All in Local Synagogues
Two members of Congregation Beth Israel were recently recognized for their local efforts to improve life in Austin. Alison Alter was elected to Austin City Council in the District 10 runoff election in December, and Dr. Kenneth Shine was named a 2016 Austinite of the Year by the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
"I just want people to understand, this is a respectful endeavor, not a gimmick. I hope that people respect that, that they understand I'm proud of who I am and where I come from..."
Congregation Agudas Achim is in the process of making history, as it has commissioned the first full Torah in Texas to be written by a soferet, a female Torah scribe.
There is a low boxy building near the University of Texas. Walking past you would think it contains storage for one of the seventeen floor buildings popping up in the West Campus area. In actuality, it contains one of the best kept secrets in the city: Chabad of Austin’s beautifully renovated women’s mikvah.