Dear Friends,

As we have been watching the horrific effects of the monstrous flood, we think of the hardships that the people of the Houston area are enduring, and that they will face in the future. Earlier in the week, I received the following message from the Executive Director of Congregation Beth Israel, Texas’ oldest congregation. I share it with you in the spirit of a “gentle” appeal that there is something that each of us can do to demonstrate our humanity and our desire to be part of the healing that we hope for these people.  As it declares in our Torah: “You shall not stand idly by the blood (suffering) of your neighbor. I am confident that any and all contributions will be put to worthy use.As we have been watching the horrific effects of the monstrous flood, we think of the hardships that the people of the Houston area are enduring, and that they will face in the future. Earlier in the week, I received the following message from the Executive Director of Congregation Beth Israel, Texas’ oldest congregation. I share it with you in the spirit of a “gentle” appeal that there is something that each of us can do to demonstrate our humanity and our desire to be part of the healing that we hope for these people.  As it declares in our Torah: “You shall not stand idly by the blood (suffering) of your neighbor. I am confident that any and all contributions will be put to worthy use. 

Rabbi Greenberg,
Thank you so much for reaching out and for all your support to our congregation. Greater Houston has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Outlying areas have been destroyed and many families for miles and miles have been uprooted from their homes and rescued to shelters all around the city. Last night, the rains were lighter but more rain is coming as the storm turns and comes through Houston, likely on the east side of the city. Personally, we’re fine, but Congregation Beth Israel took on major water in our Sanctuary, again. 

We need help. We need resources to help families put their homes and lives back together. Once we can reach Beth Israel, we’ll open up to feed and care for area neighbors, as long as we need. It will take funds and food. The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston is accepting donations at their website www.houstonjewish.org, or donations can be made to Congregation Beth Israel by clicking here for our Beth Israel Temple Fund or to the 2016 Flood Victim Fund (which will be renamed to our 2017 Flood Victim Fund). These funds will provide support for flood relief and community meals. 

No one is going home soon. No one is returning to their homes to resume life as it was, immediately. Thanks for your outreach. Stay in touch. This isn’t over yet. “Gam Zeh Ya’avor,” this too shall pass. Houstonians are strong but flood-weary. 

Thank you so much. 

L’Shalom,David Scott

Executive Director and Director of Lifelong Learning 

At Congregation Beth Israel, Jewish life is relevant, modern, and joyful.

Shabbat shalom,   

         Rabbi David Greenberg