The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
We are part of a swath of URJ congregations in Southeast Texas, working with 20 congregations stretching from Beaumont east of Houston, to Galveston and Corpus Christi on the Gulf coast, up to Austin, the capitol of our great state, through San Antonio, down to McAllen, aka “the valley.” You can also find us (in alphabetical order) in Bryan (home of the Texas Aggies), Cedar Park, Missouri City, Schulenburg, Spring, Victoria, and the Woodlands (a planned community not unlike Reston, VA). We’re embedded in our communities and often are secular leaders involved in interfaith work and social action programs.
Some cities have multiple Reform congregations, and our sizes vary as well. We range from congregations with 20 to 30 families in small towns to two large Houston congregations - one with over 1,500 families and another with over 2,000 families. San Antonio’s Temple Beth-El was one of the founding congregations of the UAHC; that was back when we hitched our horses to the posts when those founders went to board meetings!
Friendly and welcoming are the by-words of Texas’ congregations…from a greeting of “shalom, y’all…” as you enter our sanctuaries, ‘til our goodbyes of “y’all come back now…” – S 9 is the best of the best.