown Austin and the University Of Texas.
We would consider it a blessing to welcome you to any one of the many activities and gatherings detailed elsewhere on our website!
Rabbi Steve Folberg
Congregation Beth Israel's Mission
- Instills and nourishes Jewish spirituality
- Educates and enlightens intellects of all ages to the wisdom of Torah and the joy of Jewish learning
- Nurtures members through life cycle events at all ages and stages
- Enhances friendships in the spirit of communal warmth and sincerity by providing a wholesome and enjoyable social milieu for people of all ages – from cradle to old age
- Offers comfort and care for the sick, needy, and those in trouble or transition
- Embraces strangers and reaches out to interfaith families and the unaffiliated
- Extends beyond the congregation to the Jewish community and Austin community at large in the spirit of cooperation for the greater good of the community
- Welcomes members of all ages, marital status, and social and economic walks of life
- Builds leadership to perpetuate a strong congregation, devoted to the advancement of Judaism for generations to come
Membership is not a ticket to activities--our doors are open to all.
Rather, it is a way to participate in the service of doing.
It is being a part of the mitzvah of helping to create and sustain Jewish life for those who want it, need it, and are enriched by it.